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Photo Diary – October 29, 2012 at 08:53AM

This letter is quite long. In fact three pages long… but we’re only posting the first page.

It is a letter from Lilya, a Maya’s Hope caregiver. She is actually their art teacher!

(She addressed her letter to Tanya, who is an old friend. It was easier for her to address it to a friend rather than write to the Maya’s Hope community!)

Hi, my dear Tanya!

How is everything? How is your health? What’s new?

Everything is good here. Everyone is alive and well. Recently, a long awaited event finally took place, which excited everyone.
Our little Alesha found a family. It’s a miracle! His future mother had stayed in Kalinovka for a while. All the children constantly fought for her attention, but Alesha immediately felt that she belonged to him (which is typical for kids) and jealously pushed the others away. Now Alesha is far away from us, but I am sure that over there he is surrounded by loving and caring parents and siblings!
All the children often remember him with a smile. This story had an impression on a little boy, Serezha. There was suddenly hope in his eyes. Sometimes my heart breaks when I see him sitting away from others, looking in the distance. As though at any moment on the horizon there will appear someone who will need no one but him. He is not exactly an angel, but it’s worth noting that lives in a group home for children, where there are many others like him, experiencing a lack of attention. But he is still special. He really wants to be needed! Tries to help everyone, to be involved in everything.

Most of the guys in our group already perform their duties without being reminded to do so. They help each other dress, make the bed, set the table.

Especially endearing is when you arrive to the house in the morning and you are greeted by sunny smiles, all covered in toothpaste! These guys can easily be in a toothpaste commercial! And some try to brush more than their teeth… :)

Yesterday the guys and I finished making the tree out of beads. Everyone strung the beads, Serezha collected the parts, Artem painted the trunk, and Sasha glazed it. He is proud when he is allowed to be the one to finish the job. He is almost ready to make the entire model. Serezha already learned to make the parts and put them together into a finished product. I am proud of him. I also love the fact that the guys have a natural feeling of unity. I think in a year no one will even recognize them anymore. These boys are showing interest in art and music! Some of them are even trying to dance. So funny! Some are shy. But it will come to them in time.

At home everything is fine. Everything is moving along as it should. We’re gradually preparing for the winter. Collecting the harvest, canning the vegetables. The girls are going to school. Helping out with everything. Sometimes they come with me to work. My youngest really cares for the boys in Kalinovka. She makes drawings for them, collects fruits and passes to them through me. Even sacrificed all her toys – I never expected that of her! She says she is now too old for them.

I’ll wrap up for now. My girlfriend just came to visit, so we’re getting ready to have some tea!

Bye!
Please write!
I wish you health and happiness!

(Translation by Kat Dudina) via Maya’s Hope – on Facebook