In 2018 over 150 volunteers travelled to Belarus to part-take in CARE Camps in both Cherven and Gorodishche Orphanages. It was one of our busiest years to date and the momentum of the past few years is showing no signs of letting up with 2019 shaping up to be yet another very busy year for Burren Chernobyl Project.
CARE camps is our largest volunteer programme at the moment. Realising and understanding the basic human needs of interaction, camaraderie, sensory stimulation, conversation, all the things we take for granted and taking action has brought the quality of life of these children forward leaps and bounds.
Most recently, Bridget Noonan and Deirdre Delaney from Laois have just returned from Belarus having spent this past week in Gorodishche. Visiting the children outside of summer months is a very different experience as often the weather can be cold and activities are confined to indoors. This didn't stop our volunteers from having a fun filled, jam-packed week. From spending quality time in all the groups to organising different activities there was fun for all and smiles all round. The older girls were delighted to showcase some of their beautiful embroidery work which our volunteers were very impressed with!
Well done and thank you to our volunteers for creating such special memories for our dear friends. Memories they will cherish. <3