Youth Development

Hope Now Ministries

Orphans. Family. Community.

aka Hope Now USA

Atlanta, GA


Our mission is to spread the hope of Jesus Christ while caring for orphans, renewing families, and growing communities in Ukraine.

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Mrs Cyndee Knight

Main Address

2090 Dunwoody Club Dr Ste 106-123

Atlanta, GA 30350 USA


Ukraine, orphans, widows, community





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Family Counseling, Marriage Counseling (P46)

Protestant (X21)

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Ukraine achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Since then, the economy has grown, but millions of people still live in poverty across Ukraine today. Right now, there are about 750 institutions housing 106,000 orphans in Ukraine, with the majority of them being “social orphans” who were abused or abandoned by their parents and were placed in an orphanage. Around the age of 16, orphans in Ukraine must leave the orphanage because there is no funding for them to remain. Most orphans leave without the basic skills to provide for themselves, and sadly, 60-70% of Ukrainian orphan graduates become involved in prostitution or organized crime. Twenty percent end up in prison, and ten percent go on to commit or attempt suicide. Others embrace alcoholism and produce a new generation for the orphanage. Less than one percent make it to a university or higher education. Hope Now seeks to serve orphans, families and communities living in poverty to provide hope for their future.

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Orphan Sponsorship

Orphan Graduate Program

Renewing Families

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Hope Now's mission is to spread the hope of Jesus Christ while caring for orphans, renewing families, and growing communities in Ukraine. Our goal is to glorify God in all we do as we work with orphanages, churches, and community partners to provide basic needs for orphans and families while building relationships with them.

One way we care for orphans in Ukraine is through our Orphan Sponsorship Program. Sponsors provide monthly funds to care for their sponsored child's basic needs while also building relationships with them through letter writing, birthday presents, and personal visits. Part of the funds from these monthly sponsors also goes toward our monthly Bible Classes at the orphanage and Christian Education training for the teachers. Hope Now cares for orphans after they graduate through our Pre-Independence Home. This home is for 10-12 teenage orphan graduates who are in need of a safe, nurturing environment as they pursue trade school, college or university. We also partner with local churches and volunteers to lead a weekly Bible Study and mentorship programs. Lastly, Hope Now cares for families of orphans through our partnerships with local churches and charities. We provide basic necessities for families who desire to care for their children while offering Christian mentorship to parents.

We are able to accomplish our goals through the hard work of our staff and volunteers in Ukraine, along with the faithful support of our American donors and volunteers. We also partner with local churches and charities in the Cherkasy region of Ukraine in order to best carry out our mission.

Hope Now tracks the progress of its programs through multifaceted assessments. First, Hope Now tracks the success of its orphan care programs through interviews with orphans and orphan graduates. Our volunteers visit the orphanage each month and meet with graduates multiple times a month in order to gauge their mental, social, physical and spiritual well-being. Secondly, Hope Now is in frequent communication with the Director and administration of the orphanage in order to fully understand how our programs are affecting their work and how we can constantly improve.

Since 1992, Hope Now has served over 2,000 kids at camps each summer. Hope Now began its partnership with Shpola Orphanage in 2014, and since then it has provided sponsorships for 127 out of the 137 orphans currently living at the orphanage. Additionally, Hope Now continues to sponsor 14 orphan graduates as they pursue trade school or employment in local cities or villages. Through our faithful volunteers and church partnerships in Cherkasy, Ukraine, Hope Now has started a weekly Bible Study for teenage orphan graduates. Through this Bible Study, Hope now serves and mentors close to 20 at-risk teenagers. Hope Now's goal is to continue to develop their program to care for teenage orphan graduates. In early 2019, Hope Now will open a Pre-Indpendence Home for 10-12 orphan graduates who are in need of a nurturing environment as they pursue trade school or college. Our goal is to continue opening these homes to provide safe havens for orphan graduates.

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