The mariupolites are making a worldwide trip for the sake of the world without orphans.
Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. 20 mariupolites rode along these countries on their bikes This summer alongside with the founder of the Charity Fund Pilgrim, Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko.
It is impossible to overcome such distance without any difficulties. Valerii said that they came across physical and psychological challenges: “There were many hard moments. We rode about 100 km daily. So first issue is physical and second - psychological, because you always ride your bike. You need to fight with the fact that you spend so much time riding a bike. Of course it is a serious difficulty for your physics. Of course it is not easy to be a part of the team.
Regardless of the difficulty of the trip 8-year old Semion and 10 year old Daniel also took part. Unfortunately, their bikes were very old and heavy because new professional bikes cost too expensive. But it didn’t stop them, they tried their best not to be in the tail and could overcome 60 km a day. Semion and Daniel also learnt the phrase “The world without orphans” in several European languages.
According to Gennadiy Mokhnenko, due to such initiatives they attract attention of people to the problem of orphanhood and help them to overcome fear before adoption. During their trip very often people would come up to them and thank them for helping them to decide to adopt a child from an orphanage: “We were holding on our laps kids in Germany who were adopted by people who heard us and stopped being afraid of the word “ Orphan”. Thus the fruit of this action is over one hundred happy stories, including handicapped kids, children in wheelchairs, HIV + kids. Because some kids with HIV+ status were with us in the trip and they openly told their testimonies saying that such kids need families too. They told about how they were adopted. People stop being scared and it destroys their stereotypes and prejudices. People start adopting kids and t is our reward”.
Gennadiy Mokhnenko and his team is invited to many countries of the worl including China. But for now they plan to finish their route around the world. The Pastor says: “Next year we plan to visit 10 more countries of Europe and then we will cross to the American continent. It will be the finish of the worldwide action”.
The project of national adoption «You will be found»
30 August 2016
The team from Mariupol travel around Europe to attract the attention to street kids. The bike action was initiated by the priest of the Pentecostal church Gennadiy Mokhnenko. He went to the worldwide bike tour alongside with his adopted kids. “It is so unfair because there is a thousand of families for each orphan in our country” – states Gennadiy Mokhnenko who is the adoptive father of 32 kids and 3 biological ones.
13 August 2016
The group of the former street kids has arrived on their bikes to the Narinkkatori square ahead with the Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko. The bike tour along the northern Europe on the idea of the initiators must attract attention to the situation in the East of Ukraine and to the problems of orphaned kids.
10 August 2016
In August 9th in Helsinki the solemn meeting of the partakers of the worldwide bike action “ The world without orphans” took place.
31 July 2016
At the end of this week the group of cyclists rode into Riga within the worldwide journey under the motto” The world without orphans”. All of them are former street kids who once were fostered by the pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko – the founder of the largest in the countries of CIS children’ rehab center “Republic Pilgrim”. As the priest shared in the interview to the program of the Latvian radio 4 “ day by day” his purpose here is to debunk the myths and stereotypes about adoption that exist in the Latvian society.
28 July 2016
The cyclists from Mariupol are making a bike tour along the countries of the North and the west of Europe.
20 July 2016
The former street kids left the borders of Ukraine within the worldwide bike tour “ The World without orphans” and they continue their way along Europe. The first European country has become a friendly Poland.
12 July 2016
The participants of the worldwide bike tour entered the city of Lviv in the 11th of July and about 50 cyclists rode through the city center of Lviv within the bike action around the world "Ukraine and the world without orphans”.
09 July 2016
On bikes they ride to Europe. During the next 2 months the children will overcome 300 miles. A small group of enthusiastic young men who used to be orphans in the past travel around the world and call upon all people to fight against orphanhood. Today within the bike tour the cyclists reached Rivne.
08 July 2016
The team of the cyclists consists of the kids from adoptive and foster families, from adoptive and foster parents and the graduates of orphanages.