Sails of Hope Home – Ukraine
Current phase of support:
0 Double Orphans
74 Additional Children
(Served through school, feeding programs, rehabilitation, etc.)
Slavyansk is located in Eastern Ukraine.
23 SQ. MILE 117,445 POP.
Slavyansk is a city in Eastern Ukraine that has struggled since the country’s separation from the former Soviet Union in 1991. While conditions have improved in recent years, the city’s people continue to grapple with poverty, alcoholism, drug abuse, and high incidences of tuberculosis and HIV. 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. Ukraine is also the country worst affected by HIV/AIDS in all of Europe. Literally thousands of children each year are orphaned or abandoned – left to fend for themselves on city streets, in basements, and in underground sewage tunnels. Recently, Slavyansk was a major center of divergence in 2014 during the pro-Russian conflict in Ukraine. This has led to an economic downturn, with the state of the verge of bankruptcy, leaving many without jobs or a way to provide for their families. The turmoil has created an atmosphere of hopelessness and panic, especially for the children.
Sails of Hope Children’s Home was founded in 2000 as a direct response to these many issues.
Sails of Hope is now a home of love that offers nourishing food, medicine, and the Gospel to abandoned children. As a result of the work at Sails of Hope, more than 250 children have received material, social, psychological, and spiritual support. Twelve families have been restored after the parents became free of drug and alcohol addictions through the church’s Christian rehabilitation centers. More than 20 children have been adopted or taken into foster care, and more than 60 children from families in need regularly receive food products, clothing, medicines, and other necessities for living. Please consider working with us to enable Sails of Hope to continue to pursue the children who need hope and refuge.
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.
3 prominent issues
Issues have been identified by children who have faced or escaped these struggles in their region of the world.
Ukraine is the country worst affected by HIV/AIDS in all of Europe. This leaves countless children orphaned and helpless to the hardships around them.
Substance abuse is one of the most prominent issues in Ukraine, with heroin being the primary substance of abuse because of easy access and high availability.
Ukraine has been involved in a war with Russia that has left the country devastated. Since it began, more than 3,000 civilians have been killed, and 1.7 million have been displaced.
The shelling left Sails of Hope's building in shambles. The windows were broken, the roof was gone and a gaping hole was left in the side of the building. However, since then, Sails of Hope has been rebuilt and restored, once again offering a place of solace and relief for children in their community. As of December, the children were able to move back from the camp and into the home once more. We celebrate this with them!
One of the prayers of the orphanage director, Eva Samoylenko, is for the children's health to be restored, both from sickness and the trauma of their childhood. As a result of the work at Sails of Hope, more than 250 children have received material, social, psychological, and spiritual support. Twelve families have been restored after the parents became free of drug and alcohol addictions through the church’s Christian rehabilitation centers. The home not only keeps the children in their care well-fed, but also provides feeding services to their community.
Sails of Hope asks for prayer, that peace may be restored in the country of Ukraine as well as in the hearts of the people there. As for their ministry, God has abundantly blessed it. He has allowed many children to know his love because of the work of Sails of Hope. He has miraculously protected them while their country waged war. Please consider blessing this home as the pursue the most vulnerable of Slavyansk, Ukraine.
The school-aged children at Sails of Hope are able to attend school. It is because of this education that they will have hopes of one day finding jobs and supporting themselves.