Charity Foundation Dobra Tut, Belarus

New summer season for Irish volunteers

ВThe volunteer summer 2012 started for both orphanages in Cherven and Gorodische. These orphanages open their doors to new groups of Irish people to come and see the children again.

Cherven orphanage is welcoming a huge group of girls that arrived on the 30th of May. Part of them  is gone home today, tired but happy. During 10 days the girls have done a big job: went to meet all the children in all units. Brought out some stuff from Ireland: closes, toys, some stationary. They have also got lots of medications for the children on 400 euro. The group has also managed to bring 4 units of big boys and girls to the local cinema in Cherven where kids had really good time. The children in chairs have also got a chance to go out into town for ice-cream and a good walk.

From the bottom of our hearts we say thank you very much, and look forward to seeing you again next year!

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Message from Irina to all Irish friends

Dear friends,
It’s hard to say how grateful I am for your precious support!

In this difficult moment of my life I would like to say thank to all of you who was there with me in the hardest time in my life. All you words, you calls, your love and sympathy is priceless! I thank all of you and each one of you! It’s impossible to express what I feel, but without your support I’d be lost.

Thanks again to everyone who was there for me and who remembered me and my family.

I send my love to all of you!
Thank you!!!

Humanitarian aid truck from Ireland


On the 3d of May our Fund has got a truck with humanitarian aid provided by Burren Chernobyl Project. This time the aid consisted of clothes, shoes, toys, plastic containers, nappies for adults, linen, toiletries, wheelchairs, special needs equipment, sewing machines.

According to the distribution plan this aid is going to:

  • Cherven orphanage for children and young adults with special needs,
  • Cherven psycho-neurological asylum, village Yazovki
  • Svir psycho-neurological asylum,
  • Rakov social-medical institution,
  • Kopyl psycho-neurological asylum,
  • Borisov psycho-neurological asylum, village, Tarasiki
  • Territorial social services in Smolevichi, Social service of Leninksyi district, Minsk.

On Behalf of all residents of these asylums we thank our dearest Irish friends, all those who help gathering this aid! Thank you so much for your endlessly kind hearts!

Busy week


Last week for a group of Irish volunteers that came to help out in Cherven children orphanage was really busy. 3 guys did a lot of work: went around all units, met children and carers and organized some interesting events. During the week they have been taking the children to multi-sensory room, took several groups of bigger boys and girls to the local cinema in Cherven to watch a new version of a famous Russian fairy-tale, organized session of body art with bigger girls. The guys purchased food stuffs for the children’s’ household, got lots of CDs and a karaoke CD for bigger boys and girls, pair of new shoes for a girl from unit 3, beads and décor material for arts and crafts and also lots of sweets!

The most outstanding thing that the guys experienced was the interview re St.Patrick’s Day that was taken in Minsk. Bev and Joe did really well in it and sure celebrating St.Patrick’s Day on Saturday became a good treat for the hard work!

We thank you very much for your great work and help and miss you already!

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Happy St.Patrick's Day!!!


From the bottom of our hearts Fund "Dobra tut" wishes happy St. Patrick's Day! Special wishes goes to our most precious and wonderful friends: Burren Chernobyl Project, our partner organization "Chernobyl Children's Trust" and all people of an amazing country -- Ireland!!! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

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Big Job done!

We are happy to announce that little Sergei Grishin and his Irish friend Graham Bruton got discharged last week from the rehab center near Minsk. Graham followed the child back to Ivenets school where little boy keeps getting medical and other support in walking practice.
Needless to say it was a big success. Sergei got very good after surgery treatment. The medical stuff and the people that the boy and Graham were staying with were very friendly. During these 3 weeks in the rehab Graham never left Sergei, giving him all the necessary care and his love. Graham has been a true parent for the child and the mothers that they were staying with were amazed how good Graham treated the child.

Now Sergei got stronger and healthier. And we all hope that soon we will see him walking independently.

Well done to both of them! We would like to say Special Thanks to Graham for being so good to the child and giving him a chance to improve his life and for being so caring and helpful!

We also thank the medical people who made the surgery and after care possible for the child!

