Maya’s Hope works to help disadvantaged children living in extreme poverty by sending aid (food, medicine, books, school supplies, diapers, clothing, toys) to orphanages throughout the world. Initially building strong relationships with centers in the Philippines and Ukraine, our organization now also seeks to fund international emergencies regarding children, as they arise, as well as continue expanding as funds increase. We strive to give hope and love to each child in need and to nurture a strong foundation for a brighter future.
“In 2007, I lost my mom unexpectedly. It made me realize that life’s short and if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans, because you never know what tomorrow brings.
I hated myself for being an ungrateful brat and taking her for granted, because I realized after she was gone how much she loved me. She taught me what it meant to be loved unconditionally. And after she was gone… there was no way I could ever tell her Thank You.
One day, I saw a cranky girl on the subway and, after making her laugh, something clicked: I decided to spend Christmas with children who also didn’t have a mom. I felt incredibly empty and lonely at that time, but I thought… hey, at least I knew what it was like to have a mom. I figured maybe I could share the love with children who didn’t. I later met poor children in villages who stared at me blankly when I asked them about their hopes and dreams… like it was the strangest question in the world. I wanted to show them they’re special and have value, like my mom did for me.
If you’re wondering why I do this… I think it’s simply because I feel these children’s pain. I remember I was with a little girl Kyla back in 2008 and I started to cry one night when I realized no one kisses her goodnight. It really got to me. And when we were at parties, Kyla would dance for me and I would cheer her on. I made sure she felt like a superstar. I would say, she is THE original superstar. That’s why I call my kids superstars. Because education isn’t the only thing that changes lives… love and confidence can change a child’s life.
Mother Teresa said – “one of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.” To me, these children are somebodys. I believe in each of them, even if no one tells them they are. To me, they are superstars.
I’m an advocate of malnourished, abandoned and abused children, and I love children who have disabilities of all types. I find that children with special needs are so resilient and are often very happy. They sure taught me a lot about life.
Our mission at Maya’s Hope is to send aid and love to these children, especially those who never experienced a mother’s love. The two countries Maya’s Hope serves today (Philippines and Ukraine) just so happens to be my parents’ home countries.”
– Maya Rowencak, Founder
Maya’s Hope Foundation
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Maya’s Hope Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All gifts to Maya’s Hope are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable under IRS regulations.