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.
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
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!