AT A GLANCE:
Even prior to the current conflict in Ukraine, millions of children and adults have lived in poverty. From 2015–2019, it looked like poverty was declining. In 2020, however—due to the global pandemic—poverty again rose dramatically. In Ukraine, families with children are at greatest risk for poverty.
During peaceful times, an estimated 250 children entered the orphanage system daily. While many more children live on the streets.
So today, as conflicts continue, kids continue to bear the brunt of the crisis in Ukraine. They’re at greatest risk for malnutrition, abuse, trafficking, or serious illness.
Located in eastern Europe, Ukraine is the second largest country after Russia.
Population: 43,802, 909
Capital: Kiev, located on the Dnieper River in the north-central part of the country
Religion: Ukrainian Orthodox, Ukrainian Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish
Language: Ukrainian (67.5%) and Russian (29.6%)
Statistically speaking, within 2 years of leaving the orphanage, 80% of orphan graduates become involved in drugs, crime, or prostitution. Many end up in jail, or commit suicide. And sadly, it’s understandable. Without adequate support or education, many of these young people lack the basic skills to get jobs. Additionally, they can’t find housing, or protect themselves in vulnerable situations.
But there is hope.
For orphan grads, especially, Christian mentorship can make all the difference.