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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."
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 means no compass. Orphaned girls are especially vulnerable to prostitution and sex trafficking.
Over the past decade, Capo Beach Church has partnered with three specific orphanages in the Kostroma region. These orphanages have become virtual extensions of our own church as our members have directly sponsored hundreds of these orphans. As a community, we not only engage with these orphanages through sponsorship, but also through trips, which gives us the opportunity to be physical reminders to the children that there is an entire church body who loves them, prays for thems and has a vested interest in their lives.
Sponsoring one of the Russian orphans through Children's HopeChest will help provide access to a better environment, improved health, tutoring, and age appropriate Bible training. You will be able to build a relationship with your sponsored child. Like other children, orphans need adult input. The one-to-one connection through letter writing between you and the child you sponsor will allow you to offer encouragement, guidance, and the love of Jesus Christ as few other adults ever will.