Seven-year-old Margarita lives in a tiny apartment in a large Soviet-style apartment block in central Kiev, Ukraine. All Margarita can see outside her window is a mall and a busy intersection, basically many feet of concrete and cars. Inside, things are not much better. The wallpaper is so old and faded it has totally lost all its color.
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At 91, Bella still makes an effort to get dressed up on the rare occasions she has visitors. This long-time resident of Kiev, Ukraine, spends much of her time alone, save for visits from Irina (Ira), her homecare worker provided by Fellowship-supported Hesed. “Ira goes well beyond what is required,” Bella explains, referring to Ira’s multiple visits each week. “She cares for me like a mother.
Fourteen-year-old Yafim suffers from asthma, and has recently been diagnosed with cysts on both his lungs as well, further impeding his breathing and his ability to exert himself in any game or physically demanding activity. “I feel trapped,” said Yafim when he was asked how it feels to live with his health challenges. “I am trapped in this tiny, filthy, and cold one-room apartment. I am trapped in my body that won’t let me run and play like other children my age.”
Three-year-old Veronica lives with her mother, sister, and grandmother in a tiny apartment in Ukraine. They try their best to survive on her mother's salary and her grandmother's pension - combined only $185 a month - but it simply isn't enough. Learn how The Fellowship is now offering hope to this sweet, sickly girl.
Six-year-old Yonatan lives with his 15-year-old brother, Shahar, and their mom, Chani, in Israel. Chani works as a clerk in a building materials company, a full-time, minimum-wage job that doesn’t cover all of her family’s needs. Despite their poor financial situation, Chani is upbeat and does everything she can to give her boys a good life.