It is difficult to overestimate the influence of the “Republic Pilgrim” on lives of kids and adolescents who found themselves in difficult life circumstances, who lost their relatives or become addicted to alcohol or drugs. The story of eleven-year-old Daniel was no exception. A single mother found herself with two kids in a difficult situation: the house in which the family lived in the village of Granitnoye burned down, there was no permanent job, the mother tried to improve her life, but the kids at that time were left on the sidelines and were often left to themselves. That is why Daniel was forced to look for food for himself, did not attend school, with his fellow accomplices committed petty thefts, cut off available metal, penetrating into the territory of the metallurgical plant.
Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko has adopted 34th child: the boy has visited The Kreshatik in Kiev for the first time and is going to be on the boat trip in Svyatogorsk
In Mariupol the pastor and founder of the rehabilitation center “Republic Pilgrim” Gennady Mokhnenko has taken 34th child into his family. The newly adopted son’s name is Artur.
Due to the extended quarantine, the pilgrims’ summer vacation is significantly different from the usual program. The kids and adolescents were not able to travel this year, they couldn’t make tourist outings and conduct cultural tours. However, life in “Republic Pilgrim” is going on.
Policemen of Donetsk region have been taking care of the kids of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim” for a long time. Today, 35 children of different ages live in the institution. They all need special care and human understanding.
The second half of the school year in the Republic Pilgrim. The Center of Children’s Rehabilitation Republic Pilgrim was in the quarantine mode as all educational institutions. But in the face of uncertainty the ninth graders were still able to complete the next stage in their lives and had an unforgettable graduation party.
Spring at Pilgrim, like in the rest of the world, turned out to be difficult. The unstable economic situation in Ukraine has noticeably shaken due to the coronovirus pandemic. Food prices have been raised abruptly, many people have lost their jobs, and means of living have declined. The citizens of the state of former street kids also felt a serious crisis. The solution to the problem was the development of a small subsidiary farm in order to be able to provide the kids with food from their own land plots.
The holiday house for the former street kids. This project at the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” has long ceased to be the project for recreation and picnics. Today it is an integral part of the subsidiary farm in the village of “Pilgrim”, which can grow into a real farm that can significantly improve the nutrition of the children and wards in other projects of the fund.
The pilgrims made an incredible tour around the world. The citizens of the state of former street kids, the guests and a competent jury were able to immerse themselves in the multicultural atmosphere of the show that has recently been performed by the kids and teens in the center of children’s rehabilitation «Republic Pilgrim».
In the past year, the pilgrims brought a piece of miracle, showing the production about the Birth of the King in the “Republic Pilgrim” . They wanted everyone who came to the celebration to be able to plunge into the brightest and kindest story that ever happened in the world.
For the spring holiday on March 8, the traditional bright concert was held in the “Republic Pilgrim”, which was prepared by the pilgrim kids on their own.
Andrei (the name is changed) is now 12 years old. He got to “Pilgrim” in September 2019. His mother, who had drug and alcohol addiction, was under investigation and, hiding from justice, fled. So the child was left alone in a rented apartment.
The renovation of the building of the Crisis Center which is located in the village of Mangush, Volodarsky district, has been continuing at an accelerated pace. Construction takes place simultaneously inside and outside the facility.
For mothers with their kids who found themselves in difficult life circumstances, it is enough just to go to the cinema and a pizza place to enjoy themselves with their kids and escape from everyday problems. Many of the mothers grew up in unfavorable conditions; they never saw cafes, cinemas or other cultural events.
Quarantine does not interfere with the cultural program in the lives of former street kids. The “Boys vs Girls” contest was held the other day in the ” Republic Pilgrim “. Taking part in an unusual duel the girls answered questions about football, brands and the history of car production, and the boys talked about modern fashion brands, the intricacies of women’s makeup and hair styling.
The other day in the “Republic Pilgrim” the regular annual elections of the President and the new government of the State of the Former Street Kids took place. The quarantine measures did not prevent the residents of the Republic from making their conscious choice.