Stories

We’re inspired by the courage and resilience of the children we work for. Read their stories here:

  • Home at last for Christmas: Maxim’s Story
    Maxim is 16 years old and has spent most of his life trapped in Ukraine’s vast and loveless network of children’s institutions. Now though, he is looking forward to celebrating Christmas in a home where he is loved. Maxim’s mother couldn’t cope with raising her children in poverty and so, when he was three, he […]
  • Facing the future together: Irina’s story
    Irina Kadar is the youngest of five children. She lives with her mother, Tatiana, and her brothers and sisters, in a rented flat in a town in the North West of Romania. The Kadar family’s house is small and basic but it means the world to Irina and her siblings because without it, the chances […]
  • She is my life: Azra and Alma’s story
    Azra Čaušević is a happy, high-spirited little girl who lives with her mother, Alma, in a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Azra loves songs, she loves you to talk to her – she needs a lot of attention!” Alma says. Alma is only 19 but she knows what it takes to be a good mother. […]
  • Growing up together: Gloria’s story
    Gloria is 10 years old and the eldest of four girls. She loves to play with her younger sisters, Reveca, Elena and Maria. Without the support of Hope and Homes for Children though, it’s very likely that Gloria and her sisters would now be living in an orphanage, separated from each other and from their […]