Charity Foundation Dobra Tut, Belarus

A successful comeback

After some break in autumn a group of Irish volunteers came to visit some places in Belarus from 20th to 27th of November. Supervised by Brian O’Sullivan, a medical director of Burren Chernobyl Project, the group spent a very busy and fantastic week in the country. The most important point of the week was Brian’s lecturing at the International conference on palliative care that was held in Minsk from 21st to 23d of November. He shared his experience in palliative rehab with the other participants of the conference from different countries, like South Africa, USA, UK, Russia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus.

Then the week brought them over to Cherven children’s orphanage, where our volunteers work very closely with the medical stuff. They have sponsored medications, brought lots of toys and stationary, makeup for girls in various units, also sponsored shoes for some girls in Unit 3. They have also purchased some antiflu meds for Cherven psycho- neurological asylum in village Yazovki.

Also the volunteers – Brian, Suzanne, Fiona – visited some families in the local community to support them in various aspects.

The visit was very productive and we can’t wait to see them here again! Thanks from everybody on Belarusian side for a fabulous week and a lovely company!!!

And the summer is gone

We must confess that our summer was mental but so nice! But unfortunately it came to an end and we are glad to share our news that we couldn't share as the time was extremely busy.

So let's start!

Group of Ronan Cullanan that have visited Cherven children's orphanage and Ivenets school for special needs children as well as some families with special needs children and young adults have done a fantastic job in all places! They have brought 2 specially made seats for boys Anton and Kolya — each seat worth 2 500 euro! The lads have also reviewed and repaired some of the wheelchairs in Cherven children's orphanage and those in some families, have supplied necessary dressings, catheters.

Group of Rowena Curran that have visited Gorodische and Cherven children'sorphanages from 17th to 28th July have dome mighty job as well:

  • The volunteers have played with the children in both places; have purchased clothes, shoes, and stationary.
  • organized disco and movie for the young adults from Cherven children's orphanage,
  • purchased linoleum and a CD player for some groups in Cherven.

Group of "Roche Pharmaceuticals" that have spent their time from 28.07 to 04.08 in Minsk have organized a week of holidays for a group of wheel-chaired children from Gorodische children's orphanage. The girls have spent a lovely week with the children providing the full sponsorship for their holidays including food, entertainment, accommodation and transport. The volunteers and the children had so much fun. They have visited the Zoo, went on a tour to see the night lights of Minsk, visited the Hill of Glory, and the National Airport Minsk 2 to see the exhibited planes. They have also taken part in a magician show and a clown show, organized parties with face paintings, lots of sweeties and bubbles and balloons.

Group of Ned Hayden have visited several orphanages from the 28.07 to 11.08: Cherven children's orphanage and Cherven adult asylum in village Yazovki and also Borisov adult asylum in village Tarasiki.

They have purchased honey for both Cherven children's and adult places, organized a disco in the local cinema for the older boys and girls and an outing to town for the girls in wheelchairs from Unit 3.

Spent a week in Tarasiki, have brought clothes for the adults and helped at arts and crafts workshop.

Group of Edel Smith was really busy from 11th to 18th of August.They have organized 3 trips to Minsk for the older boys' and girls' groups of Cherven children's orphanage, visited cinemas, amusement park, McDonald's. Have also visited families in Borisov and Cherven. Made a few trips to Ivenets special needs school, organized a magician show for the children of Ivenets, some outings to town with ice-cream and sweets.

Groups of Bernadette Queally, Laura Williams, Kathleen Lynch have spent their fantastic time in Gorodische children's orphanage in August. They have organized trips for the children to Novogrudok, visited Adam Mitskevich's museum and castle mounting there, have been to the Lake Svityaz, Mir castle, went to an exhibition of exotic butterflies in Baranovichi.

The volunteers have organized camping for the children outside the orphanage, took part in celebrating children's birthdays.

Also purchased some necessary things for the children like 50 matrasses, clothes, and shoes, stationary. Purchased yogurts and sweets for parties. Brought lots of toys and jewelry from Ireland.

Lots has been done, the summer was great! We thank all our volunteers that have made this summer for children and adults of our orphanages and asylums unforgettable!

We are looking forward to meeting you again and not only in summer but any time of the year!

With all our love and gratitude,
"Dobra tut" Fund

Volunteer week in Gorodische

Last week Gorodische children's orphanage opened their doors to a group of Irish volunteers. And again smiles, children's laughter, tons of happiness and fun.

