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Around the world on bikes for the sake of orphans - for them to find families.

Around the world on bikes for the sake of orphans - for them to find families.

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.

 The cyclists are in Sweden now and then they will head to Denmark. It is almost 3000 km on their counters since July 5th. The bike tour had started in Kiev; their route lay through Warsaw, Vilnius, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm. There are some more European countries ahead of them. The action “The world without orphans” has had 4 stages, the one that is going on this summer is the stage No 4. The cyclists rode around Ukraine, part of Europe and Russia (from Moscow to Vladivostok). Every year the partakers overcome the distance of about 1000 km.

“ We ride around the Globe with my adopted kids and some more kids from other families  encouraging people to adopt« - shares the initiator of the bike action Gennadiy Mokhnenko. There are many myths and prejudices about adoption. Our action has a motivation to destroy them. We have held hundreds of events: we perform in concert halls, churches, at city squares – wherever there is an opportunity to impart our confidence that all the children must have families instead of living in orphanages. We use all opportunities for the spreading of the dream about the world in which every child wakes up and hugs their Mom and Dad instead of breech cushion”.

There are 20 people in the team plus 5 people of the support team.  They ride 140 km a day and at times 200 km.  The concessions are only for the youngest partakers of the team – the 2 adopted kids of Gennadiy Semion (and Daniel ( 11). On their way the guys found new friends, caught their first fish and learnt in several languages the phrase “The world without orphans” that they chant everywhere.

 «Świat bez sierot. Pasaulis be našlaičiams», –  Semion Mokhnenko chant the motto in Polish and Lithuanian.

 They ride along the route they had planned beforehand. They arrange to spend nights in local schools, churches or private homes.

“We declared our goal to ride around the world on bikes when we didn’t have ones.  But some people helped us to buy them. We are not ashamed to raise funds daily during our performances for us to have money for gas for our vehicles of the support team. We have no big sponsors but for instance a professional cyclist Vladimir Efimkin with his friends bought us our cyclist sports’ uniform” – Mokhnenko shares.

People stop being scared of the word “ an orphan”

Gennadiy Mokhnenko has to do with street kids for 20 years now. They were living in groups not too far from his church in abandoned sewers. The priest was feeding them and later they began to stay in the church for a night. This is how the center of children’s rehabilitation ‘ Republic Pilgrim” was born, it is the largest such center on the territory of the former USSR. Over 3500 kids of the most difficult social category had gone through the center.

“Those were the kids of drug addicts. When we were taking them from streets we realized that it won’t be the best solution to just bring them back to a state orphanage, - Gennadiy recollects. The best solution is to find them families. I have 32 adopted kids. Such families are quite a few in our church: one family adopted 11 kids and 8 of them have HIV+ status.  The adoption has become a part of our culture even though my example is not to be followed. The greatest injustice to my mind is that there is 1-2 thousands of families per one orphan in our countries. The most horrible monument of the soviet past is not  Lenin statues but big orphanages, with all my respect”.

 Gennadiy hasn’t been counting how many kids found families but he has quite a few stories of how people stop being scared of the word “an orphan” and become parents for disabled children or HIV+ kids. In Poland they met a family who previously had heard the speeches of Mokhnenko and decided to adopt 4 kids. In the Russian city Samara one woman became an adoptive mother for 5 disabled kids.

 The journey of the Mariupolites will finish in September 1st in the German town called Bochum. They will leave their bikes there in order to start their journey from that point next year. They have 10 more European countries and America ahead of them. Not later than in summer of 2019 they former street kids will finish their worldwide bike action.


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19 September 2017

The twelfth adopted son of the chaplain Albert Khomyak.

The twelfth adopted son of the chaplain Albert Khomyak.
The social services came to the “Republic Pilgrim” for help. They asked to take into the center a 13-year-old boy temporarily, for the time of his medical examination. Afterwards the boy was to be taken to a special boarding school for kids with mental flaws. But did the boy really need to be in such a boarding school?
17 August 2017

The fifth stage of the world wide bike tour “The world without orphans!”has been completed

The fifth stage of the world wide bike tour “The world without orphans!”has been completed
The trip around the world for the sake of the world without orphans. This was the motto of the team of the former Mariupol street kids riding across the entire Ukraine, Russia and Europe within the last 5 summer seasons. The former street kids show by their own example how life of a child can change if he or she is taken to a loving family and they call unto people not to be scared of adoption and to take kids from orphanages.
25 July 2017

The Worldwide bikes tour “The world without orphans!” – The German stage.

The Worldwide bikes tour “The world without orphans!” – The German stage.
On July 16th the group of the former street kids and of their adoptive parents from Ukraine continued their worldwide bike tour “The World without orphans” with the vision about the world where there are no lonely children. Having ridden within the last 5 stages across the entire Ukraine, Russia and a part of Europe, the former street kids show by their own example how a life of an abandoned kid may change when he or she is taken to a loving family and they plead on behalf of other kids who need caring parents. This year the team will complete the fifth stage of the worldwide bike action across the Eurasian continent, on riding across Germany, Switzerland and France.
21 July 2017

The visa free regime works even for former street kids!

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.
17 July 2017

The “scheduled feat” again! The fifth stage of the worldwide bike action “The world without orphans!”

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.
03 July 2017

The former street kids will improve their health working at the dacha (the country house) and by swimming in the river.

The former street kids will improve their health working at the dacha (the country house) and by swimming in the river.
As the medical workers point out all the kids in Pilgrim have weak immunity, avitaminosis and consequences of unhealthy life. Summer is just high time for the guys to get the energy charge, vitamins, to get impressions and to get strength for the new academic year.
20 June 2017

New life has started for the Minister of Finances.

New life has started for the Minister of Finances.
In the “Republic Pilgrim” it is a special day even though a bit sad one – the Graduation 2017. It is always time of special experiences and a very significant event for the graduates. Each one of them has a very rough story behind them, their life used to be destroyed; they used to have a mental trauma and a tough way of restoration.
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