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**Zlata**

Name:
**Zlata**
ID #:
CH01200
Age:
10
Birth:
April 16, 2014
Country:
Ukraine

**ZLATA REQUIRES BOTH REGULAR + MEDICAL SPONSORSHIP**

Dear Sponsor,

My name is Zlata, and I am 10 years old. Our city is located on the banks of the large and beautiful Dnipro River. Our city is very beautiful, especially now, when it’s spring outside. Beautiful flowers bloom everywhere and it’s very beautiful. I live in a large family: I have a mother, a father, and two younger sisters. My father is a chef, and he cooks very well. My mother is out of work, as she’s currently taking care of me and my younger sister. I love playing with my sisters. They organize “concerts” with songs and dancing for us every evening – it’s so fun! We also enjoy playing hide and seek, drawing, and reading many interesting fairy tales together. I love my family. I like eating cereals, potatoes, and meat, but I usually eat soups or borsch my mother cooks for us. On holidays we can have some cakes, fish, fruit, and other goodies. In summer we go for walks in the forest, swim in the river, and visit new places, but it’s not always comfortable for me to explore new and unusual places and it can be scary for me. So, we often go for walks close to our home, as I am used to this place, and I am always calm. I love warm seasons, as then we can go for walks more often and walk for longer. I am very happy that I will have friends from faraway countries. I hope that we will become friends. Thank you very much for the desire to help me and my family. We need your help.

With love,

Zlata

Caseworker Comments:

Zlata, with her sweet demeanor, shows warmth and kindness that touches everyone around her. Despite her gentle nature, she grapples with a fear of bustling crowds, finding solace in the embrace of her loving family. Her eyes, pools of compassion, light up with joy at the slightest praise, and her smile is a beacon of pure happiness.

Nestled in the safety of her parents’ laps, Zlata finds comfort and security, cherishing moments spent with her younger sisters, witnessing their innocent performances of poetry readings, playful interactions with toys, and shared fascination with picture books.

Though unable to partake in traditional schooling, Zlata’s journey is rich with the care of speech therapists and psychologists, who nurture her growth alongside her exploration of the natural world—delighting in the wonders of plants, animals, and insects.

Yet, amidst these tender moments lies the weight of Zlata’s diagnoses: Cerebral palsy, hemiplegia, symptomatic epilepsy—a reality that shapes her family’s daily life. With unwavering devotion, her parents navigate the challenges, their home a sanctuary of love and acceptance.

Memories of their own youthful love story infuse the family’s narrative, a testament to resilience and enduring affection. However, the joy of Zlata’s arrival was tempered by medical complications, leading to weeks in the ICU and a journey marked by unforeseen hurdles.

Ihor, the family’s sole breadwinner, pours his heart and soul into his work as a chef, yet his earnings strain to meet the demands of Zlata’s care. Despite financial hardships, their home radiates with the laughter and playfulness of childhood—a haven where messy spots are cherished reminders of a life well-lived. Anna, Zlata’s mother, selflessly tends to her daughters’ needs, fostering an environment of boundless love and creativity. In their home, every corner is a testament to their devotion—a vibrant tapestry woven with the laughter of children and the enduring strength of familial bonds.

As their journey unfolds, the family’s love remains steadfast, illuminating each day with hope and resilience. In the midst of adversity, they find solace in the simple joys of togetherness, their home a sanctuary where love knows no bounds. Your support would mean the world to Zlata and her family.