My name is Cristina. I am 13 years old and I live in Moldova. I am in 6th grade. I am a responsible and honest person. When I think about my family, I just remember pain. My mother struggled with alcoholism and was unemployed. My brother, Darius, and I often went to bed hungry. My mother has two other children from her first marriage: my sister Ema (25) and Dragos (27), who now live with their father. I never felt love or care from my mother. She was always concerned with other things and didn’t know how to take care of me. As a child, I did what my brother Darius told me to do. I went with him to the street, where we asked for food, because we had nothing to eat. I felt very desperate. The conditions in our house were disastrous. We felt homeless and helpless. At the age of seven, I was brought, with my brother, to a Children’s Shelter. Here we found a new family and new friends. I have a dream of becoming a photographer and I need your support to be able to realize my dream.