Hello, friends! Today I would like to tell you about a very special trip and a very special project and some very special people.
I have talked before about Maya's Hope, a wonderful charity that is dedicated to helping needy children in Ukraine and the Philippines.
After visiting the Kalinovka orphanage (the same orphanage that is profiled in Ukraine's Forgotten Children) in 2011, Maya knew that she needed to act to help these children. She responded by creating a caregiver program that currently funds three caregivers to work with and love the children at Kalinovka. She also has a formula sponsorship program to provide specialized formula for some of the sickest and most malnourished children. She also sends additional supplies as needed. Maya, her organization, and the dedicated sponsors are doing great things for Kalinovka!
And now it's time for Maya to go back. She has missed her children over the last year, and she will be leaving in slightly less than two weeks to visit Kalinovka again.
This time, she is planning a very special project. I'll let Maya tell you about it.
Maya plans to produce a video about the most forgotten children of Kalinovka, an already-forgotten place full of already-forgotten children. But the bedfast children, the children in the "laying rooms," are the ones who are almost never seen. Little is known about their lives. They are the children whose stories most need to be told.
And you can help Maya fund this venture! You can visit CrowdRise to donate for this project.
This trip and this project are very personally meaningful to me for two reasons. One is that, when Maya travels to Kalinovka, she will be taking with her a gift for one of my boys. In fact, she will be taking two gifts. My daughter outgrew a sweatshirt she loved, and she knew that Maya was taking warm clothing to the children of Kalinovka, so she asked to send her sweatshirt along with my gift.
Also, my boy is one of the bedfast kids whom Maya will be filming. His face, his life, and his story will become visible to many who have never before known the plight of these children.
(You may notice that I haven't shown a photo of my boy. That's because I am not allowed to publicly identify where he lives.)
Maya leaves in less than two weeks. Her fundraising goal is $2,500. Please help the children of Kalinovka! They are truly some of the most forgotten, and most wonderful, children.