In Ukraine, parents of children with special needs are encouraged to hand their children over to state care. They are told their children are a burden on society. Children are sent to institutions where they are subjected to abuse and neglect. There is minimal support available to parents who fight to keep their children with them. Maya's Hope wants to help relieve some of the burden on these amazing parents and assist in keeping children with their families, where they belong.
Sonya was born in the seventh month of pregnancy and weighed only 1.87 pounds (850 grams). She breathed with the help of a ventilator for about three weeks. Doctors practically did not give a chance that the baby would live. But a miracle happened and Sonya began to breathe on her own. She did not have a sucking reflex, so she received food through a special feeding tube. Gradually, the sucking and swallowing reflexes appeared and Sonya began to eat liquid food through the bottle.
Sonya does not have a father. All this time, her mother is raising Sonya alone, since she herself has long been an orphan and has no one to help her. They live on disability benefits - about $110 USD a month. Sonya's mom cannot go to work, since there is no one to leave her daughter with.
Sonya is now 5 years old. She cannot walk and sits with support. She smiles when spoken to and understands speech. Sonya started talking about six months ago. She can say separate words. For her mother, this is great happiness, since she studies a lot with her at home, because she has no money for paid specialists. Sometimes it is possible to attend a free course of massage and therapeutic gymnastics.
Sonya at the age of five weighs only 26.4 pounds (12 kg). She eats only mashed food and liquids.
She needs formula to help her gain weight as well and diapers and medicines. Can you help provide Sonya with these for the next 3 months?