June 14 the team of “A world without orphans” had reached Tula, the correspondent of “TBN “. One of the planned actions was to hold a press conference on issues adoption.
The second stage of bike tour around the world “A world without orphans” was launched June 5 directly from the main street of Ukraine – Kreschatik. In spite of the storm warning, heavy rain and thunderstorms, the participants went bike ride along the route, which ran through several regions of Ukraine (Kiev, Chernigov, Sumy) on their way to Russia. About 30 cyclists rode a total of more than two thousand miles in 25 days, passing major cities such as Kiev, Priluki, Romny, Kursk, Orel, Tula, Moscow, Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Arzamas, Saransk.
Recently, in Mariupol took place an annual competition “Start teenager 2012”, organized within the framework of the student charity project “With a warm heart.” This year’s theme of the contest was about space and the solar system. The main purpose of the event was to allow children of complex social categories – from boarding schools, orphanages, rehabilitation centers, to participate in high level competitions, to show their talents, get to know each other and communicate with the best students of the city of Mariupol.
Get the skills of sewing skills former street kids will be able because of help of those who care. These caring people gave to the “Pilgrim” several professional sewing machines. Because of that now children can learn to sew simple items for practical use in everyday life, and create a variety of decorations for the interior.
We all sometimes find ourselves in difficult situations – some more serious, others – less. Reasons to be among the “unlucky” many: financial crisis, illness of a close relative, influence of bad company as a teenager. Especially hard when children get in such hardships – they do not always have a strong shoulder of parents to lean on, a dear person who is willing to help by word and deed.
A few days ago in Kiev took place the official ceremony of awarding the winners of National Award “Pride of the country.” In two categories “Family History” and “People’s Hero” winners were announced, the family from Mariupol from Charity Fund “Pilgrim”, Eugene and Svetlana Isaev, who became first in the country to adopt HIV-positive children.
Edward Temniy , “When I was tortured in a jail cell, I saw a light path and Jesus that walked toward me.”
From the earliest years Edward Temniy lived in a constant search, because of what life was like a Hollywood action movie, he always did what he wanted, never worked, and lived off the perfect crime. All the while he was searching for some meaning or satisfaction, but found nothing, until he came to God …
President of the charity fund “Pilgrim” pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko received a diploma from International Human Rights Film Festival “STEPS” for social activism and fighting for the rights of children. His life position, work with a difficult category of children – with drug addicts, and homeless children – were featured in the films “Makarenko from Mariupol” and “The Gvardia” filmed by the Association “Emmanuel.”
In January 2012 took place, the third trip of the team of volunteers at the equator in Kenya. Thirteen people from Ukraine, Russia and the U.S.for10 days worked in the poorest areas of Kenya, helping children to survive in conditions of total poverty.
It was such a joy for everyone when the dream of Anton Kopytin came true! His life after he won the Ukrainian project started flowing as a turbulent river! We are asking Anton what is going on in his life right now.
Due to the war conflict going on in the east of Ukraine, many people lost their homes, lost their dear people and had to leave their places. Mariupol as a city by the frontline has received many displaced people. A lot of families with kids started to settle there from zero and it is an incredibly hard task. The center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim” has also got into gear with the displaced people.
After winter camp in Odessa the pilgrims made good friends there – the Prilutsky family from the Victory Church. And now they have helped to organize the summer recreation for the children of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim”. The kids could enjoy Odessa and the shore of the Black sea for 2 weeks. Beside the goal to temper and to improve health of the kids there was an important goal to obtain some tourist skills and to learn to survive in extreme conditions. Such rehab tourism is an important part of restoration of a person’s identity.
The Vasilenko family serves children with special needs. They have been living in their new house in The Pilgrim Village for the second summer now. Now they have the opportunity to be engaged in farming and to arrange well life and this is what greatly improved the psychological state of the children and in general impacted the lifestyle of the adoptive family.
2 years after the purchase of the house in “Pilgrim village” the adoptive family Kovalenko could finally move in. The family has 4 kids, 2 of them have finished 1 st grade in school this year. The youngest daughter is still in the nursery school. In their garden they have a special playground and even their own small house and a tiny vegetable garden.
Anton Kopytin, a famous classic singer in Mariupol and Donetsk, has become famous all around the country. The Ukrainians in their vote of the project “The Voice” gave their preference to Anton – a Christian with three kids.