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.
Our local volunteers also paid a visit to some of the children and young people in Cherven this month. Katya and Lisa travelled from Minsk to spend quality time with some of the groups. The older girls in particular love having the company and the chats. They have been visiting for a long time now and so have formed great bonds with them.
Our groups organised all sorts of activities for everyone, not as many outdoor opportunities as in our summer CARE camps but more than enough fun and games indoors to keep everyone entertained, with discos and parties a plenty. One of the most important jobs for our volunteers is to celebrate the childrens birthdays, and in winter these are even more special as the children wouldn’t get quite the same celebration and fuss made of them if the Irish aren’t visiting. So it’s fair to say there were smiles all round for our birthday boys and girls the past few weeks.
Thank you all.
Many hands make light work :)
Not only did we load the truck but it has already landed in Belarus, arriving to our HQ in Minsk just this week. Our crew were on hand ready to unload everything into storage where it will be further sorted and distributed over the next few months. These supplies will go to different places across Belarus; orphanages, asylums, old folks homes, hospices, day centers and some very needy families in rural areas.
One such story is about a family from Gomel, in the south east of Belarus. The Zhevnerov Family doesn't have much, but they have opened their hearts and their home to a young boy with special needs. Not only have they welcomed Alosha into their family but they strive to help others too. They regularly help a group of young people in an independent living house for young people with disabilities outside Gomel.
The family reached out to us as Olga, a young woman living there was in need of a chair that would help her be more independent. The donation of an electric wheelchair from Ireland has changed Olgas life and they were all extremely grateful to all who made this possible:
“Your kind hearts, care and sincere desire to help have changed the life of a person I deeply care about for the better, and this is amazing! Freedom of movement is a priceless gift. Dear friends from Burren Chernobyl Project and the Dobra Tut Charity Fund, you have reassured us that there is good in people and that the good always wins. Thanks a million again!!!”
Our building programme is constantly active, with many little projects popping up throughout the year. Some smaller electrical and plumbing projects in Yazovki and Tarasiki adult asylums have been keeping Yuri busy recently. There has also been fantastic progress made on the independent living house in Gorodishche during the winter months. This work was made possible by the incredible generosity of our volunteers who raised the funds for the completion of the project. Liam visited this week and saw the great work being done, the young people who will be living in it are getting very excited seeing this dream come to life.
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