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Naerata Ometi MTÜ understands and shares the feelings experienced by a mother or father when they face the potential loss of their most precious possession – their child. These moments are filled with pain, confusion, and often helplessness, especially when there’s a looming possibility that children, who hold the most central place in our hearts and homes, might be taken away from us. In such situations, every minute, every decision, and every moment becomes extremely significant, as they can affect the entire future of the family.
Currently, we are involved in a particularly sensitive dispute, the details of which we cannot disclose until it is resolved. In light of this sensitive issue, we have created a general project focused on providing legal support for these emotionally difficult disputes. Our goal is to provide families with the necessary resources to defend their rights and find solutions that best support the child’s interests.
We understand that child protection interventions are usually due to situations prevailing in families, keeping in mind the best interests of the child. However, we have also encountered cases where, in our opinion, actions have not been fair. Such situations require the intervention of a competent lawyer to navigate the complex legal labyrinth, which demands dedication, expertise, and resources.
Your donations are invaluable, helping us cover legal costs, offer professional counseling services, and support families in their most difficult moments. Every contribution, big or small, helps ensure that no family has to stand alone in defending their rights.
We invite everyone to support our mission to provide hope and light to families during their darkest times. Your support helps families stand up for their rights, protect their loved ones, and create a brighter future for all children who need it the most.
Dear friends, acquaintances, and those who are hearing about me for the first time!
I believe I am familiar to many of you (I was featured on the TV show “Inglite aeg” and have appeared in articles in Tartu Postimees and MK-Estonia). My name is Natalja Šebunova and I live in Tartu city. Since 2000, I have been suffering from a disease called pansclerotic morphea. For more than 15 years, I have had ulcers on my legs, now also in the thigh area and on my arms. There is always a great risk of infection (the infection persists in the ulcers). The strain of microbe that lives in the ulcers is very resistant and must not enter the bloodstream. In recent years, I have been using a wheelchair.
Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for morphea. So far, I have undergone treatments that are possible according to current medical knowledge and which can be called experimental, but unfortunately, they have not yielded sufficient results (I have been treated in Italy, consulted with several doctors in Germany, and received treatment recommendations, which have been applied in Estonia as far as possible).
At the end of February and the beginning of March, I was in Top Ichilov Hospital in Israel for two weeks for examinations and treatment. My trip there and the examinations were made possible thanks to the support of Sergei Astafjev! I will remember his great humanity and helpfulness for the rest of my life. He is a person with a very big and kind soul. I am also very grateful to the board of the NGO Naerata Ometi – Heiki and Kuno!
The hospital doctor’s recommendation was extracorporeal photopheresis, two procedures every month. I have only received those two procedures there, and that is all. Initially, the doctor advised doing the procedures for at least half a year to see their effects on me.
Unfortunately, the cost of two procedures is very expensive, about $11,000. There are also additional costs associated with traveling and accommodation in Israel.
Honestly, my life is just horrible. I am constantly changing my bandages, and have very strong pains. Since I move on my knees, ulcers have also formed there. I started taking antidepressants because I am very tired of panic attacks. Shaking in my hands, legs, the whole body. The worst thing is knowing that the treatment is available, but I don’t have access to it. Each bandaging is very difficult, and I am always sweating. I can’t sleep normally. I use sleeping pills and diazepam drops. Every night I wake up because something hurts somewhere. Compared to last autumn, I feel much worse now. In addition, my hemoglobin level constantly falls, and I receive blood transfusions.
In June, the NGO Naerata Ometi put my project up on their home page. We were very optimistic, and our goal was to raise money for bandaging supplies and to go for the procedure in Israel. We managed to raise money for buying bandaging supplies (my average pharmacy receipt is about 700 euros in one week; all bills have been transferred to the NGO). The necessary amount for going to Israel was missing. Donations were collected in June and July. Now I am in such a situation that I simply do not have the money to buy bandaging supplies. I am in a panic.
There is currently a difficult political situation in Israel, and physically going there is not possible. Fortunately, by next year, a photopheresis machine will arrive at the University of Tartu Clinic. It is not yet known when the photopheresis procedure will be available in Tartu.
In order to survive until then and not develop sepsis, I need financial support to buy bandaging materials. I am very ashamed to ask for help, but without your support, I cannot bind the wounds, and it will end very badly.
