Mentoring Under The Government Umbrella & Promoting Mentoring Through Local Churches
In August 2016, the government of Ukraine signed a law that for mentoring to be official, a “mentor needs to finish special training and get a certificate of his/her qualification”. Kostya and Nadya Voropayev finished such training through “One Hope” organization in Ukraine and are working hard on developing strong and deep relationships with local churches in regions around Ukraine.
The local church is called by God to look after orphans by mentoring them and our goal is to establish local mentoring communities so that mentors have constant access to children, can respond to their needs, can encourage them, and can serve their heart, mind and soul.
At the same time, the president of Ukraine signed a decree that all orphanages will be disbanded by 2026. As of 2017, children will no longer go to orphanages anymore. Today is a special time for our whole county, the church, and especially orphans. This is a time when all are becoming united and striving to help in different areas. Leaders of local churches, volunteers, mentors and even unbelievers are getting involved in this work and are trying to do their best to change lives for the better and become more professional in their work in many new areas.
From another side, many non-profit organizations and charitable funds are striving together to make a platform, where they can cooperate on a professional level and also make an organized and straight strategy in working with orphans and families in crisis throughout the whole country of Ukraine. Especially and deeply involved in these process is the Department of the President of Ukraine for the Representation of Children’s Rights.
Together with leaders, mentors, and volunteers who are members of local churches, we are trying to do our best to promote mentoring and recruit more people in this ministry around Ukraine.