Baby Zlata is just over a year old. She was born at 31 weeks. She fought to survive her first few weeks, with her mama by her side. Later she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy that affects all her limbs and microcephaly.
"But despite all this, I have a huge dream. I want to be a healthy child. I want to smile, looking at my happy parents. I want to stretch my arms towards them and hug them very strongly. I want to run with them in the park along the path, holding hands. I want to play with my sister ... But for this I need a long and high-quality rehabilitation. And I also believe that angels exist. They live among us and help us fulfill our dreams."
Who wants to be one of Zlata's angels and help make her dreams come true?
In Ukraine, parents of children with special needs are encouraged to hand their children over to state care. They are told their children are a burden on society. Children are sent to institutions where they are subjected to abuse and neglect. There is minimal support available to parents who fight to keep their children with them. Maya's Hope wants to help relieve some of the burden on these amazing parents and assist in keeping children with their families, where they belong.