The “scheduled feat” again! The fifth stage of the worldwide bike action “The world without orphans!”
In Summer 2017 the group of the former orphans and their adoptive parents from Ukraine will continue their worldwide bike tour “The World without orphans!” with the vision about the world where there are no lonely kids. Having ridden through the entire Ukraine, Russia and a part of Europe for the last 5 years the former street kids show by their own example how life of an abandoned kid can change after he or she was taken to a loving family. They also call unto people on behalf of those kids who need caring parents. This year the team is going to complete the fifth stage of the worldwide bike action on the Eurasian continent crossing Germany, Switzerland and France.
The worldwide bike action “The World without orphans!” is organized under the management of the pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko – the director of “Republic Pilgrim” the largest rehab program for street kids in Ukraine. Since 2000 more than 3000 adolescents went through this program. 60% of the kids could go back to their biological families, many kids were adopted or taken under guardianship or fostered. Gennadiy and his wife Olena became parents for 33 kids that had been previously abandoned.
«My adopted kids used to live on street. Some of them were at the age of 4 and we knew that if we wouldn’t have taken them the most of them will ultimately find themselves in prison”, - Gennadiy Mokhnenko shares.
He realizes that his family is not a typical pattern of adoption of children but he firmly believes that everyone can do something for orphans.
The purpose of the worldwide bike tour “The world without orphans!” is to stand for hundreds of thousands of abandoned kids all over the Earth, to popularize the idea of national adoption as well as to prompt the Christian community to search for the solution of the problems of orphanhood in our world.
This year the cyclist will continue their way from the German town Bochum where the previous stage had stopped, they will cross the South of Germany, will ride through Switzerland and will complete their way in the French port city St. Nazaire. The route promises to be rather hard. Long alpine mountain passes are waiting for the guys, but the dream of the world without orphans gives strength not to retreat before difficulties. On the way the children will take part in a number of public events and press conferences, as well as meet with foster parents from all over Europe.
The bicycle race "The world without orphans" is very important, because the main reason why people do not adopt children is their ignorance. Wherever this campaign takes place, it encourages people to think about adoption. As a result of previous worldwide stages, thousands of children around the world have obtained real parents.
06 September 2018
Mariupol chaplains provided food kits to the frontline for Ukrainian soldiers.
03 September 2018
Before they were married, Igor and Lyudmila Grechanovs heard a lot from pastor Gennady Mokhnenko about adoption and foster families, and therefore after the marriage they already knew that they wanted to take adopted children to the family. In 2012, they began to collect documents, and soon the first adopted child appeared in the family.
07 August 2018
The last 5 thousand kilometers passed in 3 months in 12 states of the United States of America from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. The team of Pilgrims led by pastor Gennady Mokhnenko completed the round-the-world tour, claiming that the dream of a world without orphans moves across all countries and continents, and this process can not be stopped.
23 July 2018
Every year many children from the "Republic Pilgrim" children are graduating, and not only graduate from school, but also successfully complete the path of rehabilitation and are ready to return home. If, of course, there is where to return.
17 May 2018
Artem is now 11 years old and he lives in Pilgrim for a year already. Earlier in his life a boy lived in a village Mirny with his mum. His mum had problems with alcohol addiction so Artem spent his free time wandering on the streets, being all too himself and having no appropriate care. When the war in East Ukraine started, a situation in a boys’ family didn’t change much - he was seen on the streets even while there were bombings!
27 April 2018
Former orphans and kids from children's rehabilitation center «Republic Pilgrim» are preparing to finish a round-the-world bike tour called «World Without Orphans» and on the first days of May this year they will go to North America. Starting from Los Angeles, California and ending in Miami, Florida state, they will overcome few thousands kilometres on their bikes, proclaiming their wildest dream, telling people about the value of the family for every single child in this world. Participants of this tour hope to prove the society that a Global Orphans Crisis – is just a myth that can be overcome by providing support for adoptive families, promoting adopting orphans or directly taking children to their families.
16 April 2018
Mariupol Charity fund «Pilgrim» realizes the biggest rehability project in Ukraine for children and teenagers who got into difficult situations in life, does work in a sphere of adult rehabilitation, helps elderly people who have no place to live and no facilities to survive. Because of the military situation in Eastern Ukraine it also doe some work with those who were forced to move away as refugees, and helps peaceful citizens in a war zone.