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A glimmer of hope in Ukraine

Elizabeth is nine years old and lives in Ukraine with her mother, Galina, and her grandmother. When she was only five, her father left the family and attempted to renounce his parental rights so that he would not be required to pay child support. The local court forced him to continue to pay, but he has neglected to do so. The government gave Galina a temporary pension of about $15 per month, but it wasn’t enough. The family’s financial situation worsened in November, when Galina was diagnosed with cancer. Friends and relatives helped her pay for chemotherapy. Unfortunately, it was  ...