We help disadvantaged children living in extreme need by sending aid (food, medicine, books, school supplies, diapers, clothing, etc) to orphanages throughout the world; initially focusing on the Philippines and Ukraine and responding to international emergencies as they arise. We strive to give hope and love to each child, 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
P.O. Box 7439
New York, NY 10116
(347) 699-MAYA (6292)
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.