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.
Sveta was born at 35 weeks and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Shortly after birth, her lungs collapsed. The doctors told her mother she would not be a healthy child and asked if she wanted them to resuscitate her or not. Her mother told them immediately to resuscitate her. Sveta's mother was also left to raise her three children on her own. Sveta and her mother live in a tiny home with only two rooms. Sveta began to walk at age three, using a walker. She went through a growth spurt at the age of 10 and her mobility has deteriorated since then. She is now 13 and needs surgery on her legs which will hopefully enable her to start walking independently again and give her more freedom! Sveta is full of hope and determination to achieve this goal. www.mayashope.org