Unfortunately, statistics show that within 2 years of graduation 70-80% of Ukrainian orphans will become involved in crime or prostitution and 10% will take their own lives.
The vision of True Hope is to break the cycle of abandonment in the lives of orphans and to see them live and thrive independently with the knowledge that they are valuable and loved.
With a team of volunteers, we minister to thousands of orphans of all ages and in every sphere of life. Not only do we care for their physical needs, but most importantly we care for their emotional and eternal needs by introducing them to the life changing love of Jesus Christ.
Life of an Orphan
Abandoned Babies (newborn – 3 years old)
Children abandoned at this young age remain in the hospital until their paperwork is completed. They then go into the system and can be transferred to a more permanent home or facility. They often receive little care or nurturing that is vital for their health and development.
Kids and Teens (3-16 years old)
Children living in boarding schools, rehabilitation centers and orphanages are looked after by underpaid and overworked staff. While their basic needs are met, they lack the love and attention that only a family can give. Many fall behind in their studies and aren’t taught basic skills such as cooking, cleaning, and budgeting which leaves them unprepared for independent living.
Young Adults (14+)
Aged-out orphans live in fear of what tomorrow might bring. After graduation they go on to study in technical and trade schools while living in unsupervised dormitories. With their new freedom and lack of guidance and support they often end up in difficult situations, or make bad decisions which leave them homeless, penniless and vulnerable to crime and sex trafficking.
Like orphans, people with disabilities are not valued in Ukraine’s society. They are placed in dilapidated facilities on the edge of the city where they receive minimum care. An orphan with a physical or mental disability will live in these homes their entire lives.
How We Help
In all that we do, our first goal is relationship. Through regular visits to the different facilities and homes, we bring encouragement and build heart connections. We make it known that we are always available for counseling, advice or just to be family to them.
From diapers and vitamins, to school supplies, clothing, blankets and food – we show the love of God by meeting the basic needs of young and adult orphans however we can.
We have dozens of transitional apartments where orphanage grads can live and learn responsibility until they can afford a place of their own. Without our help, many of these teens and young adults would be on the streets.
A good education and learning a marketable skill is essential to helping orphans break out of the poverty cycle. We help them receive a higher education in several ways: by assisting with the application and admission process, through tutoring and study support, and financially through our scholarship program. Our weekly life skill classes in technical schools around the city teach orphan grads basic lessons like budgeting and time management.
Our legal volunteers work to restore orphans’ vital documents that are often lost, as well as any property they were to receive as an inheritance.
The True Hope team is there to help with medical emergencies, purchasing necessary medication and helping finance surgeries when needed.
In the end, only the life-changing love of God can heal the orphan heart from the shame, fear, bitterness and abandonment that controls their lives. When they can experience the acceptance of the Father and the encouragement of the family of God, then they begin to thrive. Through bible lessons, home groups, prayer groups and connection with the local church, we lead them to the one who can save and give true freedom, Jesus Christ.
Moving Forward – True Hope Center
We are currently renovating a 3-story building that will become True Hope Center – a place where we can house, train, educate and provide work opportunities for aged-out orphans all under one roof. For now, our transitional apartments are spread all over the city of Krivoy Rog, where we are based. When renovations are done, the center will house 120 teens and young adults. We will also offer training in different skills such as English, photography, computer programming, hairstyling, sewing and more.