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Pastor Gennadiy repent before the Czechs

Pastor Gennadiy, together with a team of ministers, from Fund “Pilgrim” went in the middle of October on a missionary trip to Western Europe. The first stop was in the Czech Republic, city Gavizhov, where at the Apostolic Church working partner- mission “Nehemiah”. Every summer the team of young people from this ministry coming to “Pilgrim” to serve to the former homeless children in Mariupol.

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French filmmakers in the “Pilgrim”

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. 


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The destiny, from the cemetery – to “Pilgrim”


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.

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Best Book of the Year – ” Non pedagogical poem “

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 “.

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Sasha Zenich is a former street kid and future artist and photographer!

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.

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Pilgrims’ again, “Sick of it “

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.

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Clean up Mariupol from drugs!

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.

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The world premiere of the film about pastor “Crocodile Gennadiy”

On April 16th in New York, the US at one of the largest documentary festivals Tribeca Film Festival the long -awaited premiere of the documentary movie «Crocodile Gennadiy» will take place. This film will show the whole world society about social work of Mariupol Charity Fund “Pilgrim” and ist leader, pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko, adoptive father of over 30 kids.

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“Pilgrim” takes refugee- children.

There are new kids in Republic Pilgrim they come regularly and each of them have their tough life stories. Many of them have seen in their lives what very few grown ups saw. However, lately not only difficult teenagers have been coming to Pilgrim but also the children of the refugees. The name of one of them is Christina.

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ADVENTURES OF “THE ITALIAN GUY” IN THE US

He had conquered one of the highest mountains in the world – Kilimanjaro, rode 9300 miles on his bike having started his way in Mariupol and having finished it in Vladivostok. He didn’t give up when all the life circumstances were against him. Who is this strong- willed and outstanding young man. His name is Sergey Kucheruk, he is an adopted son of the Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko. The story of his tough life moved me up to tears.

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«Saying good bye to the autumn»

Despite of the tension of the last few months and heard shootings, the life in Republic Pilgrim is going on. To prove to it the special holiday took place dedicated to the farewell with the autumn. The children of Pilgrim took a very active part in the process of preparation for the event, starting with setting of the hall and preparing quite serous pieces of drama that have become a visit card of the children’s republic. Each of the kids with their performances wanted to bring joy and to cheer up the guests and there were quite a few of them.

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Coming back to life

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.

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