Giving Israeli Students an Extra Push This Fall
This new pilot program takes a comprehensive approach to helping students falling through the cracks.
Despite her own battle with cancer and struggles as the single mother of a preteen with immune deficiencies and chronic respiratory issues, Marina Kasyanov is a portrait of optimism and grace. The 42-year-old, who must spend a significant portion of her meager $121 monthly income on healthcare-related costs, lives with her 12-year-old daughter Michel in the small southeastern Ukrainian city of Melitopol.
Though motherhood is an uncomplicated source of joy for many women, 41-year-old Ella Belenky’s happiness at giving birth to twin boys was tempered with deep worry: How would she provide for them?
A widow living alone in a small studio apartment in Bălți, Bronya Sushinskaya, 75, struggles to get by on her meager monthly state pension, especially during Moldova’s brutal winters.
Dmitri and Tatiana Belozerov live in the village of Chernigovka, Kazakhstan, with their two daughters, Snezhana, 8, and Viktoria, 6. Their village — located about 100 miles from the city of Petropavl, about the size of Yonkers, New York — is fast dying out, and employment opportunities are limited.
Liah, 16, is in 11th grade and already knows she wants to be a defense lawyer. She is eager to help people, because she knows firsthand a stranger’s assistance can mean the difference between life and death.
As she was turning 16 this year, Jackey wished she could look forward to a bright future full of possibilities. But coming of age during Bulgaria’s economic decline has left her feeling far less certain about her opportunities.
For the past two years, the Minevas’ downward spiral has mirrored Bulgaria’s economic decline—and now both have reached a critical tipping point. Mihaela, 40, proud mom of 15-year-old Monica, never imagined her family would plunge into poverty. In 2010, Mihaela’s husband lost his construction business and abandoned the family. The same year, her father lost his small grocery shop and suffered a heart attack.
Olga grew up under communism, when religious practices were outlawed and Jewish life was hushed for decades. She never learned any Jewish history or traditions in her home as a child; when she became a mom, she had none to pass on to her daughters.
For Konstantin, 25, and his family, the global financial crisis isn’t a newspaper headline. It’s a chapter in their tumultuous story, which has been playing out in Riga, Latvia for decades.