That night Violeta was not crying for the first time. Her exhausted, naked body was lying on the cold stone floor completely covered with bruises. Around her mouth were visible traces of rags used to forcibly close her mouth. Violeta was only 5 years old. Teachers and doctors of orphanage #2 of Kyiv region were preparing documents about the death of the girl, because they believed she would be dead in morning.
6 billion UAH - that is how much Ukraine annually provides to the state budget for the maintenance of orphanages. Mostly the money spent on food and medicine for children, at least - on furniture repair.
The average salary of the teacher in an orphanage reached 2300 UAH per month. They work every day, the day or the night shift. For such funds agree to work mostly locals in regions, where is located. That’s why they are no professional teachers or doctors in orphanages. And the main problem is that employees who do not like children and can not find approach to them are performing mechanical work for child care. They just dress children for a walk and give them food timely.
Maria did not immediately realized that her child had problems. Doctors reassured her that her son’s slow response and lack of emotion was a normal reaction after having a vaccination. When Anton was 7 months she took him to other doctors who immediately diagnosed the autism.
“Perhaps there can be nothing worse than having a healthy baby, to see how fast he grows and develops, and then become literally vegetable,” says Maria. “It took me over two years to realize and accept this child.”
Maria says that when she blamed the doctors who vaccinated her child, they recommended she leave the boy in an orphanage and give birth to a healthy baby. It was so shocking to Maria, that she now she goes for treatment only to Poland because she does not trust Ukrainian doctors.
Maria founded the Foundation that collects not only financial assistance for low-income families with children with cerebral palsy and autism. The main task of the fund "Loving Heart" is to conduct training for children with disabilities and adapt them to the society, and to provide psychological support to parents. Maria plans to adopt a child soon. She doesn’t think about the money, she just wants to helm children be happy.