I want to introduce you to Yuriy.
Yurchik (as we lovingly nicknamed him) was born in Western Ukraine in 2009.
He has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy and mental retardation, vision problems, but this does not prevent him from being active and mobile. Yurchik loves meeting new people.
He easily first initiates a conversation.
Yurchyk loves to talk and ask, especially if you have something interesting in your hands, such as a camera. 😉 He always seizes a chance to get to know people and to talk and ask and, if he is politely refused, he will not be very disappointed, or offended.
Yurchyk knows how to talk with elder people in the orphanage and guests politely. It was when we worked in a dental project in Zaluchchay that we heard Yurchik say that the Lord would help us. This is a customary phrase in Western Ukraine.
And when he is alone with the children, then, like most children-he can loose his temper, and not behave.
Yurchyk has the character of a leader.
It is a pity that there is no person in the institution for him who would be for him a reliable friend, mentor, good example. Mostly women work there, and he needs a real father.
Yurchik needs to learn a lot, because he has good mental and physical abilities, but in those living conditions, he does not use them 100 percent and the institution cannot give an opportunity to develop, as a family can do.