2019 has been another very busy year, with over 120 volunteers travelling to Belarus.
We've had CARE Camps running all year long with volunteers visiting every month of the year.
Summer of course is a particularly bright and busy season and each year it extends making the winter shorter for our dear friends in Cherven and Gorodishche.
"I'm just back from Gorodishche volunteering with my school St. Mary’s Arklow and I just want to say that I had such an amazing experience spending my time with the children and it has really made me want to do so much more charity work and I now know how important it is to fundraise to help them reach their full potential! I didn’t realise how quickly you could form such a bond with the children and young adults and it really has made me see things in a different light and what actually matters💚 I am so grateful for the opportunity that this charity has given me and I can’t wait to travel out again as soon as possible to again experience what has become a huge part of my life."
Each CARE Camp is unique, but they all bring something special and important to the lives of our friends in Belarus. Simply by being there to hold a hand or sit by a bed, to sing a song, give a hug, push a swing, throw a ball, all of these little moments are precious moments, creating memories, developing friendships, stimulating the mind, getting the body moving, getting sunshine and fresh air into the lungs. The groups organise a variety of activities catering to all abilities and needs. Simple sensory play and massage for those bed bound can bring such joy to those little faces, handmade sensory toys with colours, lights, textures, and sounds are like whole new worlds of wonder. Massages improve circulation and of course when finished with a brand new pair of socks, who wouldn't be smiling!
When the weather allows, our volunteers do as many outdoor activities as possible, bringing those in wheelchairs and those mobile out for walks, getting the bodies moving with simple games and activities, outdoor discos, games of volleyball, soccer, you name it! Art, music and baking are firm favourites also.
We also had our physio volunteers working with some of the children in Gorodishche using the standing frames kindly donated by people in Ireland, checking on those who had been introduced into the physio program last year and also getting some younger children started on the program. Working together with the staff and a local doctor to ensure the continued success and expansion of the project. These standing frames have many physical and emotional health benefits for the children who are bed-bound and so it's fantastic to see it in action and everyone embracing it.
Thank you also to our volunteers who do trojan work here in Ireland.
Thank you for your continued support without which we'd be lost.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh!
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