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May 21, 2013

Dear Sponsor,

My name is Alina, and I am 10 years old. My father is a military man, and my mother is not working because she is pregnant. I am in the fourth grade and get to school on foot where I usually spend 7 hours. I really like my school! I study different subjects at school, among which are Reading, Mathematics, Natural Science, Ukrainian, Basics of Healthy Lifestyle, etc. My favorite subject is Logarithmic (speech development with the help of movement). As for food, I like pizza, ice cream and chocolate, but at home, I usually eat soup, mashed potatoes, porridge and pizza.

I want to be a singer when I grow up. Thank you for everything.


Caseworker’s comments:

Alina, a young girl who is introverted by nature, attends a specialized school due to her difficulties with reading and struggles to interact with her classmates. Her academic progress lags behind, posing significant challenges in her educational journey. Additionally, Alina’s mother is currently expecting her seventh child, with the due date in June. The complexity of their situation arises from the fact that the mother has been married four times, resulting in Alina and her siblings having different fathers. Despite these circumstances, Alina and her siblings have embraced their fourth stepfather, who is now serving in the army, as a father figure, and they maintain positive relationships within the family.

Due to her pregnancy, the mother is unemployed, and the children do not receive any state benefits or alimony from their previous husbands. Their living conditions are incredibly difficult as they reside in a cramped two-room house shared by eight people. Basic necessities such as running water, plumbing, and electricity are lacking. In fact, the electricity supply was disconnected for a considerable period until the fourth husband intervened and settled the outstanding bills. The children also require bunk beds, and the house itself is in a state of disrepair, with a malfunctioning stove and general dilapidation. The living conditions are dire, necessitating immediate attention and improvements.

Alina and her family are in a state of desperation and are in urgent need of your support.