As most displaced children, Olenka changed place of residence for several times. Currently she is living Kyiv. Olenka used to live in Avdiivka, Donetsk region, together with her parents and a grandmother; a year ago, her mother died of cancer, and her father left. The girl stayed with her grandmother.
Since the beginning of the Donbas conflict, like many other citizens of the town, fled the Russian-backed militants’ bombardment, suffered from severe disasters of war. Only in January 2015 they moved to Dnipropetrovsk, where a local public organization provided them with a shelter in a sanatorium. It looked like their lives were going better; the girl finished 5th grade at school. One day she felt that something clicked in her leg and became difficult to walk or run. The doctors had sad news for the girl: osteosarcoma, or simply cancer.
In total, the child needs to take 6 courses of chemotherapy. Now the girl is after her third chemo session. Fortunatelly, the volunteers from “Vostok SOS” and “Dopomoha Dnipra” IDPs centers helped to find the funds for the girl’s treatment. They supply Olenka and her grandma with all the needed things.
She feels happy with her hobby – quilling.
Dnipropetrovsk is one of the top cities, where IPDs from Donbas. Nearly 85 thousand IDPs from Donbas who fled the military offensive, were forced them to leave their homes and came to Dnipropetrovsk.