Volunteers of Burren Chernobyl Project always bring lots of joy and happiness to the children of Gorodische. A group of 9 ladies sent their time with an incredible use: they helped looking after children in beds, played with more able children and every evening were playing football with older boys and girls.

They have also bought load of things: T-shirts, shorts, footwear, brought loads of toys and jewelry from Ireland, provided additional foodstuffs for Unit 2 and yogurts for most of the groups.

The week flew and the saying goodbye was very emotional. But we hope to see them again next year! Thanks you very much for an amazing week and lovely presents!

Humanitarian Aid from Burren Chernobyl Project


The Humanitarian aid that arrived to the Fund from Burren Chernobyl
Project in May is delivered according to the distribution plan.

Clothes, footwear, bed linen, blankets, wheelchairs, walking aid for special needs
people are gone not only to the orphanages and institutions but also to
social care centres. Detailed information can be found in the Report section.


Cherven and Gorodische welcome Irish volunteers

We are about to say good bye to 2 groups of Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers that have spent this week in Gorodische and Cherven children’s orphanages. The week was busy for both groups.

Gorodische group have put money on the orphanage account for current needs, purchased shorts, T-shirts, summer shoes, brought jewelry, toys from Ireland. Sure evening football matches were a good entertainment for the children, and yogurts for little ones were a nice treat!

Cherven group have also done a big job: purchased a T.V set, got glasses for the big boys, brought jewelry from Ireland for the big girls, purchased some stuff for arts and crafts, foodstuffs for the children’s kitchen. Organized a little party and a football match for the big boys and girls.

The time flew and it’s time for the Irish volunteers to go back home. But we are looking forward to new meetings and say thank a million for their help!

A lovely week in Cherven

We just said a farewell to Brian and Maria that have spent a week in Cherven children’s orphanage volunteering in different groups. The week was really very fruitful. Brian, one of the Directors of Burren Chernobyl Projects, has visited Belarussian Children’s hospital and a baby orphanage in Minsk to get some ideas how to improve the quality of life of the children in Cherven orphanage. Also they went to visit some of the families in the community and contributed a good amount of money to a family whose member is suffering from a very complicated disease.

But surely major work was done in Cherven children’s orphanage. Brian and Maria saw most of the children from nearly all 11 Units. The volunteers have spent some time with young adults having so much fun outside playing games, treating the children with ice-cream, etc. Also they have visited groups of severely disabled children, helping feeding them and playing with them.

It has been a fantastic week! We say thank you very much for a wonderful time and all your priceless help! No doubt we are looking forward to seeing you again soon!

We are celebrating!


This year became significant for both Burren Chernobyl Project and Charity Fund “Dobra tut”. Both organizations were celebrating their anniversaries: 20 years of Burren Chernobyl Project and 5 years of “Dobra tut”.

The event took place in April in Minsk. Honorable guests of the celebration were representatives of the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Department of Humanitarian Aid, the Social Service Committee of Minsk as well as the directors of the orphanages and asylums, social service centers and other organizations we have been working with for all these years.

Warm atmosphere, plenty of nice words, congratulations and words of gratitude were expressed to all the representatives and volunteers of Burren Chernobyl Project whose incredible work during these years have made a big difference to the people of Belarus. Special thanks went to Liam O’Meara who has become a link between the two countries and a well-known representative of Burren Chernobyl Project.

Official thank you letters to Burren Chernobyl Project were given by the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Department of Humanitarian Aid, the Social service committee and surely by the orphanages and asylums, social service centers and organizations. Workers of Charity Fund “Dobra tut” were also thanked for their work.

The guests were entertained by the group of Irish dancing “BassDance” and a blues band  “Bluesmobile”. Some well known people of the Belarusian cultural and music live also attended the celebration: Mariya and Mikhail Mitskevich – the relatives of a famous Belarusian poet Yakub Kolas, Oleg Homenko (folk band “Palats”), musicians of the rock band “ZM99” that were taking part in the charity rock concert “Dobry Fest”.

We thank everybody who was there with us that day, and those who couldn’t come for the celebrations but were there in their thoughts. Thanks a million to all of you!

We thank Jauhien

We would like to say thank you to Jauhien Buzouski for the money transferred to our account. It's going to be used for one of the orphanages needs. Surely the report will be one the way.

Thanks a lot!

Report on 2013

New volunteer season is open

The first Irish volunteers of Burren Chernobyl Project in Cherven this year were Ronan and Dervla. Young people came to visit
the children and helped in any way they could. Most of their time was spent in Unit 6 of Cherven children’s orphanage, they also visited Children’s Hospice in Minsk to share experience on children’s care and went to see some of the families with special needs children.

