Exodus Project -
Transition - Homes for Teenage Orphans
most critical stage of an orphan’s life in the Ukraine, (where
the statistics are so tragic), are at the ages of 15 to 18,
just after they have left the orphanages. Statistics on
orphans during this time of their lives have shown an
estimated 70% of the boys end up in crime, 60% of girls in
prostitution, and over 10% commit suicide. They are
extremely vulnerable, alone, and unprepared for life in the
world. When Steve Cassidy, Orphan’s Hope President, visited
a vocational school in the winter, the orphans were living
in conditions with no heat in below zero weather, no shower
or bath facilities, no lights in halls or toilets, and very
bad moral conditions. Such situations are not uncommon.
Orphan’s Hope has opened transition homes for these young
people who have left the government orphanage system. The OH
homes provide a
quality environment with love,
mentoring/discipleship, warm housing, hot showers, healthy
food, life skills development, training in subjects like
computers and English, while they attend a technical school.
The difference such homes can have in the lives of these
orphans, is like night and day, in giving them a spiritual
foundation and skills to build their lives on.
We wee a significant difference in the lives of teens in
our program. Some who left the government orphanages at age
15 with a fifth grade education, will be going to university
to this year! Something they never could have dreamed of
without our Orphan's Hope programs. For orphans who have no
one to help them, there is nothing like having someone who
really cares about you, taking time one to one, and help
fill in so many gaps from life in an orphanage. We love
helping these young people find God's way, where He can
smile on a life redeemed and being lived well.
With you our partners, we are making all the difference in
world for some of these young people.
So many kids need our help and we can do a lot for the
money. Please help us give these
young people a brighter future.