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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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“New Beginning” for the German drug addicts

Employees Charity Fund “Pilgrim”, now the citizens of Germany, Alexander and Catherine Hesse now leading a rehabilitation service in the city Shyuttorf . They obtaned some experience of drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Mariupol, Alexander sure could use it in European terms.

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Pastor’s “Gvardia” expands

Adoptive father of 32 children, pastor -pilgrim Gennady Mokhnenko and his family live today in a fairly cramped conditions. The house they live in consists of two rooms for 13 people. Recently, the adoptive family, with a charitable donation, was able to purchase another small house. Both houses need a lot of repairs, however, both parents and children are happy – they are now having more space where they can live.

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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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