Imagine trying to survive on only $48 a month – around $1.50 a day. It sounds impossible. Yet each month that is exactly what Yuriy, an elderly resident of Kiev, must do. After spending his whole adult life working on construction sites, Yuriy unfortunately has little to show for it. His pension is unbelievably small, and because much of his working life overlapped with Soviet times, he never had savings or any type of personal retirement plan.
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The world in which 9-year-old Nastya lives is full of challenges. Her tiny apartment, just one small room and a kitchen, is in an old Soviet apartment complex in a dangerous part of Kiev, Ukraine. Many of her neighbors are criminals and virulent anti-Semites. The walls of her building are covered with nationalist and neo-Nazi graffiti.
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.
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.”