We have all been watching what's happening in Ireland and across the world unfold each day. The dynamics are constantly changing and we are facing unprecedented times.
This unfortunately is also true for Belarus. As the situation gets more serious, so too does the need for strict and rapid measures to keep everyone safe. Many of the people we work with are the most vulnerable in society and therefore need extra protection and help.
We hope you are keeping well at this strange and uncertain time. It's a particlarly challenging time for charities as the new restrictions on public gatherings mean all our planned spring and summer fundraisers will not be able to go ahead, including churchgate collections, cycles etc. We are holding an online appeal instead for help with the continuous running costs and expenses of our programmes and also to help with extra items that are needed in these difficult times.
Due to the ever evolving situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in recent days the Belarusian Authorities have announced that all orphanages and adult asylums are under quarantine and therefore closed to outside visitors.
There’s no rest for the wicked they say. Well we certainly hit the ground running this year. We’re only one month into 2020 and there's already been so much going on. January has been a very busy and productive month for us both in Ireland and in Belarus. From volunteer groups to truck loads and everything in between, here are just a few of the highlights from the past few weeks.
Have you ever wanted a piece of art or a handwritten quote from a famous celebrity or artist? Well the people of Bandon attending a book launch in Bandon Grammar School recently were in for a treat. There was some fantastic artwork on display and some very big names from design, film, sport and TV were involved. The best part of it all, was the money raised for BCP's projects in Belarus.