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.

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

August 5

Take a Trip to Camp in 10 Pictures!

Attending a Christian camp can be a wonderful, life-changing experience. Each summer—with the prayer and support of people like you—our team in Ukraine hosts multiple camp programs for our students to learn about God and grow in their walk with …Read More

July 8

See What God Is Doing in Ukraine

Thank you for giving and praying for orphaned and vulnerable kids in Ukraine. Recently, our team in Ukraine shared this exciting story–   Denys’ Story Denys never met his father and lived with his mom who was an alcoholic. When …Read More

April 17

My Turn | Kolia’s Story

Your decision to care for one child in need has the incredible potential to multiply and impact many lives for eternity. How? By reaching one child in need who grows up to reach other children in need. People like you cared for …Read More

April 1

See What God Is Doing in Ukraine!

Thank you for giving and praying for orphaned and vulnerable kids around the world. Here’s an exciting update in photos from our team in Ukraine–   2019 Medical Clinic Our yearly medical clinic continues to grow better year after year! …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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