Feeding the Street Children – Kiev, Ukraine – Spring 2007
In April 2007. House of David members accompanied the ministry of Ezra International during it's work in the Ukraine.
There are more than 5,000 street children in Kiev alone living in the most terrible conditions. Most are between 7 and 17 years old; some as young as 4 years old. These children have often been rejected by their families or have themselves rejected their families; are distrustful of adults and those in authority. In order to survive they are turning to crime. Many are sniffing glue or taking drugs and alcohol. The children are as young as two years old – a "lost" group.
Ezra workers are finding these children in their hiding places, reaching out to them and showing them the love of God in various practical, ways:
Regular 'food runs' are made – the children not only receive good food at the 'feeding station', but also clothing.
The social and medical situation is uncovered, then contact is made with the Ukrainian State Service for joint decisions concerning relevant issues and needs.
Children are given medical and dental help at clinics and hospitals. They are taught about personal hygiene and respect for one's body.
Ezra workers seek to inspire trust from the children through continuing unconditional love and provision.
We had the privilege of accompanying the Ezra "fishermen" as they went to the streets to find the children.
The following links provide photos from our Kiev trip: