He was abandoned by his parents at a very young age and given over to his aunt. From the age of 15 to 35, because of his circumstances, he began to sell himself on the streets as a female since it made more money. Once his aunt passed away, he made the decision to escape, and also return to living his life as a male. He was so determined to make it on his own that he lived daily on the brink of homelessness and at times shared dog food with his dog. An organization, Turning Tables, took him in and taught him how to sew. They contacted us saying that he had no family, was on his own, and would greatly benefit from working and learning with us here at kitepride. He has been such an asset to our workplace where he can be heard singing and his smile and persevering spirit is so contagious. There was a time when he had no song to sing and lived in fear and hopelessness, so how incredibly wonderful to hear him joyful and feeling safe. He is no longer alone because we are his family. It is those like Joseph that make what we do so worth it. Without your support, none of this would be possible.
She was human trafficked from her home in Lvov by the Ukranian mafia, transported to Israel, and forced to beg by standing on the streets while holding a sign saying "I am deaf. Please, help me" for little to no money for herself. Iliana is a beautiful mother of two daughters who she dearly loves. For now they reside with her aunt in the Ukraine. She came to work at kitepride through a rescue organization who contacted us saying that she would be a great fit with us for her transitioning from being a slave and into the work force. Imagine being alone, afraid, deaf, and only speaking and understanding Russian in an unfamiliar land. What a brave and strong woman to be overcoming such great obstacles with such determination. She has such a soft and gentle nature but her spirit is much more fierce. She is very much the reason why we do what we do. For their restoration and their complete independence and freedom. She now has a new outlook on life and your support helps to make this happen for her and so many like her.