Ukraine: Instilling Hope in Little Hearts
The work of Father’s House began in 1996, when Roman Korniyko, a young doctor, started working with the homeless children of Kiev. The conditions in which these children lived troubled his heart. Many had made their homes in cellars, sewers and heating pipes throughout the city.
Uncle Roma, as he was called by the children, began to bring food, cooked by his wife, to his small friends. He invited them to his home for prayer, clean clothes and medical help.
With the help of other believers, Roman opened Father’s House, a two-room rented apartment that was crammed with bunk beds for 17 children. Another 20 came for aid throughout the day. Here, the children received spiritual, emotional and physical support.
Father’s House workers found Tolya, 14, and his sister Luba, 13, after they ran away from home when their parents became alcoholics. Luba slept in random basements in Kiev. Tolya made friends with drug addicts and contracted AIDS.
When ministry staff discovered the children, they sent Tolya to a rehabilitation center, and began meeting with the children’s parents. Tolya and Luba’s mother stopped drinking and began to read the Bible. Luba made the decision to follow Christ and now sings in the school choir.
With help from Christian Aid, Ukraine is now home to 22 Father’s House children’s centers.
In 1999, the Ukrainian authorities registered Father’s House International Charity Foundation, and the ministry is recognized on all levels as the leader among child care and support in Ukraine. It encompasses summer camps for homeless children, a rehabilitation center, vocational training centers, humanitarian aid programs and an adoption program.
Father’s House partners with and assists more than 40 Christian centers and programs for orphans and homeless children.