Needs & Ministry Scope

Needs

Statistics of Ukrainian Orphans

  • There are over 150,000 orphan children in Ukraine.
  • Of the orphans who leave the orphanage each year, 10% will commit suicide within one year.
  • Following their years in the orphanage, 60% of the girls will end up involved in prostitution and 70% of the boys will enter a life of crime.
  • “IF” they are fortunate enough to attend trade school, only 27% of them will find work following their graduation from trade or technical school.
  • Only 10% of orphans are due to the death of their parents.
  • The remaining 90% are social orphans – due to alcoholism, abandonment, financial incapability or imprisonment of their parents.

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Common Problems Facing Orphans and At-Risk Youth in Ukraine

  • Lack of consistent, loving relationships (abandoned, neglected, abused)
  • Lack of access to spiritual teaching (no knowledge of Jesus, never heard a Bible story)
  • Lack of role models, family environment
  • Ill-equipped for the future – no life skills, poor social skills
  • Poorly educated
  • Poverty-stricken, undernourished, great material needs
  • No access to medical care
  • No budget to care for abandoned babies (no diapers, no formula, no designated care-givers)
  • Broken, alcoholic, abusive family backgrounds
  • Inaccurate or incomplete concept of Christianity
  • Often in need of temporary housing while social services determines where to place them
  • Despair and hopelessness

Ministry Scope

Our ministry takes shape through village outreach, orphanage outreach, camps, a Rescue Shelter and training conferences which all feed into our desire to lead orphans and at-risk youth into a relationship with Jesus Christ!