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Many children in this vast and complex country are “social orphans.” While some have lost parents to death, many have been orphaned because of alcohol abuse, economic, or other social factors. In many areas of Russian society, the word “orphan” is often synonymous with “worthless.”
The orphan story doesn’t end at the orphanage. The second crisis begins the day they “graduate” from the orphanage—on this day, their chances for survival are cut in half.
Life in an institution has left them completely unprepared to manage simple tasks of life – or make good choices about relationships, who to trust, or how to spend their time. No guidance and no accountability mean no compass or direction in life. Orphaned girls are especially vulnerable to prostitution and sex trafficking.
HopeChest provides over 1,000 vulnerable children with protective services through our Ministry Centers, Family Centers, Independent Living Center Programs, and Young Mothers Programs. Girls and boys in these programs are not only safe, but loved and cared for by our dedicated staff.
According to the Russia Ministry of Education, the typical orphan statistics are grim:
- 60% of orphanage “graduates” are unemployed or not in school
- 50% use drugs and abuse alcohol
- 60% fall into prostitution to survive
- 15% take their own lives.