Faces of The Fellowship: Oleg

Faces of The Fellowship: Oleg

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Oleg, 52, lives alone in Minsk, Belarus, where he was born. His wife passed away a few years ago, and his only daughter lives in Israel.

Oleg immigrated to Israel in the early 1990s, soon after the Soviet Union collapsed. However, when his father died, he returned to Minsk to help his mother, who was too old to join him in Israel.

When Oleg’s mother passed away in 2004, Oleg, who has multiple sclerosis, was too sick to return to Israel. Unfortunately, Oleg’s life in Minsk has not been easy. In addition to multiple sclerosis, Oleg suffers from heart disease and weakness.

And making matters worse, in 2012, robbers broke into his apartment. In addition to stealing his belongings, they ruthlessly beat Oleg, who was brought to the hospital in critical condition. The Fellowship helped cover the cost of Oleg’s treatment and rehabilitation – a sum he could never afford on his own.  

The Fellowship continues to help Oleg today, providing him with personal hygiene items and homecare assistance. As his health deteriorates and his illness becomes more critical, he knows The Fellowship will be there to care for him when no one else can.

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