Tanya's 12th-floor apartment can only be accessed by one of the two building elevators, both of which smell strongly of urine. This makes things difficult for Tanya, 8, who was born with severe cerebral palsy and cannot walk or speak. Tanya’s wheelchair can barely fit into the elevators.
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In the face of all her challenges, single mother of five Orli relies on hard work, faith in God, and The Fellowship. “I recently turned to The Fellowship for help,” Orli said. “Working in the welfare department has given me an insight into The Fellowship’s Kupat Yedidut, or emergency fund, project and so I made a request.” Learn how The Fellowship helped restore her hope.
Masha’s entire family suffers from illnesses. Valentina, her grandmother, battles dementia and recently sprained her ankle. Her mother, Anna, is only 46 years old, but has already had two heart attacks and suffers from diabetes. If Masha was healthier, she might be able to care for her sick mother and grandmother, but 16-year-old Masha is the one in most need of care. She was born with severe cerebral palsy, and cannot talk or move independently.
Anastasia, 30, found out she was pregnant with her first child right when the conflict in the Donbass region of Ukraine started, which made her and her husband, Kostiantyn, 35, nervous for their safety. Kostiantyn decided to move his family to the Zaporizhia region to leave the immediate fighting. “My wife was pregnant at the time; we moved because it was dangerous to give a birth to a child under conditions of constant shelling,” he said. “We took only the things that were necessary, and we left."
Emilia, 76, is one of Hesed center’s most dedicated volunteers in her Russian city. Hesed, one of the Fellowship-sponsored Jewish aid organizations located throughout the former Soviet Union, relies on volunteers to help provide relief to thousands of Jews – and Emilia feels blessed to be a part of this work. But recently she needed some help of her own . . .