The partakers of the bike trip “Ukraine without orphans” is gradually approach its final destination – Kiev. They reached today the city of Pereyaslav – Khmelnitskiy. At the entrance to the city the pilgrims were met by people with Ukrainian tradition – Bread and salt.
On 11th of June unprecedented bike trip around Ukraine started in Mariupol, it will bring in each city the main call – “Ukraine must be without orphans”. Adopted kids and their adoptive parents started a trip of a few thousand miles to tell people: let us open our homes and hearts to orphans who need parents.
The action of public sponsorship “Crumbs” and Charity Fund “Pilgrim” initiated an action under such a title. 1st-2nd of June in the center of total sale “Metro” the youth team of the Church of Good Changes wearing T-shirts with logo of the republic Pilgrim invited the mariupolites to take part in the life of orphans and former homeless kids. This action was dedicated to the Day of Children’s defense.
The short movie”Makarenko from Mariupol”made by the accosiation “Emmanuel” has got the first prize at one of the most prestigious All Ukrainian contests of movie makers “Reveal Ukraine”. The main character of th emovie, pastor, president of the charity fund ” Pilgrim”, a founder of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim” Gennadiy Mokhnenko was given by the executive committee of the festival with the certificate of gratitude for the active life position.
When the coffin with his mother was being buried 13-year-old Kolya yelled – “Stop it, idiots! What are you doing?”
Kolya Rykov is one of the boys from “Pilgrim” whose rehabilitation doesn’t go that easy. Constant life stresses led him out of his house before and out of the orphanage afterwards. These days there was one more hit from life – he lost his mother.
The dance band from France has come to visit Republic Pilgrim recently. The youth from France has been doing fundraising concerts to be able to come to Ukraine and to see “Republic Pilgrim”.
The children of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim” take sports quite seriously, organize their own sports competitions and show much interest in world sports field, follow the news about preparation for the European Cup.
In memorial days in Postsoviet area there’s a tradition to come to the tombs of relates that is why I decided to describe in details my own funeral liturgy. In my message about death that lacks its power after the Resurrection of Christ I was speaking about overcoming by christians the fear of crossing the last line. As an illustration I asked my stuff to do all necessary preparations fro the funeral.
The Charity Fund “Pilgrim” summarized the funds raised with the help of the project of public sponsorship “Crumbs”. The President of the Charity Fund Gennadiy Mokhnenko thanked at the press conference all the Mariupolites who pay attention to the donation boxes in the shops and show interest in street kids in such a way.
In July 21st the team of the bike action solemnly entered the city of Khabarovsk. For our heroes it was already a symbol of the start of the finish line. The last 500 miles are perceived as a done deal. However it is still a huge athletic feat and there were 30 public events to do with the action in cities and towns of the Primorsky Krai, Ussuriisk and Vladivostok.
The former street kids from Mariupol are ready to conquer the next 3000 miles to convey their dream – “world without orphans”. This stage will be from the Baikal Lake up to the furthest point of Eurasian continent – in the city of Vladivostok.
All the villagers are in great need of water since there is no water supply there. Normally to solve the problem each separate owner of the house needs to dif their own well to be able to have drinking water. But to have one’s own well is too expensive this is why such a thing is considered a luxury here.
The children from Republic Pilgrim are finally having their own economy – wonderful project for work and leisure. It is based on the house for older pilgrims since there is not enough space for all of them in the basic building for children. The guys gained experience in how to deal with a village house like that – how to heat up the house with the help of the stove and how to cook on domestic stove, how to maintain the order in the house and sure enough how to work in the field. The settings of the government of the Republic took place there several times and also they just gather there for tea parties.
By the time the tear gas filled the van, I had already covered my face with my hoodie. I could feel tiny shards of glass in my mouth. The windows had been smashed. My friends were screaming. All I could think was, Am I going to die?
On Saturday afternoon, five American filmmakers, a German tourist, and three Ukrainian assistants were attacked in Mariupol while filming at a pro-Russian rally gathered at City Hall. They barely escaped with their lives. I am one of those extremely fortunate Americans