The Salvation Army runs a corps in Kharkov since 2001, the second largest city in Ukraine. The area around the city is very poor, there is a huge number of single-parent families and dysfunctional families. The negative influences of the streets still remain one of the biggest problems for the young generation.The Salvation Army corps, together with other local organizations, tries to help these vulnerable groups of society, arranging different social activities, programs and seminars. However, resources are limiting the extent of the programs.
Center of Hope
In recent years, The Salvation Army carried out the Kharkov Social Center project to help the most vulnerable social groups such as children, elderly people, single parent families and IDPs to counteract social inequality through Christian, educational and counseling programs.After the completion of this project, The Salvation Army decided to continue their work by starting another project in Kharkov as of September 2017. This two and a half-year project will provide practical assistance to vulnerable social groups, improve their social life and decrease their vulnerability to bad influences like drugs and abuse. In addition, the aim is to provide spiritual education to people in order to improve their relationships with each other as well as with God.
The Kharkov Center of Hope project consists of three parts. There are social consultation programs for elderly people four days a week through which they learn how save money for a pension or for medical services. There are also after school programs for children between the ages of six and twelve,as well as antihuman-trafficking educational and counseling programs for teenagers two days a week.Participants are provided with psychological consultation for traumas and domestic violence, anti-human trafficking consultations and social counseling.The programs will be carried out by social workers, volunteers and Corps Officers of the Kharkov Corps. Additionally, The Red Cross and the children’s club “Calibri” provide qualified personnel to help out with the programs.