I am very grateful for every euro!!!! I wish you all strong health!
Here’s how you can help Natalja:
Last year, we started a renovation project for Triinu’s apartment in Lääne-Nigula. Triinu suffers from multiple sclerosis. We would like to thank Kristiina and Einar, who supported us financially, and all other donators who contributed financially and provided materials for the renovation. We have progressed with the work to the extent that we now need to install new electrical cables, sockets, switches, and circuit breakers. The current ones date back to the Soviet era and are completely worn out. They are dangerous and need immediate replacement. Triinu can’t even cook in the kitchen, let alone shower or carry out other essential tasks.
For this, we are announcing an additional project called “Electricity for Triinu’s Home”.
As a result of negotiations, we have found a seller and contractor at a good price. The required supplies are:
- Sockets – 15 pcs
- Switches – 5 pcs
- Euro backboxes (plastic round electrical boxes) – 5 pcs
- Plastic cable covers 40 x 60 (2 m) 21 pcs and 15 x 30 (2 m) 22 pcs.
- Cable 3G 2.5-100 m; 3G 1.5-100 m; 3G 6-5 m.
- Electrical panel with 18 modules – 1 pc
- Residual-current devices C10A – 1 pc; C13A – 4 pcs; C16A – 2 pcs.
- Installation accessories related to these works.
Additionally, the wages for the installation workers and transportation.
The total cost of the project is 3,477.85 euros. Thank you in advance to all the helpers and donators.
Together, let’s make Triinu’s apartment livable!
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Hello, dear friends and supporters!
Our NGO has received a plea for help from the family of Eha farm in Aiamaa village, Nõo parish, where Roland and his grandparents live. Roland is a hard-working young man who has taken it upon himself to restore and modernize the old farm building, in order to continue the family traditions and keep his grandparents’ heritage alive.
Unfortunately, at the end of August, Roland’s family had a terrible accident – a fire that destroyed a large part of the farm buildings and possessions, including tools and building materials. As a result of the fire, there is now an urgent need to build a new sauna to ensure basic washing facilities for the family. Fortunately, Saunasellid OÜ has offered help with the sauna, agreeing to install a proper sauna at half the price and allowing for installment payments.
In addition to the sauna, it is also necessary to continue the construction of a workshop-garage so that Roland can continue his work and promote the farm life.
The situation of Roland and his grandparents is complicated, as the farm was not insured – the grandparents’ retirement payments and Roland’s income as a welder did not allow for that luxury. The community has already shown its great heart by helping the family both financially and practically, but they are still greatly in need.
Roland has told us: “I’ve learned an important life lesson the hard way. I was foolish for not insuring the farm. Now I’m wiser.” He is most concerned about his grandparents’ well-being and is looking for solutions to help the farm back on its feet. The first steps have already been taken, but there is still a lot of work ahead.
Roland needs materials and tools to build the sauna and to cover the workshop-garage with a wind barrier before winter comes. The list of necessary materials is long and includes wind barrier boards, lining boards, wooden construction boards and much more. It is also necessary to replace the tools that were destroyed in the fire, so that construction work can continue.
We call upon you to help Roland and his grandparents during this difficult time. If you feel that you would like to support their reconstruction efforts, we welcome your help in the form of financial donations and practical contributions. Every small act of kindness helps Roland step by step to restore the farm and provide a safe and comfortable home for his grandparents.
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed and to those who plan to do so. Your readiness to help and support is of invaluable worth, and you are helping to keep alive the cultural heritage of Estonian rural areas.
Our sincere thanks to Saunasell OÜ for coming to the family’s aid! They agreed to sell and install a proper sauna at half the price and on a payment plan with installments! 🙂
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Maarja, a young woman battling cystic fibrosis (read more about Maarja’s story HERE), has been denied funding by the Estonian Health Insurance Fund for her life-saving medications. In collaboration with our organization and attorney-at-law Jaanika Reilik-Bakhoff, Maarja has taken legal action against this decision. We have obtained temporary (interim) legal protection from the Circuit Court, meaning that the Health Insurance Fund currently covers Maarja’s treatment costs. However, a lengthy court battle lies ahead.
Why is this important?
