Journey to the Country of Ukraine

Through Hope House, lives are being transformed to break the cycle of a poverty mindset and set them free to raise their families and empowers them to contribute positively to their society

Ukraine Facts

UN, World Bank


Population: 42.5 million


Capital: Kiev


Currency: Ukrainian hryvnia (UAH)


Area: 603,628 km² (233,062 mi²)


Languages: Ukrainian


Major religions:  Eastern Orthodoxy and Greek Catholicism

WHI in Ukraine

Since 2005, WHI Canada has run Hope House, a program in Odessa, Ukraine, which offers a home for girls who have aged out of orphanages or who are living on the streets. These girls can stay at Hope House for as long as they are in school. Once they graduate from post-secondary education, they graduate from Hope House. Many girls are so grateful for this program that they choose to volunteer even after they have graduated—adding to the program’s sustainability and continuing the transformational impact of Hope House.

Celebrating the Passionate Purpose

World Hope’s first-ever Online Gala could not have gone any better. Our community stepped up and we all experienced 37 feel-good minutes of good news.

Rewriting the Ends

World Hope is moving towards becoming a leader in community-based ministry focused on lessening the amount of institutionalized living in Ukraine and training Christ-centered families to care for orphans.

Duplicate Hope

Sergiy Rubikov is a teacher and is gifted in taking difficult and challenging lessons and breaking them down to easily understood nuggets of truth. He himself grew up as an orphan and now has a passion to help other orphaned children find their place in society and...



Spaces Available

8 People

How Long

1 Week


18 yrs & older **



*Cost includes tickets, meals, in-country transportation, and housing (subject to change)
** Minors accompanied by a parent/legal guardian must be in grade 10.

Type of Work

Hope House

Hope House provides a safe place for orphaned girls who have aged out of the government orphanage system. Those who age out are put on the streets or back with a dysfunctional family and are vulnerable to trafficking, drug abuse, and prostitution. Since 2002, 150 young women have graduated from the program and have received education and life skills for living in society and to help break the cycle of orphans in Ukraine.  

Formal Educational Development

In order to break the cycle of poverty and orphaned children, education is a priority. The Hope House program aims to help each participant reach their appropriate educational goals and prepare them to participate and live in society and create a healthy family structure.  

Start Your Journey

Going to Hope House was an incredible opportunity to see how God is moving in Ukraine. As soon as we stepped into the house we could hear laughter and felt the love and joy of the girls. Watching and hearing the story God is telling through the lives of orphans who now have hope, dignity and a bright future was so inspiring. It is such a privilege to be a part of this ministry

Ben Last, Lead Pastor of Southgate Community Church

Meet Sergiy and Larissa! They are the country directors of Ukraine. Sergiy is a gifted teacher with a bachelor’s degree in Historical Theology and a Masters in Theology. He is an ordained pastor and is trained to work with traumatized youth. Sergiy and Larissa now host a series of seminars training other couples on how to work with vulnerable children. 

Things You Need to Know


Passport Required: Yes – 6 month validation


Visa Required: Not required


Vaccinations: Please consult your family doctor


Spending of World Hope International (Canada) funds is confined to Board approved projects. Funds designated towards a project are used as designated, with the understanding that when the need for that project has been met or cannot be completed for reasons determined by the Board, the remaining funds designated will be used where needed most.

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