Serving Children in Ukraine

AT A GLANCE:

Despite its diversified economy and nearly 30 years of independence from the Soviet Union, millions of people in Ukraine live in poverty. An estimated 250 children enter the orphanage system daily, with many more children living on the streets.


Population: 43,802, 909

Capital: Kiev

Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish

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

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

Ukraine

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's how we have worked with you since 2001 to reach orphans in Ukraine.

We offer year-round camps for orphaned and vulnerable kids to learn about God through fun and age-appropriate activities, like equine-assisted therapy and all kinds of sports. All camp counselors are Lifesong staff and Christian volunteers. Ultimately, our hope is to foster future connections and offer Gospel-centered support as these kids transition into adulthood.

Through our “Constant Christian Presence” program (CCP), our team goes into orphanages and offers after-school classes for the kids’ social, emotional, and spiritual upbringing. We offer one-on-one and group discipleship while teaching crafts, music, Bible lessons, sports, English lessons, cooking classes, and job skill training.

 Staff in Ukraine formed the “Lifesong National Adoption Club” to offer sustained support for families considering adoption. Over 250 children have been placed into loving, Christian homes through their ministry assistance. Learn more.

Young adults often age out of the orphanage with little to no idea what they’ll do next. Our transition homes are a safe place for these graduates to grow in their independence and, more importantly, their faith. The family setting is filled with group and personal discipleship so they can build firm relationships with God and other believers.

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.

 Statistics show a large number of crisis families in Ukraine. We use this opportunity to provide legal advice, financial assistance, and Christan mentorship, paving the way for long-term solutions. 

Stories and Updates

March 23

How to Pray for Ukraine

Thank you for continuing to pray for orphaned and vulnerable kids around the world who are experiencing this time of global uncertainty. Thankfully, brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe remain committed to reaching them (in creative ways) and …Read More

January 27

Something New in Ukraine!

Thank you for giving and praying for orphaned and vulnerable kids. Here’s a recent update from our team in Ukraine–. . Recently, we introduced our kids to something new and unusual: chess! Though the game of chess isn’t actually new …Read More

January 15

The Impact of Sports in Orphan Care

In Ukraine, an estimated 250 children enter the orphanage system every day. In the United States, the average public school has 520 students. Which means, every 2.5 days, the equivalent of an entire U.S. public school goes to live in …Read More

December 23

A Christmas Greeting from the Kids

We have much to be thankful for! Today, because of people like you, 11,522 orphans and vulnerable children around the world are loved as sons and daughters. And over 8,000 families are celebrating Christmas as a family, many for the …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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