Ukraine without Orphans
Ukraine is a large East-European country with a difficult history and long tradition of Christianity. After seventy years of Soviet captivity, Ukraine finally became independent in 1991. With breakdown of Soviet Union, new economic and political struggles have begun and continue even today. This turmoil has gravely hurt the least protected in our society – orphaned children left without family support.
Today Ukraine has over 100,000 orphans. 30,000 of them live in state orphanages, majority are teenagers with special needs. It is estimated that another 250,000 children are abused and exploited; they can end up on the street or in a state orphanage.
Every child is precious in God’s eyes and has right to be protected, to develop and mature in a loving family. Ukraine has over 30,000 Christian churches and also several hundred humanitarian organizations that exist to help children. The time has come for the Christian community to accept this responsibility and to join forces in helping every orphaned child. Ukraine has the potential to radically improve the lives of its orphans.