Sometimes a mother needs a little help to be a good mother. Especially a new mother with no one to help her.
Like in the case of Natalya. She was born in a small village in Moldova, in a large family. Her parents led an immoral lifestyle with alcohol being the main problem. Children grew up in poverty and in unsanitary conditions. The house was built of mud, covered with reeds, with a leaking roof, without light, gas and water.
Poverty and alcohol abuse in the family affected all children and as they grew up also began to lead an immoral lifestyle. At 16 Natalya became pregnant from her older brother's friend. Baby Dima was born in 2017. The father of the baby did not want to be involved with him. Six months later, Natalya's mother died of liver cirrhosis.
Natalya and Dima were assigned to the Center for Social Adaptation for children and women in difficult life situations. They could be there for a maximum of one and a half years. After that, they could have been separated and Dima could have been taken to orphanage. But they were accepted to our partner’s temporary residence center, Family Love.
The staff of the foundation taught Natalya how to care for her child and herself. She did not know how to cook, clean, wash, feed the baby and manage a budget. She was also taught to communicate with her child and play with him. Natalya registered at the Job Centre and began looking for work.
Natalya now learns how to write and read. She is studying in a social studio and has already started sewing her first products - kitchen gloves. When she gets a job and has a steady income, she will be able to rent an apartment, manage her life and raise her son without our help.
Without the wonderful work of our partner Family Love and our amazing supporters Natalya and her son would not have a better future.
Her dad is in prison, her mum is a drug addict. She was hungry, dirty, undressed and ill while living at home. When she came to the Baby Home in Ukraine, she was scared of everything and she was eating with her hands and didn't chew. When our partner wanted to hug her, Tanya closed her eyes and started shaking.
She couldn't even walk until our partner spent a lot of time with her.
Your support has enable us to have people there for Tanya. Our constant attention and love helped Tanya to change. Her fear disappeared, she loves hugs now.
Who do you know who could spare £10 a month (yes, 30p a day) to support the abandoned baby programme that has helped changed Tanya’s life and dozens more like her? Please share this story with friends and direct them to the monthly donation page:
Your support is invaluable to us. Thank you for caring enough for the babies in Ukraine to help thjem in theri early years.
Our abandoned babies project offers even more dramatic help - and you have made this possible with your support. Our partner works alongside mothers who are expecting a baby and we have learnt that they want to seek a termination.
Often it is because of poverty and that there is no food or clothes. The mother may not have the knowledge of what support is available to her and her expected baby. We hone in on the problem(s) and then we help to gather all documents needed for benefits and also help her with renting a place to live. We provide them with nappies, food, clothes and that help is available till a baby is 1 year old and mum can work.
Here is one story of, we shall call her Alex. She is an orphan herself. When she was 5 months pregnant she asked ChildAid's partner for money for an abortion. It took us very long to persuade her to keep her baby but she agreed.
Upon the birth, we helped her to get a birth certificate, provided her with baby clothes, pram etc. and Alex is now very happy. She lives in a rented flat which her sister helps her to pay for it.
Today Alex'ss daughter is 2 years old and they still both visit our partner for some food or just to visit.
For obvious reasons of privacy we have decided not to include any pictures with this report.
This critical, life-saving work must continue. So do please pass onto any friends this report and the project link - sadly funds are urgently needed still.
Thank you and may you have a peaceful and blessed Christmas.
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