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.
"Good day. This is my daughter, Ksenia. She has cerebral palsy and she is 3.8 years old. Ksenia has been on a lactose-free diet since birth, as she has a genetic lactose intolerance. In addition to this, she has a gluten-free diet, as the pediatrician told us she is gluten intolerant, after several tests.
My daughter has started walking and eats on her own, but she eats only the foods that she can. To diversify her diet, I am constantly looking for new products that are labeled gluten-free and lactose-free. But as experience shows, these products are very expensive, and for me, a mother who had to take extended leave to care for a child with a disability, who receives only a small pension and alimony from Ksenia's father, the issue of Ksenia's nutrition is very acute, since there is not enough money for everything she needs. (Her father left the family when Ksenia was diagnosed with cerebral palsy). The prices for gluten-free and lactose-free products are very high in our country.
Thank you for your past help with food, rehabilitation and medications in quarantine. I am sincerely grateful to you, thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Can you help us purchase special food for Ksenia for the next 3 months?