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Inna, a Chalice sponsored child in UkraineMy name is Inna. I am Ukrainian. I was sponsored by Chalice Sponsorship Program. In this letter, I want to express my heartfelt thanks to my sponsors. I am grateful that God gave me a chance to feel loved and cared for by such wonderful and blessed people. They filled the gap in my heart to become my foster parents at the time of hopelessness in my life.

When I was 4 years old, my father passed away. Although I was very little, I could perceive that this was a tremendous loss for me. I clung to my mother, but she took off soon after. My very young vulnerable soul suffered because of rejection and abandonment so much that my fragile body ailed continuously. I developed chronic bronchitis and spent in hospital more time than I spent at home. My mother didn’t even come to the hospital to visit me. The only people who were always by my side were my grandparents. I love them with all my heart. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if they didn’t take me under their care. They encouraged me to do well at school, and I even participated in academic contests.

My life changed a lot when I got sponsored in 2002. My sponsors have become my guiding star, my inspiration. Regular sponsorship benefits and warm parental letters from my sponsors were true incentive for me to keep going and try harder. I started to receive good food, new clothes, school supplies and other benefits which made me feel comfortable and balanced because I was no different from my peers, and so never felt deprived of anything.

I love painting. As a senior student I went to Arts and Humanities Lyceum where I spent two of the best years of my life. Owing to sponsorship I took a computer course and finished another course at an Art School. With painting, I can immerse into a different fantastic world of colours where I can use my imagination and forget about reality and all worries. Painting is like art therapy for me.

Correspondence with the sponsors inspired my other passion which is languages.

I was enrolled in the Teacher College in my town Chortkiv to become a teacher of primary school and English. I received good training there as sponsorship allowed me to remain focused on my education. Yet, I had an ambition to advance in my studies, so after graduation from the college I entered Ternopil National Pedagogical University to receive my bachelor’s degree. That made me so happy that I wanted my joy shared with entire world.

My goal is to do a master’s degree as well. I hope that will come true. Above all I feel so grateful to my sponsors for supporting me during my critical years. Owing to them I have made all my achievements. I am endlessly thankful to them for being a part of my life, for giving me their love and care for so many years.

May God continue to bless “Chalice” and reward all its sponsors.

Inna

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