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Pilgrims traveled through Russia for the “World without orphans”

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.

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Space Adventure in the Pilgrims

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.

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Mariupol orphan Sergei Kramarenko: from a dysfunctional family to a prosperous future

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.

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Family from Charity Fund “Pilgrim” became “Pride of the country”.

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.

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Human Rights Film Festival recognized the work of Gennadiy Mokhnenko with difficult teenagers

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.”

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Mariupol good changes on the Equator

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.

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The refugee kids in “Pilgrim”

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.

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The state of former street kids is in Odessa

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.

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Pet therapy for the kids with special needs

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.

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The adoptive family Kovalenko is renovating their house.

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.

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