Name:  Erik 

ID #:     TZ 01270
Age:     2 years old 

Birth date:  July 20, 2019 
Country: Ukraine
Community:  Ternopil Oblast

Dear Sponsor,

My name is Erik, and I come from a beautiful city in Ternopil Oblast. I like this city a lot; there is a beautiful river of Dniester and beautiful parks in which local residents rest. In summer, I enjoy playing on a swing and going for a walk. When winter sets in, I like sledging and playing in the snow with a cat. And for holidays, mom cooks my favorite dishes for me, like a beetroot salad and meatballs. Usually, I eat different sorts of cereal, and my favorite one is barley with milk. As for friends, my sister Milena and my aunt Veronica are my friends. I spend my spare time with them playing different games, especially playing with a construction set.

I want to thank you in advance for the love and warmth that you’re willing to embrace me with.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Erik

Case-worker`s comments 2021

Erik is a very calm and prudent boy who likes playing with LEGO and putting puzzles together. The family members get along very well. The kids respect their parents. Because of the war in the east of Ukraine, the family had to leave Donetsk (eastern Ukraine) and move to Zalishchyky. They did not know anybody when they came here. When Erik`s grandma (the mother`s mother) died of cancer, his mother became guardian of her younger sister. The  aunt to Erik now lives with them and is part of the family. The financial situation is difficult. The father works part-time and the money he earns is hardly enough to cover the expenses of the family. They all live in a small rented room in the dormitory and their living conditions are poor. There is hardly enough space for the kids.

Erik and his family have lost a mother and grandmother who could provide encouragement. The caseworker can provide kinds words and food packages that can help them to survive while Erik’s father looks for fulltime employment. These young parents are also caring for another young adult and should be commended for taking on this additional responsibility.