LONELY AND ALONE IN UKRAINE... OUR SISTER MASHA
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent.
I would like to introduce you to Masha, an 84 year old Holocaust Survivor who our rescue team found suffering and all alone, while they were checking on one of her neighbours. This sweet sister immediately broke down crying, when she opened her front door and found our caring team standing there to check on her.
“I couldn’t believe my eyes when I opened the door to find a group of smiling warm faces staring at me”, says Masha. “It was like the flood gates opened up and my eyes were crying from pain, but also happiness at the same time. Someone was finally here to visit me! It had been months since I have spoken to anyone, and now, caring people were here at my doorstep”.
Masha is no stranger to suffering and pain. When she was just a little girl, World War 2 came to the Soviet Union while her mother was traveling. Her father was immediately called up to fight in the army, and was forced to bring Masha to an orphanage because her mother was retained at the border. Losing both of her parents in an instant was devastating for this baby and would go on to forever change her life.
“Living in the orphanage was really terrible,” says Masha. “It was always so cold and damp with little to no food to eat each day.”
When the Germans came into the village where the orphanage was situated, the director sent all of the Jewish children to live in a basement across the street. With tears rolling down her cheeks, Masha told us that they were locked up with rats all around them, and often suffered from bites on their little legs and feet.
Many years after the war ended, Masha was finally reunited with her mother who informed her that her beloved father was killed while fighting. It was at that moment that Masha made the decision to dedicate her life to helping those who have suffered from immense pain in their lives. She lived up to that promise by working for a Jewish relief agency for years, until she was no longer able to walk on her own.
Because of your love, Masha is now in our Senior Care Program where we are providing her with healthy meals, medical services and the loving care and companionship that she so desperately needs to survive.