Maya’s Hope works to improve the quality of life of orphaned, impoverished, and special-needs children on a global scale. Whether providing funding for loving caregivers, vitamin-rich formula, or access to quality medical care, Maya’s Hope improves lives, one child at a time!
The Kalinovka facility is located far off “the beaten path”, in rural southeastern Ukraine.
It is 52 kilometers (about 33 miles) from Melitopol and 45 kilometers (30 miles) south of the county seat of Chernigov. To travel by car from the provincial county seat requires two-and-a-half hours of car travel, including a single-lane final stretch of one gloriously pot-holed road.
For many years, Kalinovka was considered “off limits” to visitors. Until the volunteers of the Schastlivyi Rebyonok (Happy Child) charity began to visit in early 2007, it was stories from persons in the surrounding villages painted a bleak picture: malnourished, poorly clothed children; gifts brought for the children just “disappearing”; inspectors receiving bribes to overlook glaring problems.
In 2007, visits by volunteer organization Happy Child confirmed these stories: staff were too few (for example, one aide might be tasked with feeding thirteen or more patients, some of whom cannot easily swallow or digest normal food). As a result, the most severely disabled were at risk of dying from malnutrition.
Since many bedfast children are incontinent, the need for disposable diapers is never-ending. Bedsores, lice, and skin infections were also constant problems.
Worst of all, however, is the fact that many of these children received little to no one-on-one attention or love.
Zaporozhye Orphan Asylum is a medical institution offering permanent accommodation for boys (age 4 to 18) in need of permanent and on-going medical care. It accomodates 155 children – including 61 orphans — living with Down Syndrom, epilepsy, rhesus blood factors, intracranial pressure, and their ongoing developmental effects.
Some children live here for as many as 25 years. Upon leaving, children, are sent to psychoneurologic hostels the villages of Kirovo, Preslav and Orlovo of Zaporozhye Region.
The asylum is under the authority of Social Protection Administration of Zaporozhye regional state administration, and is an establishment of community property that is financed by (a very lacking) regional budget.
That’s where Maya’s Hope comes in — literally! Our team and care providers offer endless love, support, playtime, and hugs to children that would otherwise be separated from their parents and society, and locked away.
In the town of Baliuag, there’s a home for poor, malnourished children. The Philippines suffers from large numbers of young, ill-equipped mothers and, as a result, orphans, so an orphanage might not surprise anyone.
But the location should: You see, House of Bread sits right behind the public market.
This isn’t a coincidence. In 1985, a woman named Ka Nena Cruz donated the 3,000 square meters of land to the missions run by Reverend Fr. Boyet S. Conception.
Meanwhile, Fr. Boyet and the youth from Galilee Home had begun to do their outreach program — even extending to the outskirts of Baliuag. It is here where the good priest found a number of children who were malnourished and sickly.
This land could have sold for a hefty sum. But she gave it all to the good public works being done here. From vitamins and food to clothing an acute medical interventions, our team strives to support this vital nutrition and community care center in any way possible.
See below for our latest visits and video messages from House of Bread!
In Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, the word “bahay” means house. But the Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres in the town of Bustos, Bulacan province is no ordinary house. It’s actually five houses that accommodate up to 20 children each. The St. Martin orphanage also provides social and psychological counseling, medical and dental care, education options and vocational training.
The orphanage was founded by Fr. Florentino S. Concepcion, known as Father Boyet, who has been ministering to the Bulacan’s most vulnerable for more than 30 years. Before founding the orphanage Fr. Boyet was a chaplain at a local jail and a missionary. His mission today is bringing hope to the hopeless, luckless children of the streets.
Not content to wait for the children to find the orphanage, the staff mounts a mission to the streets of downtown Baliaug every month, bringing food, faith and medicine to those who need them most. The children of the orphanage join in the effort, experiencing the blessings of providing for others.
Nor is St Martin content to serve only children. Its community outreach program provides nutrition, health care and skills training to adults and families in Manila’s Delpan neighborhood.
Kirov is home to over 400 young girls and women with physical disabilities and developmental delays. It is also home to a small number of bedridden boys.
In the junior section there are children with different special needs, the school program on which they are engaged within an academic year is intended for all of them. This program includes training to the elementary calculation, speech development, art therapy, musical therapy, audio therapy (so called “Fairy-tales” therapy), work therapy, physical culture.
Maya’s Hope provides formula for the bedridden children. We also hope to hire a nurse in this institution in 2015.
The Zaporozhye Baby’s home “Sun” (“Solnishko”) is more than half of century old. This unique in Zaporozhye area establishment, where live, receive education and treatment about 280 children. The children who live there are aged one month to four years. Some older children with special needs still live here.
Zaluchchia orphanage is home to 124 children and young people with special needs – they have intellectual and physical disabilities. They are orphans or children deprived of parental care. Zaluchchia orphanage is an institution of the 3rd – 4th type – all children residing there have intellectual disabilities and/or psychological disorders.
Sniatyn orphanage is home to approximately one hundred boys with special needs who are orphans or deprived of parental care. This is an institution of the 2nd type for children and young people with moderate / severe intellectual disabilities. They have occupational therapy mastering simple professions, there are arts and sports clubs, and a pets’ corner.
Donations big and small keep us going. Our team – and our kids – are eternally grateful to our generous corporate sponsors.
Maya’s Hope could not function without our wonderful charity partners in the Philippines and Ukraine.
Happy Child Foundation
Ukrainian Philanthropic Network
St. Luke’s Charitable Foundation
Bless the Children Foundation, Inc.
Bahay at Yaman Ni San Martin
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Maya Rowencak Crauderueff is the President and founder of Maya’s Hope. After being inspired by the orphans in the Philippines, she decided to send care packages to many orphanages which eventually led her to Ukraine. Previously, she has worked for Metalmark Capital as an Executive Assistant. She considers herself an international problem solver and enjoys making kids (and adults) smile.
