Olena is 21 years old and was born in Kiev, Ukraine five years after the Chernobyl disaster. She is one of five girls and has been an active member in her home church. Her mother raised her girls by selling things at the outdoor market. Her meager income combined with 14 years of sponsorship support allowed them to survive. They are a grateful family for all the Lord has done in their lives.
Olena graduated from the MP sponsorship program and is already a two-time gold medal champion speed skater in Ukraine. She hopes to compete at the Olympics one day. She got married last summer and has completed a 4 year degree in sports training and physiology. Olena shared:
“I’m very thankful to Mercy Projects sponsors for everything that I have in my life. Because of you, I wasn’t scared to dream, and I learned how to set and reach my goals”.