The volunteers have brought some toys and stationary, purchased a microwave and special dishes for one of the units in the orphanage. Altogether Ronan and Dervla spent 5 days in Cherven but that was a very productive and interesting time.

We thank you very much for your help, support and attention! Looking forward to seeing you soon again!

Happy St.Patrick's Day!


Our dearest Irish Partners, volunteers, friends, and simply everybody,

Charity “Dobra tut” is wishing you a happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!! Thanks for brining to the world this lovely day and thanks for being with us!!! Enjoy the celebration!

Humanitarian Aid reaches its destination


The Humanitarian Aid that Dobra Tut Fund received in January from our Irish partners Chernobyl Children’s Trust has been successfully delivered to its recipients.

According to the distribution plan the aid – nappies, washing powder, soap, clothes, footwear, toys, and also pieces of furniture such as beds and chairs, were distributed to the following social establishments:

  • Rakov psycho- neurological asylum,
  • Stolbtsy psycho- neurological asylum,
  • Kul Adult Orphanage, Svir psycho-neurological asylum,
  • Cherven psycho-neurological asylum,
  • the main organization of Zavodskoi district “BelAPDIiMI”, Minsk,
  • the “White dove over Chernobyl” organisation and
  • Dribin district social service center.

The total amount of the aid provided by the Irish organization is over 500 million Belarusian rubles.

From the bottom of our hearts we thank Chernobyl Children’s Trust, and all those who donated, and those whohelped with gathering, forming, organizing and transporting the aid! Your help is highly appreciated! Thanks a million on behalf of those who have received your aid!


St. Valentine’s day is an occasion to make a special present!

On St. Valentine’s Day pleasant things happen not only to the couples in love but also to those who are full of love, and those who need love like oxygen!

Company EPAM Systems  decided to organize an unusual fundraiser for one of the children’s orphanages that our Fund is helping. Workers got lovely presents and valentine cards made by boys and girls with special needs from the orphanage and as a thank you raised money for purchasing arts and crafts material for the orphanage’s workshop. Today 1 500 000 Belarusian rubles went on the charity account of the orphanage for the purpose mentioned above.

So that was a special day with special presents. We thank “EPAM” company, the organizers and each participant of the fundraiser from the bottom of our hearts! Thanks very much to all these loving and caring people! The kindest regards go to the author of the idea and the main organizer of the whole event Alena Hmelnitskaya – thank you very much for help and enthusiasm!

And here is the New Year!

Our dearest friends,
This very eventful and productive year is nearly over. There was a lot of work done, lots of meetings, and pleasant moments. We have made new friends, got some new ideas. Now it’s not the time to talk about reports and figures, after all you can check on them in our Reports section. Now we are going to wish you all the best for the New Year.

First of all “Dobra tut” Charity wishes all the best to the residents and the workers of the institutions we cooperate with: these are orphanages for special needs children and young adults in Gorodische, Cherven, Ivenets, psycho- neurological asylums for adults in Stolbtsy (Kul village), Svir, Cherven, Rakov, Kopyl, and also the families we have helped. Our most genuine and warm wishes go to those who have supported the Fund: our donators, volunteers and helpers. Thanks a million for having been with us this year! We hope we will continue our productive cooperation in the New Year. Wishing you good luck and prosperity!

Our special wishes are also going to Ireland to our partners and all volunteers of Burren Chernobyl Project and Chernobyl Children’s Trust. So much wouldn’t have happened without your priceless help. Wish you lots of energy, success in all you do, new ideas and achievements!

We send you all our love and appreciation!
May all your dreams come true!
Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Dearest friends,

Another fruitful year has passed by and we are back to the most wonderful time – Christmas day!
It’s the time of presents, warm words and making wishes.

So on behalf of all of us in “Dobra tut” Fund we would like to wish you all – our partners Burren Chernobyl Project, Chernobyl Children’s Trust, our Belarusian donators and helpers (there’s a lot of them, but we remember all) all the very best for the coming year. May all your dreams come true! We are happy to have friends like you and to have this wonderful possibility to help others and to make a difference in lives of those who need it.

Thanks a million for being with us this year and we are looking forward to further greater achievements!

With all our Love,
Charity Fund “Dobra tut”

Charity Fund "Dobra tut" is the organization whose main priority is to support financially and materially some of the orphanages in Belarus and also involve volunteers into work with the children and adults.

You can support our projects by transferring money to our account, or become a volunteer and help the children and adults directly. On our website we provide you with the full report on the work of our Fund.

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