Name:  Ilona

ID #: TZ 01250
Age:  2 years old 

Birth date: March 8, 2019 
Country: Ukraine
Community:  Ternopil Oblast/ Zalischyky

**SPECIAL NEEDS**   Clubfoot        Sponsorship $35 + Medical Support $35 = $70 Monthly

Dear sponsor,

Thank you very much for your willingness to support my family and me! My name is Ilona and I am almost two years old. I have very beautiful and wonderful parents who take care of me. My mother`s name is Khrystyna. She works a lot at home and takes care of my brother and me. My mother cooks very tasty borscht. I also like mashed potatoes. Quite recently my family had very tasty holubtsi (cabbage rolls) and Olivier salad for Christmas dinner. In my free time, I like to play hide and seek with my father. I am a good housekeeper: I help my mother do the housework. I have a dream to start going to kindergarten soon, but I am too little now. I also help my mother look after my one-year-old brother. He is my best friend.

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to write to you. I am also grateful to you for being my sponsor. I am looking forward to hearing back from you.

Ilona   

Case-worker`s comments 2021

Ilona is a very cheerful and active girl who likes to help her mother and play with toys and then put them away with her brother. Her parents get along with each other really well and take proper care of their children, trying to provide them with lots of love and attention. The parents want their children to know that they can always rely on them. The only thing that bothers their family is Ilona`s health issue: she has the clubfoot deformity. The parents try to do their best to get this deformity corrected, putting maxim effort and money into that. They don`t want Ilona to feel embarrassed because of that when she grows up.  Medical expenses add some stress to the family as they want to provide the best care but often do not have the funds.  The family rents a small room in the dormitory. Recently the rent price has gone up and the father`s income is not enough to cover all family needs. The mother cannot work because she has to take care of two little children. The room where the family lives is small and there is not enough space for two little children to play and make noise. It is cold in the room because the windows let in air, so the parents have to use an electric heater, which increases the electrical bill during the winter and fall.  In general, the living conditions of the family are safe.

Making a dormitory a home is hard but Ilona’s parents are trying to provide a good home to their children.  Sponsorship will encourage these young parents socially and monthly food packages will give them basics food and hygiene items.