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Ilya: A Destitute Teen Receives Much-Needed Aid

Ilya, 13, lives with his mother and grandmother in a small run-down cottage on the outskirts of a small town in Uzbekistan, one of the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU). There is no running water — only an old pump and an outhouse, which Ilya must cross a courtyard to reach.

In this part of the city, garbage collection is inconsistent — if it happens at all. Piles of refuse line the streets, attracting bugs and rodents that make their way into Ilya's home. The family cannot afford coal or gas. Instead, Ilya collects sticks and branches, which the family burns to stay warm.

With his father out of the picture and his mother unable to work, the only help Ilya receives comes from the support of The Fellowship's generous Isaiah 58 donors. Thanks to Isaiah, Ilya receives much-needed vitamins, monthly food packages, and school supplies. This assistance is truly a godsend to a family that is poorer than most of us can imagine.

The problem of poverty among Jewish populations in the FSU is truly devastating. You can help poor Jews in this part of the world through a gift to Isaiah 58. Please give today

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