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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 hot summer of “ Republic Pilgrim “

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.

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Bread and salt for the pilgrims

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.

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Pilgrims started moving towards “Ukraine without orphans”!

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.

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“Make a party for orphans”

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.

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First prize for “Makarenko from Mariupol”

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.

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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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Pilgrims – refugees.

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.

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