Steve Hoover: “Almost Holy” is a film about the activist who does whatever is possible in the collapsed system
“Almost Holy” or “ Crocodile Gennadiy” is a film about the Mariupol priest Gennadiy Mokhnenko who saves homeless children giving them a place to stay and a chance to start their life afresh.
A good example of how a charismatic figure doesn’t automatically generate a deep or compelling documentary, “Almost Holy” follows the efforts of Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a pastor in Ukraine. He snatches homeless children off the streets — many are addicts — and takes them to Pilgrim Republic, the rehabilitation center he founded in the city of Mariupol.
Albert Khomyak used to be a manager of the rehab center for adults where he was helping drug addicts and alcoholics to solve issues to do with addictions and for them to start new life. After one of the services where he heard about the subject of adoption he came to the conclusion: it is better to take a child to your family and teach him before he gets into trouble and then one won’t need to correct him when he is grown up and in trouble”.
Former street kids from Ukraine serve street kids in Africa and the Ukrainians are in a Russian Obama hospital!
It’s the African journal of pastor – pilgrim.
Annual mission of the pastor – pilgrim Gennadiy Mokhnenko to the Equator could not leave the kids of “Republic Pilgrim” indifferent. The pilgrims have been supporting the orphanages in Africa “Oasis of hope” and “Gilgal” for a few years now, sending gifts to the children living at the other edge of the earth.
One of the basic tasks in upbringing of difficult adolescents – to teach them to notice and to remember not only their own difficulties and they have a lot of them behind their back but also to learn to respond to the need and pain of other people. It forms in them a sacrificial heart and a good character. Practice showed that it is not hard to implement these qualities to them since the pilgrims are very responsive. When they see that they are treated well they joyfully start helping others.
The building of the Republic Pilgrim was built 15 years ago and the capital renovation in it also took place 15 years ago. The management of the Charity Fund “Pilgrim” aspire to create most favorable conditions for the kids to live and study this is why the question of remodeling and maintenance of the premises are always on the agenda.
The New Year’s season the pilgrims celebrated in the orphanage “The Father’s House” in the outskirts of Kiev. The kids were received there with such warmth and joy that they didn’t want to leave the place afterwards. The very new Year’s Eve the children met at the main Christmas tree of Ukraine they got to see many historic places of Kiev, saw famous cultural monuments, used the Subway of the capital that was for many kids quite an impression since they were there for the 1st time.
The most bright, dreamy and loved holidays for children are definitely Christmas holidays! At this time you can feel this good festive mood, kids receive many presents, surprises and gather around the table to have a good meal and have lots of fun. All of these things build an atmosphere of a holiday, that is something new in lives for most of the citizens of the State of Former Homeless, and what they have never felt before.
The pre-election debate and videos promoting those who ran for President predestined the turn of the presidential race in the “Republic Pilgrim”.
The main event of the year for the State of former street kids is the elections of government. It is always a frustrating moment since not everyone can nominate for the elections. There are a whole lot of demands to a candidate. Those who nominate are best of the best. This year there was an innovation that let the elections be even more exciting.
The final part of the fall this year was marked by a special event in the “Republic Pilgrim” – by the Autumn Ball. Each citizen of the Republic took part in it and showed his or her multiple talents.
On July 16 th the group of the former street kids and of their adoptive parents from Ukraine continued their worldwide bike tour “The World without orphans” with the vision about the world where there are no lonely children. Having ridden within the last 5 stages across the entire Ukraine, Russia and a part of Europe, the former street kids show by their own example how a life of an abandoned kid may change when he or she is taken to a loving family and they plead on behalf of other kids who need caring parents. This year the team will complete the fifth stage of the worldwide bike action across the Eurasian continent, on riding across Germany, Switzerland and France.