It’s difficult to find reliable statistics on Ukrainian orphans, who are considered “throwaway kids” by society. Even our most conservative estimates describe a bleak outcome. Without intervention…
Are Chronically Unable to Find Work
Boys Enter a Continual Rotation Between Crime and Prison
Orphan Girls are Sexually Exploited
Commit Suicide by Age 18
Orphanhood often begins in regional villages, with most youth aging out of local orphanages by sixteen. Every year, 300 new orphanage graduates are sent to Zhytomyr to attend the city’s 20+ trade schools.
They're anxious about the future:
• They lack basic life skills and the ability to navigate in Ukrainian society.
• Problems multiply when they become parents; their kids are likely to be the next generation of orphans.
• Maturing orphanage graduates struggle in poverty without the support of a loving community.