“Here help is not just words, it’s real.”
Galina was desperate to escape her abusive marriage. But she knew that if she left with nowhere to go, her son Ivan would be at risk of being sent to an orphanage. Thanks to the pioneering family support services that Hope and Homes for Children has developed in Ukraine, Galina and Ivan were given the temporary safe haven they needed to make a fresh start and specialist support to rebuild their life together.
Galina works long hours in a factory that makes train wheels and says she wishes she had more time to spend with her sons. But her job means she has been able to take a loan to buy a small flat. Staff at the Family Centre have helped to raise funds to pay for the property to be refurbished. Soon Galina, Ivan and Roman will be able to leave the Mother and Baby Unit to begin a new independent life together. “I feel more positive now”, Galina says with a big smile, adding “I will be grateful all my life for the help I’ve been given. Here help is not just words, it’s real.”
Find out more about the challenges we are facing in Ukraine here.