After his parents’ divorce, four year old Daniel together with his young mother and two older brothers aged five and six, found themselves in a desperate financial situation and struggling to cope. Daniel simply could not smile.
Daniel was born with a rare genetic disorder that stopped him from growing teeth. The condition made it difficult for him to eat, resulting in a severe nutritional deficiency, and others could not understand him when he spoke, making basic communication challenging and socialising with other children his age virtually impossible. Obviously, smiling was out of the question.
When the government cut the family’s funding entirely, Daniel’s mother approached the Jewish community in Kherson, Ukraine for help. The community welcomed them and connected the family with a local programme supported by Jewish Child’s Day.
Taking a holistic approach, the local project coordinator arranged psychological and emotional treatment for all family members, while simultaneously raising money for an appropriately-sized set of dentures for Daniel.
Jewish Child’s Day ensured the funds needed were secured in record time. With his right new smile, Daniel’s self-confidence soared, and he began seeking out friends his own age. His new teeth also allowed him to eat without pain or embarrassment, and he began gaining weight immediately. It wasn’t long before Daniel was given a clean bill of health.
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