We believe that the Health Insurance Fund’s refusal to fund Maarja’s medication may be unconstitutional. This case doesn’t just concern Maarja; it’s linked to standing up for health equality and the accessibility of crucial medicine for everyone. The court’s decision could bring much-needed clarity for similar future cases.
How can you help?
We need your support, primarily financial, to cover the legal expenses associated with this case. Your contribution will not only assist Maarja in her fight for her right to life-saving medications but will also contribute to a broader battle for health equality.
How to support?
- Donate: Your financial support will go directly towards legal fees and other related expenses.
- Share: Help us spread the message by sharing this campaign on social media using the hashtag #ToetaMaarjat.
Your support will not only change Maarja’s life but could also set a legal precedent that has the power to help countless others facing similar challenges. Together, we can make society more just! On 19.09.2023, an article was published in Postimees stating that, according to genetics professor Katrin Õunap, people should not be confused by the word “rare,” as there are quite a lot of different rare diseases. Neglecting their treatment results in a large number of disabled children. “Over 7,000 rare diseases are known worldwide. Therefore, we can say that in Estonia, every fifth person might encounter a rare disease either personally or through family members.” This demonstrates how vital this issue is! Every contribution, no matter how small, brings us one step closer to justice for Maarja and many others. Together we can achieve more! Thank you for standing with us in this critical fight for health equality.
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Naerata Ometi was approached by one of our supporters from Pärnumaa parish, who is very worried about a friend, a single mother named Jane (the name has been changed) who is raising three children alone. We contacted Jane to find out the seriousness of the problem and see how we could be of assistance to her.
Jane has three small children (aged 5, 7 and 8 years) and there is also a small dog in the family. Three years ago, the father left them and moved elsewhere. Since that time, Jane has been raising the children alone and trying to get by, as best as she can. She has been granted payments by the court, but her ex-husband has not been paying these on schedule.
One of her three children has ADHD and mood disorders. Jane has to go with him into therapy several times a week. This is why Jane cannot work five days a week. The young woman has been searching for different solutions that would allow her to set her own schedule and work non-contractually. She has done work as a cleaning lady and all kinds of menial labour, so that she could pay for her children’s schooling, kindergarten, hobbies and therapies.
Up until this year, she managed to get by and deal with everything independently. Suddenly, tragic events started to happen in the family (her sister lost a child and the two lost their father). These setbacks were so distressing to her that she was no longer able to work. She found herself in a hopeless state of mind and did not want to deal with the outside world anymore. Because she is not officially employed anywhere, she received no sick leave compensation.
From that point onward, her financial troubles started piling up. She took out a loan to cover for her payments, thinking that she would be able to get back up on her feet in a few months’ time: start working again and pay everything back as necessary. In August, however, she received a notice that her family must move out of their two-room rent apartment in September. The rent there was 300€ + 150€ for the utility bill.
Jane started looking for a new apartment to rent. The housing prices in Pärnu had become drastically high. The average apartment was 700€ rent + utilities. Another problem was that most landlords do not want to rent out apartments to families with small children and pets. “That was a really depressing time,” says Jane.
In the end, she managed to find an apartment that suited her family: 500€ rent + utilities. She had to give 1000€ as a deposit, of which she paid 500€ immediately and still has to pay 100€ monthly for five months. “This apartment is temporary for us, but it allows me to catch my breath at least, so we do not end up on the street,” says Jane. However, the bills have doubled in size, and the young woman finds herself in a bad situation where problems escalate.
She paid back her loan and asked for a new one immediately to cover for other payments. Despite all that had happened, she felt as if she could handle the situation – not allow herself to get demotivated and sink into depression, where she had been for years, but march on and try to get things in order.
Jane has not been able to buy anything for herself for three years now. But she does not complain, because her three lovely children are her top priority.
At the end of August, she became ill: throat pain, ear pain, cough, inflammation, weakness etc. For two weeks, she was in a really bad shape. She could not work and her financial problems kept adding up. Finally, she pushed herself to work while sick, so that she would at least have some money to buy food for her children. Eventually, she had to call an ambulance and she went to the emergency department, where they were initially unable to determine the cause of her illness.
