If he can do it... Disabled Russian farmer builds everything with his own hands
Thirty-year-old Vladimir Tonkonog contracted cerebral palsy as a child, but it hasn’t affected his mental abilities. He is married, with two daughters, and the family lives near the town of Pogranichniy in the Primorskiy Krai region of Russia’s Far East.
However, life hasn’t been easy for them: forced to sell the flat they owned, the Tonkonogs moved to a house, and were deeply in debt after a few businesses Vladimir started failed.
“I’m a disabled man, but I’m not desperate, and still believe that I can do it. I have strength and the desire to work, and I understand that my family depends on me,” he told RT back in April.
His call for help on Facebook caused a storm of online support, and the family was able to buy the greenhouse they had not been able to afford.
“I didn’t expect that anyone would respond, but thank you all so much for your help,” the happy Vladimir said in an interview to RT.
Recently, Vladimir’s farm has become cozier thanks to his golden hands: he has built a bench, a garden-bed, and a water-pump.
“Please rate my first wood-work! Didn’t expect myself that it would be okay! By the way, working with wood has always been my dream; I wish I could sell works like this!” Vladimir posted on his Facebook page.
Vladimir is a real fighter when it comes to physical exercise: he has posted several videos of his workouts, which he does not only to stay fit, but also to prevent the palsy from getting worse.
The Tonkonogs are shy about asking for much-needed help.
“I don’t want people just to give me money – give it to me as a loan – not for a month, but for a year or two. When I can get myself back on my feet, I will pay everyone back,” Vladimir said.
However, the family is always hopeful, “Believe in us just a little bit, and we will be forever grateful and pray for you!”
Vladimir is still in need of funds to expand his farm and to support his wife and kids. If anyone wants to help the 30-year-old family man, donations are welcome.
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