Today in the “Pilgrim” filmmakers were filming a documentary. French director Frederic Kusso and screenwriter Blonde Yuk arrived in Mariupol to make a film about our city. They were interested in the work of children’s rehabilitation center “Republic Pilgrim”. With a great interest they communicated with children, and also recorded an interview with Pastor Gennadiy.
“When I saw the medics treated HIV-infected women in childbirth, has decided to adopt at least one baby with human immunodeficiency virus”
Svetlana and Eugene Isayev, who were the first in Ukraine adopted a child with an HIV-positive status, has now add to their family seven more kids with various illnesses.
Little Olga from birth, never seen in her life enough attention from her parents, or clean and nice environment. In the house where she lived with her mother and other relatives, was a complete lack of sanitation – dirt, rubbish, and empty bottles were not cleaned for years. Adult family members abused alcohol, but when the Child Protective Services specialists decided to remove Olga from home into custody, a young mother fled with a baby.
In late September, in Mariupol took place IV Regional Book Festival “The Book and press, Mariupol ‘, which was attended by various book publishers and authors – writers, poets, journalists, and nominees, which books where released last year. In the category “Fiction Prose “took first place book of Gennadiy Mokhnenko” Non pedagogical poem “.
Sasha came to “Pilgrim Republic” a few years ago. He and his three sisters grew up in a dysfunctional family: his father did some robbery, and end up in prison, and his mother was drunk all the time, and never took care of the children. She made them go the streets to collect cigarette butts, buy alcohol. Often, when parents got drunk, they would beat Sasha. Their apartment was a common party place, where neighboring alcoholics came to drink. Sasha started to run away from home. He first appeared on the street when he was 7 years old. He lived in basements, and sewer manholes where started to smoke, drink, and sniff glue.
July 15 of this year “Azov Worker” published an article about known in the Mariupol drug dealer selling drugs, even when she is under investigation.
On the 20th Day of Ukraine Independence staff of the Charity Fund “Pilgrim”, a children’s rehabilitation center “Republic” Pilgrim “, current and former rehabilitants, and former adult addicts, people of the Church of Good Changes, just Mariupol citizens who are willing to confront lawlessness in Ukraine, protested under the windows of famous drug dealer.
Your Honor … My name is Arthur, I am 14 years old … I am dead.
A few days ago from Court of Appeal of Donetsk region has been released known in Mariupol drug dealer- Irina Kravchenko (nicknamed “Abramiha”). In closing remarks, the judge announced that the case sent back for revision. Employees of Charity Fund “Pilgrim” did not agree with the court order and are ready to express their protest in a public protest action.
This summer in the “Republic Pilgrim “, as always, was full of adventures, interesting developments and many guests . Pilgrims had an honor to host friends from different corners of the world: the United States, Germany, and Czech Republic. Many young people came and devoted their time and finances to minister to orphans and children of the most complex social category in Ukraine. All guests of course, became honor citizens of the “Republic Pilgrim” and took an active part in kids’ lives.
The citizens of Republic Pilgrim were warmly greeted and hospitably received in the Western Ukraine. They could stay in a comfortable place and were temporarily enrolled in the local public school. But it is known that nothing is as sweet as home, surely they missed Pilgrim and Mariupol. Besides during the evacuation it was hard for the workers of Pilgrim to help those who needed help in Mariupol while all the kids were so far away. The calls with the requests to help were rather frequent.
The concentration of the military equipment around Mariupol and the firing in the eastern part of the city made the pilgrims urgently to leave the walls of the center “Republic Pilgrim”. In the last day of the summer right in the middle of the night under emergency the evacuation was organized once again. All the Pilgrims kids alongside with the kids fostered by the families from the fund “Pilgrim” left the city.
The last, 4th stage of the worldwide bike action “World without orphans” that was going through the whole Russia has been completed. Starting with the year 2011 the partakers of the action have overcome the distance of 9320 miles. In July 30th the bikers arrived in the furthest point of Eurasian continent – the city of Vladivostok. These days the last participants of the action have come back to Ukraine to start getting ready for the next stage of the worldwide trip.
The former street kids have competed this year’s stage of the bike action “Russia and the world without orphans” in Vladivostok.
Vladivostok has become the final destination point of all- Russian bike trip “Russia without orphans”. On Wednesday, July 30th the third stage has been completed – with the marathon along the street of the corner capital.
Today in the adaptation center at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” over 50 migrants from hotspots of the East of Ukraine. The fund actively takes part in the help to the refugees since hundreds of people come to Mariupol from Lugansk and Donetsk area. Because of the war actions in the east of Ukraine many people get killed from bombing and shootings of living quarters, many of them lose their relatives, children become orphans, more and more people are left without roof under their head, they have no possibility to provide their needs and even simply to defend themselves. Those who managed to leave their place where there is the war zone now have almost nothing along.
“Russia without orphans” is a bike project of a great scale and it has occupied practically the whole country. The former street kids alongside with their new parents ride bikes along the route throughout the world. And the day before in July 28th the participants of the action paid a visit to Ussuriisk