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.
Gleb was a surprise but very much wanted baby, born when his mother was 40 years old. Despite this, her pregnancy was good. But then everything changed. Gleb was born with his umbilical cord wrapped tightly around his neck. He was barely alive. He spent 3 weeks in intensive care and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Now Gleb is 3 years old, and he is able to show all emotions: he gets angry, rejoices, sings along when the music is playing, and smiles when he sees his friends. He is already trying to say words, sit independently and even walk. His hands have become stronger, now Gleb can hold objects longer. These results are very pleasing to the loved ones of the boy, because before that he could not do all this. To help him continue to learn new skills, he needs intensive physical therapy. His family have two older children and their finances are very stretched. Without assistance, they cannot afford everything Gleb needs. Can you help Gleb reach his potential and thrive?