Pilgrim Republic – Ukraine
Mariupol, Ukraine
Current phase of support:

40 Boys

30 Girls

10 Double Orphans

17 Staff

33 Additional Children

(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)

Mariupol is the tenth largest city in Ukraine.

64.09  SQ. MILE         463,270  POP.

The population of Mariupol consists mainly of Ukrainians and Russians. Because of this, it has been a center of major conflict during recent events. But Ukraine faces another dire concern: alcoholism and drug addiction. Alcohol-related deaths accounted for nearly 40% of adult male deaths and 22% of adult female deaths in Ukraine in 2007. This trend of alcoholism and drug addiction is often accompanied by mistreatment, neglect, and exploitation of Ukraine's children. Not to mention, Ukraine is the country worst affected by HIV/AIDS in all of Europe. Because of these many issues, children in Ukraine often wind up on the street where they too are subject to fatal drug and alcohol addictions.

Pilgrim Home for Children is in the business of rehabilitation.

In 2000, Gennadiy Mokhnenko, along with his wife and other members of their congregation, began delivering food to children on the streets. They were shocked to find that many of the children, even the youngest of them, were addicted to drugs and alcohol. Many were also infected by HIV, and unable to receive proper treatment. As time passed, Gennadiy and his church grew more and more impassioned about the children’s plight. They knew they needed to do more for these children than to simply visit them in their misery. Gennadiy began offering children shelter in an old, abandoned building. The church was later able to purchase and remodel the building into what is now Pilgrim Republic Children’s Home, a place of refuge, recovery, and rehabilitation.

Serving Orphans Worldwide travels to every orphanage we partner with to ensure needs are legitimate and 100% of funds distributed goes to the livelihood of the children.

Watch Gennadiy's Story

Gennadiy is a hero to over 2,000 children that have been rescued from the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine. It's fearless leaders, like Gennadiy, that inspire greatness in our world.

3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.


According to the World Health Organization, Ukraine has the most alcohol consumption by youth and children of any country in the world.

Drug Addiction

Injecting drug use continues to be the driving force behind the HIV/AIDS crisis in Ukraine.


Ukraine has the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence of any European nation. 80% of those infected are young people.


Before SOW’s involvement, Pilgrim Republic was on the verge of closing its doors. The rehab center and children’s home was in shambles. With the help of SOW and a partner organization, Pilgrim Republic was able to keep its doors open and is now one of the top running children’s homes in the country of Ukraine.


Pilgrim is considered the largest alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation center in the country and it is continually rescuing the youth of Ukraine from futures of addiction. Over the years more than 2,700 teenagers and children have passed through the ministry of Pilgrim Republic. More than half of them were able to return to families or permanent care upon rehabilitation.


Because of its roots as a ministry of the local church, Pilgrim takes excellent spiritual care of its children. Children are not only healing physically from the struggles of their past. The local church also sees to it that they are healed spiritually during their stay at Pilgrim.


Many of the children attend school on premises at Pilgrim Republic. This ensures that the children undergoing rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse are resocialized and able to cope well within the education system upon returning to permanent care.