You may write a thousand touching words about someone who needs help. But what you need is to just look a child, desperately struggling for survival, in the eye. He wants to go to school, to ski, to play snowballs “hurling” them at the most beautiful girl in his class, to chat with friends, and dream about the future.
Looking at the Levyants you can tell that creative talent runs in the family.
Elizaveta Carp (b.1958) lives in Minsk. During the Second World War her parents were evacuated. Her grandfather died in the war while the other family members, like the overwhelming majority of Belarusian Jews, were tortured to death in the Minsk Ghetto.
Elizaveta finished secondary school and got a job as a factory worker. Now she is officially classed as disabled. She has had two strokes resulting in mobility loss and speech impairment. She also suffers from ischemia and diabetes which caused her leg amputation last year.
Elizaveta never got married and has no kids. Her sister Sofia is the only relative she can turn to for help and emotional support. Sofia never lets her sister down no matter how challenging the situation is. Right now she has arranged for Elizaveta to move in with her despite having declining health, poor living conditions and a physically challenged daughter to look after.