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The bell rings and school’s out! In Ukraine, there’s even a ceremony to celebrate the last bell of the school year – the Last Bell Ceremony. For most kids, this begins the freedom and play of summer.

But for graduating orphans, that same bell marks the beginning of life alone, against nearly impossible odds.

After the traumas inflicted by their birth families, orphans endure years of institutional life. Then, as young teenagers entering secondary trade schools, they’re usually assigned to study a useless trade for a few years. After this, they’re discouraged and on their own, completely unprepared for the challenges of independent life.

On the other side of the graduation ceremony, there are people glad to receive them. The staff of Last Bell Ministries offers these vulnerable young people a loving, supportive community with mentorship, advocacy, and practical help.

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