SOS Ukraine - assistance for the disabled

by Fundacja im. Doktora Piotra Janaszka PODAJ DALEJ/ Doctor Piotr Janaszek PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
SOS Ukraine - assistance for the disabled
SOS Ukraine - assistance for the disabled
SOS Ukraine - assistance for the disabled
SOS Ukraine - assistance for the disabled

Project Report | Jun 30, 2023
This is my home now.

By Filip Sobieszek | Project Leader

Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation

Natalie and her daughter Sofia are inseparable. Both love flowers, and in Ukraine colorful flowers grew in every free spot on their windowsill. Sofia loves to paint them and she dreams of finding handmade paper somewhere because only on such paper her drawings smudge nicely. Ever since, thanks to PAY IT FORWARD Foundation, they have moved to Konin, they are constantly afraid that it’s only a dream and they will wake up soon.

Natalie has made a makeshift home for herself and for her daughter out of one-room apartment. There is a corner for Sofia, a sleeping area and even a place for guests who sometimes drop by for a coffee. Most of the wardrobe’s space is taken by Sofia’s colorful clothes. The room is very clean and cozy.

- There, in Ukraine, we lived in the countryside, where we had to push the wheelchair up the hill every time we wanted to get to the nearest bus stop. The four of us lived in a tiny apartment with an outhouse instead of a normal bathroom. We, who are healthy, managed but children with disabilities do have a problem. Here, thanks to PAY IT FORWARD Foundation, we have heaven on Earth. Oh, look at the bathroom, it is so modern and beautiful – Natalie say with joy while opening the door to the new bathroom.

Her 9-year-old daughter Sofia is a beautiful girl with a head of light and curly hair, curious, bold and very intelligent. She loves to draw, sing and she’s got really angelic voice. When asked if she is happy here, Sofia answers she is but she’s also afraid that everything happening now is just a dream from which she and her mom will have to wake up someday.

- I love being here. I got to school, I have friends to play with and in Ukraine I was sitting at home all the time. But most of all I have rehabilitation here. Sometimes I am afraid that I’m dreaming – the girl says in perfect Polish. Sofia has been suffering from SMA since she was a child. This brave girl is rehabilitated every single day, she is swimming in the pool and most of all, now she has got an access to different specialists and being treated.

- There is no specialized care for children with SMA in Ukraine whose disease has not fully developed. Sofia, despite her admittedly frail legs, still stands on her own feet so she had no chance for treatment in Ukraine. Even rehabilitation was unavailable. So I have learnt how to rehabilitate her myself, in order to keep her in the best shape possible. I worked in a shop and I saved every penny for my daughter’s rehabilitation. We have special rehab balls, mats, rollers, and bags at home. I will be thanking for the rest of my life for the opportunity to be here and for saving us from the war’s hell – Natalie says.

Sofia is sitting on the floor playing with her dream dollhouse. – I miss Ukraine, my dad, sister, brother and aunt Caroline, but now my little home is here. I like being here. Will you visit me again? – the girl asks and looks at me with her big, curious eyes of a 9-year-old who is, in fact, an adult woman…

Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
Natalie and Sophia - PAY IT FORWARD Foundation
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Project Leader:
Olga Janaszek-Serafin
Konin , Poland
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