My name is Ilona and I am 15 years old. I live with my family in a village in Moldova. We don’t own a house, so for the last four years we have rented one. Our family’s income includes a government stipend for my youngest sister, Carolina. My mother takes care of the house and Carolina. Sometimes she works outside the home for some small earnings. My father works for a daily wage. He suffers from an alcohol addiction and is violent toward other members of our family. On many occasions, I see my parents fighting and I feel horrible. The relationships in my family are dominated by fear, not love. I am a middle school student and my favorite subject is physical education. After graduating, I want to go to a professional school and study culinary arts. I’d like to become a pastry chef. I am a responsible and sociable person. In my free time, I like reading and cooking. My greatest desire is to help my family and become independent. I need your help to make my dreams come true.