The former drug addict from Mariupol shares a story of how he was saved twice and saw different life
The issue of drug addiction hasn’t disappeared from the streets of Mariupol. Just like it was in 90-s the category of people who smoke different substances, use injective drugs or other substances provoking addiction is still present today. This dark side of life is known only to very narrow category of specialist such as doctors, policemen, pastors of churches and relatives of addicted people.
The second edition of the book about former street kids “Non pedagogical poem” has been issued in Ukraine
The book is written on the basis of real stories of lives of street kids. Its goal is to give the readers opportunity to rethink their attitude to little vagabonds and to encourage them to be direct partakers of good changes in their lives. Each chapter of “Non pedagogical poem” is accompanied with caricatures that illustrate a story happened to kids in “Republic Pilgrim”.
The Mariupol rehab center “Pilgrim” has become a real rescue place for a few generations of the orphans of the entire Ukraine. The kids and the teens who found themselves in a trouble found here their second home, got rid of bad habits, got basic social skills and the most important – they learn to dream.
The Pastor of the “Church of Good Changes” in Mariupol ( Donetsk region, Ukraine) and the founder of the largest children’s rehab center at the territory of the CIS “Republic Pilgrim” Gennadiy Mokhnenko has headed to the missionary trip to Kenya ( Africa).
10 – year-old Alexey (the name is changed) got to Pilgrim with severe educational neglect. He couldn’t focus, couldn’t express his thought, he could barely read and was hardly socially adapted. Within the two years in Pilgrim the boy has gained dreams, goals and desire to successfully accomplish them.
The Christmas and the New Year’s vacation starting with the St. Nikolai’s day is truly a magic time. But many kids from the Republic Pilgrim in their lives where their experienced much suffering had no idea what the celebration meant. This is why such holidays are so emphasized here.
“We have worked hard and have inspired to defend our country”. The pastor from Mariupol told how the former street kids strengthened the trenches.
Today the kids of the “Republic Pilgrim” ahead with Pastor Gennadiy headed to the defensive positions at the shore of the Azov Sea.
Before they were married, Igor and Lyudmila Grechanovs heard a lot from pastor Gennady Mokhnenko about adoption and foster families, and therefore after the marriage they already knew that they wanted to take adopted children to the family. In 2012, they began to collect documents, and soon the first adopted child appeared in the family.
Food kits for soldiers and a prayer for the enemies. Drive with chaplains to the frontline near Mariupol
Mariupol chaplains provided food kits to the frontline for Ukrainian soldiers.
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.