A chaplain called “Dad” and father to 33 children

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2016/01/18 • Stories, Ukraine

Hennadiy Mohnenko is a chaplain from Mariupol, who founded and runs the orphanage Respublika Pilihrim (Pilgrim Republic). For 17 years, this institution has sheltered and educated more than 3,000 orphans. The chaplain himself, who is affectionately called Batya (Dad), has adopted 33 children.

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Hennadiy Mohnenko and his wards were among the first to volunteer to dig trenches around Mariupol (major city situated in southeastern Ukraine on the north coast of the Sea of Azov-Ed.).

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“I have a dream – I see myself sitting by the fireplace and telling my grandchildren how the century-old Russian imperial ambitions were stopped at the Mariupol trenches that my kids and I dug together.”

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Video: Khrystyna Bondarenko, Anna Tsyhyma

 

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Source: Hromadske

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  • W8post

    17 minutes watching and listening without understanding a word; don’t even know they/he speaking Russian or Ukrainian. IMPRESSIVE! Never seen such sane, healthy and happy kids in an Ukrainian institute. (and I’ve seen a few.) What also caught my eye is the ‘openness’ of everything; people running in and out; nothing to hide.Those kids really love their ‘kapelan’, sorry, their surrogate/substitute DAD!