This is another in a series of reports on people who are under our ongoing care.
Thank you everyone who, in spite of the summer and vacations, is continuing to help the people of the Donbass. Sometimes I’m at a loss for words to express my gratitude for your trust and caring. Nearly every time people respond me with letters which ask me not to thank them. Please allow me that.
It’s very pleasant to “give thanks.” To be sure, one may consider “thank you” to be flattery, but I really want to hug you all.
And now about our people.
Lyubov Mikhailovna is the grandmother of Timur and Elisey. No parents–the mom ran off at the beginning of the war and hasn’t been heard from since. They live off grandma’s pension, there’s no other income. She is disabled due to diabetes and blood pressure problems. She can’t get child benefits since the kids officially have a mother.
To read more about this family, click on the Timur and Elisey tag at the bottom of this post.
When Lena brought this family aid, it was Elisey’s birthday, he just turned 6. Every time I see a photo of this family, I’m riveted by Elisey’s gaze. It’s very grown-up and unique.
This is Ira with her daughter Vika who’s really grown since we met. They are in the long-suffering Vergunka which is on the line of separation. It’s terrifying to live there, since shells can come at any moment. Ira is a single mom and we’ve been helping her for a long time. She also has a son Vova. The father ran off when she was pregnant, during the heavy shelling of Lugansk. She’s raising them on her own. I wrote in my last piece she worked as a clerk but I got confused. She actually works at a factory assembling heavy locks. She recently cut two fingers and dislocated a third one when a heavy lock broke off and fell during assembly. She works there unofficially, so she can’t count on hospital days off. Her house was seriously damaged during the summer of ’14. In addition to money problems there are the health ones. Vika takes care of the house while mom is at work and also looks after her younger brother when he’s not at the kindergarten. It’s impossibly hard to raise two kids alone, knowing that the UAF are only two kilometers away and can shell the village at any moment.
To read about this family, click on the “Ira” tag at the bottom of this post.
Another family where the grandmother raises her granddaughter on her own. But here the story is different and far more horrifying–Natasha’s mom died right in front of her daughter due to shelling.
They live together on the granny’s pension. We’re trying to help them regularly, which is why Elena Vladimirovna is able to by medications which she needs and which she couldn’t buy before. Zhenya says that when they first met, “she was beside herself.”
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