She had throat and ear pain until the 24th of October, which meant that Jane was sick for 54 days. Her friend who had approached us thought that Jane was sick simply because of stress. Jane was examined by many doctors, but regrettably, everyone shrugged their hands. The coughing and pain did not subside. Finally, she had a camera check-up of her throat done at the ED and they were able to diagnose coronavirus. In addition to her, all her children had it too. Jane was forced to cancel all work and her wallet took yet another hit.
Her children need three times more food at home than during the days of kindergarten. As of today, Jane is over two thousand euros in debt. She receives her child benefit allowance on the 8th, in total 520€, but this is not enough to cover her 500€+100€+200€ apartment costs. The doctor said that they all have to stay at home for five days before they are allowed to resume their activities. They are all feeling very bad and weak. The kindergartner still has a strong cough. Jane works mostly in facilities with a lot of babies or disabled children. She also is still coughing really badly, and she has throat and lung pain. She has only two options: either go to work while sick and infect others in order to pay back 200€ of debt, or stay at home until she is cured and can continue working in full health.
The young woman has also contacted the local government. Because her salary is not under the subsistence level set by the government, they are unable to help. Jane says that Christmas presents have not even crossed her mind. She is struggling for food for her children.
We decided to turn to kind-hearted people for help and help the young mother and her three children.
Dear friends, we are asking you for the following:
- If anyone is able to rent out an affordably priced two-room apartment in Pärnu, Sindi or Paikuse that could house a mother, three children and a dog, please let us know.
- If anyone can donate preserves (food in jars), please let us know.
- If you can help financially, please do not hesitate to do so. At the moment, every euro is of great help.
We here at Naerata Ometi are searching for a debt counsellor for Jane, who could help her learn skills to minimize her dept situation and turn things around. We are also in contact with the food bank and trying to obtain food for the family. Additionally, we are working with other NGO-s to secure clothing.
Together we can achieve more.
How can you help financially?
9008810 – donate 10 euros
9008850 – donate 50 euros
Beneficiary: Naerata Ometi MTÜ
Information: Jane toetuseks
SMS to number 13013 write Naerata jane for donating 1,6 euros
SMS to number 13017 write Naerata jane for donating 3,2 euros
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Hello, dear friends!
We received a request for help from a 28-year-old woman. Here is her story:
”My situation is difficult. I have struggled with Type I Diabetes for 26 years. As of today, I am a diabetic with multiple complications (diabetic retinopathy – severe changes in the fundus, diabetic neuropathy – nerve damage, high cholesterol and high blood pressure). I have been issued with total incapacity of work and I should not be working at all – instead, I should be completely focused on my health and keeping my blood glucose levels stable. With such complications as I have, each case of higher blood glucose can end tragically (ex. stroke, heart attack, losing vision in my only seeing eye (it only has half its vision left anyway), kidney failure or having my legs amputated).
I am raising two sons alone. I need to pay the loans I took years ago to refurbish my home. My second child was born prematurely, and I took credit mostly for his benefit, so that I could fix the living spaces and get rid of mold.
My troubles began 5 years ago. My health was completely fine. I was living together with my husband and son in my own apartment and awaiting my second child. He was born 2,5 months too soon and during childbirth, there were changes in his brain caused by lack of oxygen. The doctors feared that he would not be able to walk. Fortunately he did, but he needs constant exercise to make his body stronger (he is very active, likes to run and play). We were in the hospital for several months. During this time, my older son was in the care of his grandmother.
When my new-born was a few months old, we were allowed out of the hospital, but since then, we have been visiting doctors very often. The child has also been suffering from various illnesses and he is always sick for a long time.
The father started to become more distant. Before my younger son was one year old, he decided to leave the family.
Parental benefits eventually ran out, but I was not able to place my 1,5-year-old prematurely born child, who was often sick and developmental delay, in kindergarten yet. This meant that I could not work. The father has sometimes helped with small amounts of money, mostly at the beginning, but has not helped much further. He finds time for his children once or twice per year. In recent years, he does not want to help us anymore.
We decided to sell our home and buy a cheaper living option, so that I would be able to earn extra money and live off of that for a while. Looking back at it, this was not a smart decision, but I did not see any other solution during that time. We got a new apartment in a nice village – the children love it. My older son started going to the local school and younger son in the local kindergarten. I was able to return to my previous job position in sales.
