Seven-year-old Bogdan Mayurov lives a challenging life with his parents Marina and Oleg in the southwestern Ukrainian port city of Odessa.
Since birth, Bogdan has had special needs, suffering from epileptic attacks, frequent colds, and a speech impediment. Marina doesn't work, instead spending her time caring for her son, and Oleg struggles to provide for his family on the salary he gets from the occasional odd job.
The family receives just $138 per month from the Ukrainian government as a disabilities allowance for Bogdan, and utilities alone eat up more than half of the additional funds Oleg brings in most months.
The Odessa Jewish Family Service, supported by JDC, ensures the family can provide necessary medications, speech therapy sessions, and a bed for Bogdan. JDC also provides Oleg and Marina with a food card to purchase groceries at the local supermarket, holiday meal sets, and the cash to complete critical household repairs.
Without JDC's help, the family would quite literally not have a roof over their heads; recently, Hesed helped fix the ceiling of the family's ground-floor kitchen, stopping persistent flooding from an apartment upstairs.
We help Bogdan and his family overcome their many challenges and ensure they know they are not alone.
For JDC, the Mayurovs are just one of the thousands of the most vulnerable Ukrainian Jewish families we are committed to assisting – during crises and during quiet times. But for Oleg, Marina, and little Bogdan, our support means the world.
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