The visa free regime works even for former street kids!
At this time last year my guys experienced a serious shock (I have 32 adopted kids). When we approached the Polish border within our worldwide bike action “The World without orphans!” the passports of the half of the team arrived without visas in them. It was a knockdown.
We understood why they refused to give them visa. My guys who grew up on street don’t have estate, bank accounts, wives, children and cool working places. But still it was not easy to handle this “bureaucratic crook in the lot”. Before that the boys crossed on their bikes the entire Ukraine and Russia from Vladivostok with the call to adoption. They surely dreamt about the European stages.
Thus, last year only a half of the team could continue the worldwide bike tour. We crossed 10 more countries, through Poland, the Baltic countries, Scandinavia and entered Germany.
Tonight on our way to Europe the team was worrying a lot. Will the visa free regime work for all the guys or a part of them won’t be able to be with us in the journey for reasons mentioned above. But our fears were vain!!! The entire team (27 people) crossed the border!!! The visa free regime works even for the former street kids!!!)))
Thus we are heading towards our dream about “The world without orphans!” We encourage people to adopt children, to empty orphanages and to take children into families!
We have 20000 km behind us, 11 countries and hundreds of orphans who were taken to families by those who heard us… We will add 2500 km to the distance in one month and three more states… we will cross through Germany, Switzerland and France. There is Bavaria, the Alps, Paris and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean ahead of us. Wish good luck to us in the worldwide bike action of the former street kids!!!
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.