A Stepping Stone to A New Life Donate Fundraise You can directly help young people be prepared for adulthood. Simply by donating – you can make a difference by providing hope and opportunity to young people. The young people are emotionally, spiritually and socially traumatized having had years of institutional care and/or abuse at home. New Beginning strengthens self-image and encourages social integration. Only 10% of orphans leaving institutions enter society in a fulfilling and developing way New Beginning is based in the western city of Mukacheve. It has transformed the lives of many young people leaving institutional care. ALL of the New Beginning "graduates" go on to lead fully independent lives including employment, accommodation and starting their own families. Our programmes offer teenage orphans in Technical Schools hope and opportunity. They enter a 2-3 year life-changing programme which involves: structured courses for independent living including areas such as health and hygiene, time and money, risk of substance abuse formal and informal education to boost the literacy and numeracy for young people who have only the very basics otherwise planning for independent living including further education, accomodation, employment, leisure and cultural interests, relationships and community engagement all of this is supported by accommodating the young people in a detached dormitory where they are cared for and protected from others introduction to church and the salvation offered by Jesus - but, this is their choice and is in no way forced upon them The consequences are that they are prevented from encountering the problems so often confronted on leaving care; they are equipped to be responsible, confident and active members of society; assisted in securing a quality education and job-related skills; and above all, they are encouraged (but not forced) to give back to others in need and to become secure in the love of Christ. This work is long term and progressive. More young people will always want to join the programme and the authorities are eager to send young people to us as they know how effective the programme is. Making a new beginning without a family to provide support and guidance can be difficult for a young person. Thanks to your kind donations we are able to help young people have a future.