Meet the Semenov Family

For many in the former Soviet Union, where some of the poorest Jews in the world reside, The Associated’s support is literally the difference between life and death. 

Just a few years ago, the Bulekhfa-Semenov siblings were abandoned by their parents after the youngest was born. During this tragic time, Amir, 13, Nadezhda, 8 and Zhamila, 4 were welcomed by their 61-year-old grandmother, Galina, with open arms, but with no financial support. 

It was very important for Galina to provide her grandchildren with nutritious meals. “I was able to give them a home through my pension, but it just wasn’t enough for food,” Galina explains. 

That’s when Galina turned to The Associated and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) for help. Through Partnership for Children, which provides aid to 9,236 Jewish children and their families, Galina was able to put healthy food on the table, as well as provide proper medical care and warm clothing to her three grandchildren. “The Associated and JDC gave me an electronic food card to purchase nutritious food at our local grocery story.” Amir and Nadezhda also now eat hot lunches at the Children’s Day Center which is run by the local JDC. 

With the help of The Associated and the JDC, Galina and her grandchildren are enjoying healthy meals both at home and during school. “Because of the outpouring of support that the Baltimore Jewish community gives to The Associated, and The Associated then gives to people in need overseas, I am able to move forward and provide a healthy life for my grandchildren.”


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