In time, our new apartment started to show its flaws: hidden mold and moisture. My younger son started constantly coughing, which has not completely stopped even by now. His lungs are weak anyway. I tried to repair my apartment myself, but it was too much for me. I contacted a home repair service company, who made a reasonable price offer, so I took out a loan to pay for the repairs. During this time, we lived temporarily at my mother’s place. During repairs, however, the costs suddenly multiplied.
Because the apartment was completely taken apart and I needed to return home (my mother lived elsewhere, away from my town), I took extra loans to finish off the repairs. Finally, the apartment was ready and we were able to return, but the monthly repayments had become too high for me. So that I would be able to pay for it all, I had to change jobs.
I started working at a gas station with 12 hour shifts, alternating day and night shifts. This meant that I needed to ask for my mother’s help with looking after my children once again, since I did not have a regular day job anymore. Working at the gas station, I was able to pay off my debt and utility bills, but nothing more was left. My health started to worsen because of constant pressure and a high workload. I was able to work there for one year, until a blood vessel burst under one of my retinas, so that my whole eye was filled with a bruise and I could not see through it. I had developed diabetic retinopathy, which quickly began to worsen. I took sick leave from work.
Since the spring of 2021, things have been moving very fast regarding my eyes. The first difficult operation for one eye was in June and for the other eye in August. There have since been 2 reoperations and there will be more.
Since then, I have been constantly struggling with my eyes, which takes up so much time: fundus lasers, intraocular injections, fundus operations (vitrectomy). There have been 4 operations in the past 9 months and they will continue. Any kind of physically straining activity is forbidden for me; I am not even allowed to bend over. It is of vital importance that I keep my blood glucose levels stable. This means that my daily schedule must be strictly uniform: I must walk and eat according to a rigid schedule every day. Thanks to this practice, my blood vessels remain strong, both in my eyes as well as the rest of my body and organs. This helps lower the risk of a stroke or heart attack.
In the spring of 2021, I applied in court for debt rescheduling, as to avoid payment difficulties. This was granted and instead of 1000 euros per month, I now have to repay only 381 euros per month to all banks in total.
I have not been able to work much anymore. During summer, I lost employment due to health reasons and I applied for unemployment benefits. In October, one month after another surgery, I found an interesting job at a shop. I liked it a lot, but my health condition was still unstable – this meant that I had to visit doctors in the capital city each week, and my sight has its ups and downs. One day, I may have small bubbles in front of my vision that inhibit me from reading; on another day, things may be fine. Because of this, I could not keep the job. Working long hours, my blood glucose levels were difficult to maintain at the optimal level anyway. In February, yet another job came to an end due to health reasons. This time, it was my employer who recommended focusing strictly on my health.
In March, I had another eye surgery. One of my eyes does not see sharply anymore, it just barely shows an image from the sides. My other eye allows me to write and read, but is no longer 100% sharp.
As of today, I am in the following situation: I am once again on unemployment benefits, but my work insurance is soon ending. Once this happens, I will be unable to pay off my debt, which is 381,01 euros per month for 4 years (remaining 18408,48 euros). My other bills (utility bill, television, phone service, children’s hobby activities, kindergarten, food etc.) I am able to pay from my other income sources (disability benefits, parental benefits, state-sponsored child support).
I feel that I have run out of options; this is why I decided to turn to you for help as a last resort. If I could lower my debt burden or get rid of loan obligations, I would be able to live peacefully with my children. I hope that my funduses stabilize enough that I do not have to visit doctors every week in the capital anymore, and also that I could find a new and suitable job, even if it is part-time.
Currently, I feel as if I am locked in a vicious cycle: constant worrying about my debt has a toll on my health and stops me from fully recovering and focusing on my health, and the other way around – because of ill health, I am not able to meet my debt payments nor work. I wish that my children have a mother that can be there for them for as long as possible.
If anyone is able to help us, I would be grateful from the bottom of my heart. I also hope that my story is something you can learn from.”
Dear friends! Let us help this family out of their difficult situation together. Every donation will help the young mother focus on getting her health back in order, so that she can work towards a fulfilling life for both her and her children.
How can you help financially?
Beneficiary: Naerata Ometi MTÜ
Information: 28-aastase naise toetuseks
SMS to number 13013 write Naerata Naerata 28naine for donating 1,6 euros
SMS to number 13017 write Naerata Naerata 28naine for donating 3,2 euros
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