UkraineWhen the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Ukraine gained its independence from Russia. The orphanage system in Ukraine is similar to Russia where children who have been abandoned or taken from their homes in cases of neglect or abuse reside in orphanages. There are approximately 95,000 children in Ukrainian orphanages and these children must leave the orphanage by the time they are 16 or 17. The statistics for what happens to these young adults after graduating from the orphanage are heartbreaking. Many end up in prison or involved in drugs, prostitution, trafficking, or crime, with some resorting to suicide.Orphan Outreach worked with LifePoint Church to help develop a program for orphan graduates in Dnipro, Ukraine called Alpha Life. This ministry assists orphan graduates as they leave the orphanage system by providing spiritual, physical and emotional support. Orphan Outreach is partnering with Alpha Life ministry to help provide the safety net these graduates need as they transition to adulthood. The Alpha Life program provides weekly Bible studies, fellowship, holiday parties and more. Orphan Outreach is providing financial support, leadership and will bring short-term mission teams to Ukraine.
Outreach ProgramsThe Alpha Life staff members visit several orphanages in Dnipro with volunteers from the local church and Alpha & Omega ministry to offer hope and mentoring to the children. They support the orphanage staff by meeting their needs and celebrating special occasions. Our hope is to train and equip volunteers throughout Dnipro and the surrounding region to reach out to the children and develop meaningful and long-lasting relationships with them. Short-term mission teams will provide humanitarian aid and additional outreach to the children in these orphanages.
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