Serving Children in Ukraine

AT A GLANCE:

Despite its diversified economy and nearly-30-year independence from the Soviet Union, millions of people in Ukraine live in poverty, and an estimated 250 children enter the orphanage system daily. Many more children live on the streets.

Population: 44,068, 570

Capital: Kiev

Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholics, Protestants, and Jews

Language: Ukrainian (67.5%) and Russian (29.6%)

Within 2 years 80% of orphanage graduates are involved in drugs, crime, prostitution, in jail, or commit suicide.

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Ministry Overview

We work to break the orphan cycle through the love and truth of the Gospel.

Through several ministry outlets, we seek to reach children—not only while they are living in the orphanage—but also as they transition into adult life, since orphan graduates are some of the most vulnerable people in Ukraine.

  • 1,477CHILDREN SERVED
  • 403IN-COUNTRY STAFF
  • 20MINISTRY SITES

Areas of Focus

Here is how we have worked with you since 2001 to reach orphans in Ukraine.

We offer year-round camp programs for all of our students to learn about God through fun and age-appropriate activities, including equine-assisted therapy and all kinds of sports. All camp teachers are Lifesong staff as well as church member volunteers in order to foster future connection and transition into adulthood with Christian friends.

Through something called “Constant Christian Presence” (CCP), we offer after-school classes for social, emotional, and spiritual upbringing of the children in a relaxed Christian setting. We offer one-on-one and group mentorship and discipleship while teaching crafts, music, Bible lessons, sports, English lessons, cooking classes, and job skill training.

Through sustained support, training, and counsel, we seek to provide motivation for Christian families to help abused, neglected, or abandoned children via foster care or adoption to break the orphan cycle.

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We work to assist graduates and young adults in their transition into independent life in the community once they age out of the orphanage by offering group and personal discipleship in a family setting where they can build firm relationships with God and the Church.

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We strive to create life skills and meaningful jobs for our orphan grads as well as cover the costs of our ministry work in Ukraine through Lifesong Farms. As a profitable business, we can employ graduates, provide mentorship, and promote life skills that will carry them into a brighter future.

We seek to meet the needs of individuals and families who find themselves in immediate crisis, providing long-term solutions through continued support, legal advice, financial assistance, and introduction to the Church.

Stories and Updates

September 17

Hear from Sponsored Children in Ukraine

Ever wonder if sponsorship really makes a difference in the life of a child? . Orphaned children in Ukraine are given the opportunity to write letters back and forth with their sponsor, and here’s what they have to say about …Read More

July 16

Camps, New Life, and an Unexpected Blessing | Ukraine Update

This summer our Ukraine ministry team and volunteers are busy with summer camps, VBS and job skills programs.   Each week our Ukraine team hosts over 100 kids from orphanages they volunteer in throughout the year. These camps are a …Read More

May 14

Shauna’s House Now OPEN!

Shauna’s House is now open to orphan graduates! Shauna Yelton saw the devastation first-hand. When a Ukrainian orphan ages out of an orphanage at age 18, there is a 70% to 80% chance that he or she will experience crime, prostitution, …Read More

April 11

An Adoption Story from Ukraine | Mission Moment

Your support helps change the lives of orphans around the world. Whether through adoption funding or orphan care, lives–like Yarik’s–are being transformed by the Gospel. Here is his story. MEET YARIK 9-year-old Yarik is one of 18 siblings in the Vyshnykov family …Read More

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“It is all worth it–every day and every challenge is well worth it! Praise the Lord for allowing us to see the ripple effect and the fruit here in Ukraine. Thank you for being involved in the work that changes lives.”

Denis PoshelokDirector
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