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?
Ruslan’s mother had been deprived of maternal rights long ago. And the child was left without parental care. The boy needed family any way but he was not retarded or unbalanced.
Tatyana Karpukhina, the director of the center of children’s rehabilitation “Republic Pilgrim”: “As soon as we have seen the boy we doubted he had any mental problems and that he needed to be in a specialized boarding school. Ruslan was very friendly, didn’t show signs of aggression, easily adjusted to the schedule of the center as well as to its collective”.
In a definite period of time the mentors noticed that he was in a bad mood and there were often tears in his eyes. It turned out to be that the boy didn’t want to leave Pilgrim and to go to the specialized boarding school. It upset him so much that he cried.
One of these days the war chaplain Albert Khomyak came to Pilgrim with the team of volunteers. They brought gifts for the kids and they arranged the time of fellowship where Ruslan met Albert.
They boy got to know that Albert is an adoptive father who takes kids from the center to his place at the weekends. Ruslan wanted to come and visit them too.
The stuff of the Pilgrim told Albert the teenager’s story and that if nobody adopts him he will be taken to the specialized boarding school. Albert made a decision to adopt him almost right away. Regardless of judicial difficulties he didn’t give up and due to his persistence, willingness and due to the help of the city social services his 14th birthday Ruslan celebrated already in the circle of his new family.
“Pilgrim” played a vital part in the life of the boy. It is here he revealed his character and talents, proved by his behavior that it would have been a great mistakes of the officials if they had taken him to the pitiful life in that specialized boarding school for kids with mental problems. However instead of the unviable destiny he gained family, brothers and a lot of friends in the “Republic Pilgrim”.
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.
13 March 2018
Robbery, burglary, car thefts and drugs are not just crimes but also a reason to get acquainted with policemen. The majority of the kids in the center “Republic Pilgrim” at their early age have already had the negative experience of meeting the police as a result of the offences they committed.
10 February 2018
How can 11-year-old child adjust to severe circumstances his own mother condemned him. What does Daniel think and dream about after experiencing much more struggles than many adults?
11 January 2018
The most bright, dreamy and loved holidays for children are definitely Christmas holidays! At this time you can feel this good festive mood, kids receive many presents, surprises and gather around the table to have a good meal and have lots of fun. All of these things build an atmosphere of a holiday, that is something new in lives for most of the citizens of the State of Former Homeless, and what they have never felt before.
29 November 2017
The main event of the year for the State of former street kids is the elections of government. It is always a frustrating moment since not everyone can nominate for the elections. There are a whole lot of demands to a candidate. Those who nominate are best of the best. This year there was an innovation that let the elections be even more exciting.