Michael is a Portfolio Manager at Tocqueville Asset Management in New York City, where he manages discretionary investment portfolios for high net worth individuals and institutions. Prior to joining Tocqueville in 2008, Michael was an Associate Director and Assistant Portfolio Manager within the Specialized Investment Management Group at Bear Stearns Asset Management since 2003. He began his career at Bear Stearns in 2000 as an analyst supporting the firm’s institutional marketing and client service efforts, focusing on the not-for-profit and family office market. This background has been instrumental in helping to organize the efforts of Maya’s Hope. Michael received a BS in Finance and International Business from New York University, Stern School of Business and a JD from the Fordham University School of Law. Michael has known Maya on a personal level since 2005 and has been involved in Maya’s Hope from the beginning since he has always been interested in helping others that are less fortunate, particularly children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with friends and family, painting, skiing, going to the beach, and most recently playing Scrabble on his iPad.
David is a Senior Analyst at Apos Capital, a global long-short equity hedge fund based in New York City. He has known Maya since 2006 and has been supportive of her efforts since her very first trip to orphanages in the Philippines. He was the first sponsor of a child through Maya’s initial sponsorship program at Bethlehem House of Bread orphanage, and his belief in the program brought him to recruit friends and family as sponsors. Committed to finding sponsors for children and growing Maya’s Hope, David joined Maya’s Hope as a Director in June 2011. With a passion for helping children in need, David has volunteered for several non-profit organizations in the past, including Big Brother Big Sister, the Tuleeni Orphanage (Tanzania), the Upendo Orphanage (Tanzania) and others.
Dave has been a technologist for the past 15 years, building infrastructure and leading operations teams to support the technology boom in New York’s Silicon Alley at companies like Gilt.com, Viggle.com, and most recently as Infrastructure Architect at Jibe.com. An inveterate polymath, he’s spent time as a photographer, motorcyclist, professional musician, amateur opera singer, paragliding pilot, muay thai fighter, climber of rocks, and wine nerd. He also volunteers assisting and coaching disabled climbers with the Adaptive Climbing Group (www.nycadaptiveclimbing.com).
Years ago, I was deeply moved by an essay written by Forest Witcraft and it is my fervent hope that, in one hundred years, the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.”
Keshia is a Registered Nurse from New Zealand. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2009, specializing in care of the elderly. She enjoys reading, music and spending time with friends and family. She is passionate about improving the lives of orphans in Ukraine and visited the Cutie Pies there in July – Sept 2014! They have stolen her heart.
Ethan Cohen graduated from MIT in 2000 with a bachelors degree in Biology. He’d always known that his future was in medicine, but he decided to delay his medical studies for a year to work in a residential treatment facility for children ages 6-11 with mental health issues. That experience changed many of his perspectives forever.
In the fall of 2001, Ethan returned to his native state of Texas to begin medical school at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. A few years later, he faced one of his biggest challenges to date. The time had come to decide what type of medicine he wanted to practice. His initial interests included Ophthalmology and Pediatrics, while later on he began considering Orthopedic and Plastic Surgery. In the end, he decided on Radiology, the specialty that interprets medical images like x-rays and MRI’s.
He stayed on at UT Southwestern for residency in Radiology and eventually was accepted into the university’s Breast Imaging Fellowship. It was during this extra year that Dr. Cohen began to finally focus his career on breast cancer detection and early diagnosis.
Ethan now lives in Houston, TX with his wife, Damaris, and two young sons, Lucas and Milo. He is currently the Director of Breast Imaging for Houston Progressive Radiology Associates, and work and family keep him very busy. He enjoys sports and traveling in his free time, which maybe one day he can find more of.
He became involved with Maya’s Hope many years ago through his brother David, one of the original sponsors. He and his other brother have sponsored a pair of young brothers from the Philippines for many years now. They have become close to these children, and realized that everyone can help enrich the lives of children thousands of miles away. Moreover, through the Medical Advisory Committee of Maya’s Hope, Ethan has been able to lend a helping opinion for multiple children with various medical disorders. The most important part of the organization is giving back for all the good fortune that has come his way.
Director of Development, Gilda’s Club New York City
Jennifer started volunteering with Maya’s Hope in 2014 filling in with graphics where needed and was making glitter cards. She is now helping us with a lot of our graphic design needs, is on the host committee for our gala and fills in where ever she can!
When she isn’t helping cutie pies, Jennifer is the Director of Marketing/Creative Director for a company in Sparta NJ and lives in northern NJ with her husband and rescue dogs and cat.
Hi, I’m Jennifer, the other graphic designer for Maya’s Hope. I started volunteering with Maya’s Hope Foundation in May 2017. I found the opportunity while searching for a new job. Volunteering for such a great cause was an easy decision. Once I started working with Maya and the team I knew I made the right choice because everyone made me feel so welcomed. I began designing flyers, invitations and Gala materials.
I grew up in New Jersey and have lived there my whole life. When I’m not volunteering for Maya’s Hope I’m designing for other companies. In my spare time, you’ll probably find me at an acting class, at the beach or playing my guitar. I’m so glad I was able to join this team and work to help so many children in need.
Christina is the Director of Operations at Maya’s Hope, having joined to carry out the vision to lay the operational foundations to scale as an organization.
Prior to her work with Maya’s Hope, Christina worked with Fortune-500 companies to help them grow their customer and employee engagement, partnering with executive and senior leaders to create strategic roadmaps, build tools, and eradicate barriers.
She served on the Board of a YMCA branch in Pittsburgh and is thrilled to have found a way to contribute in NYC, where work being done at Maya’s Hope is beyond inspiring.