As many of you know, 2023 marked 30 years of Burren Chernobyl Project. To mark this milestone we took on the challenge of completing 30 projects during the year.
We've updated you on some but are delighted to announce that with your support we achieved our goal, surpassed it in fact with many other requests popping up throughout the year that we managed to accommodate.
We've posted about some of the projects previously - the Frunzenskaya Flats, the Cherven Summer Camp and the Yazovki renovations but here's the full list of projects completed in 2023 for a better picture of the scale of the impact of your support.
Various medical ezuipment and supplies were purchased for many institutions including:
Our wheelchair wizard Sean visited Cherven Orphanage and several of our friends in the community to fix, adjust and make specialised wheelchairs.
We sourced and purchased some of the equipment needed but no matter what we get we'd be lost without his wealth of knowledge and skill.
Thank you Sean for your skill, knowledge, work ethic and compassion. You've improved the quality of life for scores of children, young people and adults.
Holidays in Minsk
Building and repairs
A special word of thanks to Yura for all his efforts with these projects.
Humanitarian Aid Trucks
Despite the challenges we face currently in sending aid to Belarus we still managed to send 3 shipments of aid in the year. We had so much aid in the form of clothing, incontinence wear etc. We were delighted to send them to Ukraine where it was needed and was so graciously received.
The loads on these shipments were a backup of previous collections.
A huge thanks to the loaders and drivers.
Unfortunately we are not in a position to collect anything further at the moment.
In the community
A taste of summer
Some of our committee members travelled during the summer to spend time with the children and young adults in Gorodishche and Cherven. Trips to the lake, picnics, discos, football, massage, music therapy and lots of ice-creams for all! It was great to see a spark of joy and excitement after such a long pause of our volunteer programme. While we aren't up and running just yet it was wonderful see the Irish spark reignited in the eyes of all our dear friends.
A special mention to Don and Joanne O'Sullivan who spent part of their year long volunteering journey in Belarus and without whom several of these project wouldn't have happened.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh.