Name:   Nazar
ID #: UKR-ZL-01052
Age: 8

Birth date: April 17, 2012
Country: Ukraine
Community:   Zhytomyr Oblast (ZL)

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

Hello, my dear friend.

My name is Nazar and I am eight years old. I live in the village of Pechanivka, Romanivskyi district, Zhytomyr region. My mother does not work anywhere because she looks after my little brother Vasyl. My older sister Anna likes dancing and my sister Sofia likes playing hide and seek. My little brother Vasyl enjoys playing with toys. My best friend is Lukian. He is cool and we play hide and seek together. At Christmas, we play different games. We go swimming in the river or visit our grandma during summer holidays.

I am in third grade and get to school by bus. My classes start at 8 am and end at 2 pm. I like everything about school. At school, I like to study the following subjects: reading, math, Ukrainian, I discover the world and English. My favorite subject is art.

I like to eat porridge, borscht, and sandwiches. At home, I usually eat holubtsi (cabbage rolls), cutlets and soup. On holidays, my mother cooks holubtsi, cutlets, dressed herring salad (a Russian layered salad composed of diced pickled herring covered with layers of grated boiled vegetables (potatoes, carrots, beetroots), chopped onions, and mayonnaise), and meat chops. In my free time, I hang out with my friends.

I want to be a president when I grow up. I am looking forward to your letter.


Case-worker`s comments 2020

Nazar is a cheerful, kind, positive, and active child. He is in the third grade and does not do very well at school because his mother does not help him with homework and she does not pay enough attention to his school; Nazar`s older sister who is in the fifth grade tries to help Nazar with his homework.

Nazar lives with his mother Natalia, sister Anna (10 years old), sister Sofia (7 years old), younger brother Vasyl (4 years old), grandma Anna and Uncle Eduard. The family members do not get along with each other and they often quarrel with each other. Nazar`s grandma is not a pensioner yet but she already has serious health issues. She can hardly walk. Nazar`s uncle abuses alcohol and smokes a lot. He works in a sawmill and all the money he earns is spent on alcohol and his own needs.

Mother Natalia raises her four kids alone. Vasyl has diabetes due to the doctors` mistake: once the doctors mistakenly prescribed him the wrong dose of antibiotics (three times stronger). Now Nazar has to take insulin.

Nazar`s parents lived in a civil marriage for seven years. He started abusing alcohol, so the parents split up.  The father does not help his family at all. He has bone cancer and is in prison.

Then mother Natalia and her children moved to the grandma`s (Natalia`s mother) house. Natalia gets social and child benefits which are quite low. The money is spent mostly on medical treatment. Vasyl goes to the hospital very often because, besides diabetes, he has many other health issues. The situation in Nazar`s family is very difficult because his mother Natalia abuses alcohol as well. The kids often hear swear words and see some family members drink alcohol.

Nazar, Anna, and Sofia attend day programs at church and sometimes they go to Sunday school. They love to go to summer camp organized by the church.

The family lives in a small old four-bedroom house which is heated with firewood. The living conditions are poor. They also have a garden where they grow vegetables.

This family is working to grow a garden and working to grow up with a single mother and grandmother. Nazar and his siblings will enjoy the food they cannot grow (rice, pasta, oil). Medical needs for Nazar as a diabetic are a strain on this family. So sponsorship with monthly medical support will be lifesaving.