Serving Children in Ukraine


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.


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.


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 1

“Ready to Trust” | 2 Meetings in Ukraine

In January, we shared an exciting story of family preservation in Ukraine. Today, we’d like to give you a glimpse behind the scenes at 2 meetings our team is using to reach orphans and orphan grads for the glory of God. …Read More

January 20

The Day that Changed 3 Generations

Four years ago, Misha and Vika’s life changed forever. On a cold, rainy Sunday, Vika was walking down the road with her little girl when Lifesong teammates Alexander and Tatiana stopped to give her a lift on their way to …Read More

Lifesong-Farms December 9

Side by Side in Business & Ministry

Meet Vitaly and Vania. They were very young when social services removed them from their home and placed them in the orphanage where our staff first met them. The older of the two brothers, Vitaly was the first to graduate …Read More

October 14

How a Pandemic Impacts Food Around the World

Times of crisis usually result in shortages. And COVID-19 has been no exception. In the United States, among other things, it was toilet paper. But in other countries around the world, it’s food. And while toilet paper has returned to …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