“We’ve never seen this much food”–Sveta speaks quietly, in a low voice.
Dear Lord, this is our minimal food packet–groats, chicken, potatoes, eggs…
The girl has a charming smile and a thick braid of red hair–she and her father are on their own, they have no relatives.
I often write about single mothers. It’s particularly depressing to hear about men who abandoned their families in the midst of war and vanished. But there are also other stories–and thank God for them.
Aleksey adores his 11-year old Sveta. Their mom passed away in 2012 of cancer. Two years later the war came. Eight bombs fell around their house in Lugansk, though only three exploded. They were very lucky–though I wanted to put the lucky part in quotes, but they indeed were lucky.
Their neighbors lost their house, whereas Aleksey’s was only half-destroyed. There at least was something left that could be rebuilt. For some reason his house did not get materials under the reconstruction program, so he did everything with his own hands and money.

Sveta is terrific too–she’s been appearing in the Absolyut Theater since the age of 5, and performs at all city events. She’s into handicrafts and makes her own toys. She made the stuffed animal toy she’s holding on the photo above. She’s a good student, but it’s hard without mom.
The father works, cooks, cleans, takes his daughter to all manner of meetings and events, takes care of the garden, but his salary is tiny. It’s difficult to find another one, as he spends so much time on his daughter’s activities.
So it’s like with single mothers. They live very modestly.
We helped them with food.
Thanks to all who participate in our efforts!

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