When children graduate from 11th grade at 16 or 17 years old, they are still too young for independent life. There are little to no social services available. Emotionally insecure, and not being able to take care of themselves in the harsh reality of outside world, a lot of these children end up as another sad statistic.
Ukraine Orphan Statistics according to world orphan project:
Ukraine has over 100,000 orphans.
Orphans typically grow up in large state-run homes, which may house over 200 children.
Children usually graduate from these institutions between 15 and 16 years old and are turned out, unprepared for life outside the home.
About 10% of them will commit suicide after leaving the orphanage before their 18th birthday.
60% of the girls will end up in prostitution. Those who run prostitution rings target orphaned girls, who are especially vulnerable due to their lack of options and lack of people who care what happens to them. Though promised good jobs, they end up on the streets and brothels in cities across Europe.
70% of the boys will enter a life of crime. Many of these will die young in violence or end up in prison. Most inmates contract TB in prison.
Our Graduates Project is seeking to connect children in need of help with individuals and/or families who would guide and help them for 2 years after they leave the orphanage; keeping in touch through letters, emails and more.
We are desperately looking for supporters for these graduates. The next class of students will be graduating May 2011.