One of these days there was a special day in “Republic Pilgrim” – the official ceremony to the commission to be students. The heroes of the day were not only first graders but the new comers – new citizens of the state of former street kids who started studying for the 1st time in their entire life.
In the Day of City – a cake from the mayor
The birthday of the city of Mariupol is a especial holiday for the Republic Pilgrim. The former street kids love their city and they celebrate this day always in a special way. This time they had a special surprise.
School season for pilgrims
After the extreme summer with trips and journeys the pilgrims started to study again. The first day of study is always special for the pilgrims. The staff and the kids get prepared for this day in advance: they get the school uniform ready, organize a special concert – the children learn poems by heart. And everybody – kids and teachers look forward to this day.
To get out of crisis to the new life
Almost a year ago at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” was open and successfully functions a rehab project in the village Polevoe named Crisis – center. This is a place where homeless people can sleep as well as those who are drunkards, addicts and many others. Here they can come to, they will be rendered help, tidied, and then offered to change their life, to have a rehab course and to start to live as normal people.
Guests from the prison at Sunday Worship
10 prisoners from the colony of settlement get temporal freedom to attend Sunday Worship in the Church of Good Changes . Many of them have never been to the service in modern church that is why being so impressed they make a decision to stay and serve to God in Mariupol when their term is over.
The fight at Kulikovo is actively held
The first and basic dream that people in the rehab center in Kulikovo pray for is to develop youth ministry that would attract young people of this village and the nearest ones.
The graduate of “Pilgrim” has passed the casting to All – Ukrainian contest “Everybody dances”
Sergey Cherepanov, nickname Pushkin, used to compose poems. But presently he found himself in other direction. The former street kid has become a professional dancer.
Will the pillgrims wake the Volcano Reiner up?
Having quite a big experience in rehabilitation of teens addicted of drugs and alcohol the workers of the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” decided to help the teenagers in the US.
Mission can be accomplished: the Czechs and the pilgrims
In early august the long awaited guests from Czech Republic and Poland came to the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic “Pilgrim”.
14-year-old alcoholic dreams to become a builder
Sergey tried alcohol when he was 5. His first alcohol beverage was handmade vodka that was made by his neighbors. His Mom didn ’ t mind him “to try” .
New kids in the project “Young mother”
In the freezing January evening at the threshold of the building where the project “Young mother” is located a girl of 18 showed up with her 4-month-old daughter Vika. The child was in a very bad condition, so cold and dirty. She was directed to the fund “Pilgrim” by the local authorities – regional service of youth and family, they were asking the fund workers to render the help to the mother with the baby since their lives had been exposed to risk.
The Pilgrims are for “Africa without orphans”
On February 4 th the international team of missionaries from Ukraine, Russia and the US initiated by Gennadiy Mokhnenko has started to Equatorial Africa for the 5 th time, they went to Kenya to work in local orphanages, to render help to black street kids and orphans. This time there are 43 people in the team, they all were doing fundraising, raised food, medications, clothes, toys etc. to support and to improve living conditions of the poorest layers of population of the Earth.
The pilgrims’ mission. Visiting juvenile jail at St. Nickolay’s Day.
In the 18th of December the senior students from “Republic Pilgrim” visited local Juvenile jail No7 of Mariupol .
The former street kid from Mariupol has found his sister in Italy
18-year old Sergey and 16-year –old marina had no idea about what happened to each other for 10 years.
For the first time the world known documentary makers had got to know about the social work that has been carried out in Mariupol by pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko and his team in the charity fund “Pilgrim” in 2012. Purposeful work with street kids, drug addiction and injustice in the lives of many people made a great impression on them. According to the director Steve Hoover his team and himself realized that it is necessary for the whole world to get to know about this work.
Adoption is not something to be scared of – proved by the partakers of the worldwide bike action
The bike trip “Russia without orphans” whose purpose is to propagate the family forms of upbringing children is being passing through the territory of Krasnoyarsk area being supported by the regional department of the party “United Russia”.