Dennis was never hugged as a child. His mother abandoned him at birth, and he spent his first three and a half years neglected and unloved in a Russian orphanage. Dennis became an introverted little boy with occasional outbursts of rage. Learn how The Fellowship helped.
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Vera, 13, lives in an apartment on the outskirts of Kiev with her parents, Anastasia and Sergey. Vera stays very busy singing in a choir, excelling in school, designing costumes, and medaling at swim meets. Her schedule and accolades would be impressive on their own, but when you learn that Vera was born with cerebral palsy and couldn’t even walk until she was 3, you realize how truly impressive this young woman is.
Alexander, 14, lives with his mother, step-father, and two half-siblings – 5-year-old Ian and 3-year-old Anatoly – in a small apartment in Kiev. Alexander’s older sister, Ruslana, lives in Israel. Alexander wishes he could follow her there – not because his family is unkind, but because of the anti-Semitism he faces in school.
Eight-year-old Elizabeth lives with her parents, two of her sisters, and paternal grandparents in a tiny apartment in Ukraine. Elizabeth sleeps with her sisters, 11-year-old Sofia and 15-year-old Alexandra, in a room lined end to end with mattresses. Thankfully, her two oldest sisters were recently awarded scholarships to study at a Jewish program in Austria. Otherwise, all five siblings would continue to sleep in their crowded room.
As Yulia's family works to reunite and climb out of debt, they are grateful for The Fellowship's loving care.