In Ukraine, parents of children with special needs are encouraged to hand their children over to state care. They are told their children will be a burden on society and are unworthy of love. Children are sent to orphanages and 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.
Beautiful Nastya is one of the amazing children in our Ukrainian program. While she was still in the womb, a "true knot" formed in her umbilical cord which led to hypoxia and a hemorrhage in her brain. After birth she spent two weeks in the intensive care unit, two months in the department of neonatal pathology, and was then discharged home with a lot of diagnoses, convulsions and lack of a swallowing and sucking reflex. Her parents refused to abandon their child and have fought a daily battle to keep their daughter happy and healthy.
In 2016, after another bout of pneumonia, Nastya was given a tracheostomy. Her trach needs constant suctioning to prevent her airways becoming obstructed. She has an extremely loving family who take very good care of her. But it is not easy.
We are raising funds to cover the costs of her formula, diapers, medicines and more for the next 3 months. Want to help?