Now Graham stays in Cherven with a group of Irish volunteers who came for a week to help out in the orphanage. We’ll keep you updated!

New chapter in Sergei and Graham’s story

This week is full of events for Sergei and Graham. On Monday the 13th the boys went back to the orthopedic clinic in Minsk where Sergei had his cast removed and got new splints. Next day they were transferred to a rehab center Aksakovschina for post operational period near Minsk. In two days they managed to make new friends and do a lot. Sergei’s prescribed lots of physiotherapy and other medical care stuff to make him better. The boy already made his first steps – proper steps. We all hope it’ll help the boy to get used to his new life.

And again it’s needless to say that it’s due to Graham that it’s all happening to the child. Graham give him best care and sure they both enjoy the company of each other and their nice neighbours!

Graham's Chronicles of Ivenets

Let me tell you about a little boy named Sergei Grishin, a 7 year old Orphan living in Ivenets school for children with special needs. I first met Sergei last August when I travelled to Cherven orphanage as a general volunteer with The Burren Chernobyl Project, which is where he was living at the time.

Sergei is one of 7 children and has a twin brother, he is not aware of this as they are living in different Orphanages in Belarus. His Mother & Father are alive but are unable or unwilling to care for him, or his siblings. Back home in Ireland this would be considered a devastating story, unfortunately here in Belarus its an all too familiar one.

He is an autistic child, as far as I am aware from speaking to other Volunteers and Staff from the Orphanage it was far more severe just a couple of years ago and has improved in time with the help of Dr. Maria Kolesnik in Cherven Orphanage who has done a lot for him. He is unable to speak and has no direct form of communication to others, although it can be a misconception to think he is not intelligent. From being around him, I have noticed the concentration in his eyes, when he is looking around the room, he is taking note of everything that he can see.

A carer from Cherven Orphanage had filled me in on everything. She told me about his walking, Sergei loves to walk but can only do so if you hold his hands for support. She told me that in her knowledge, he can probably walk if he has surgery. I didn't need to think about this, how good would it feel to see that kid walk and know I had a part in it? As soon as I arrived home in Ireland last August, we got to work. First thing we needed to do, was arrange for Ivenets to take him to the Orthopedic Clinic in Minsk for a consultation. The specialists in the clinic had confirmed that he was suitable for a Tendon Release and that would make his situation much better. They confirmed his Surgery date to be 9th of January.

So 5 months have past, and here we are, in the School that Sergei lives. He has had surgery almost 2 weeks ago and now, I haven't noticed him so happy as he is these days. Even with two heavy plaster casts on his legs, he has turned it into fun, using them as drums at times. I am so pleased with the School he is staying in, Staff & Directors here show a genuine love to the eighty something kids that live here. They make great use out of their facilities they have which is wonderful. We are here now until February 13th, when we return to the Orthopedic Clinic in Minsk to have the casts removed. We will then spend a few weeks in a Rehabilitation Centre & return to Ivenets, where they will continue physiotherapy and such.

This is my story so far, I have been here in Belarus only 3 weeks, but a lot has happened and I'm excited to see what the next few weeks hold. There is nothing more rewarding then helping others, and there are many children in Belarus who need help, and all over the world. Have you got Experience? The Language? If you do, Great!! But these are not the things you need to be a General Volunteer, you need Heart & Soul, Strength and the ability to connect with the children. Everything else will come to you, sure, there are things I have needed to do that I have never done before, but the people here teach me new things every day and I appreciate that greatly. So if you are interested to do something like this, I say follow your heart and go for it!

A big thanks to all the team at Dobra tut / Burren Chernobyl who have supported me, especially Liam O'Meara & Alena Martsyanava who have made this trip possible & of course to everyone at home who has supported me, without your support I could not be here doing this.

Graham Bruton

Winter holidays


We’ve been waiting for this time to come. And it came. The children from Gorodische orphanage for children and young adults with special needs have visited us here in Minsk again. We decided to invite them again. Our house stood empty a long time without their laughter and funny chats. We didn’t have that much time – and the week flew really fast. We did a lot together: went to circus, Zoo, 3D cinema, Yakub Kolas Museum. We watched the hockey match in Minsk-Arena, took a walk along lit-up streets in Minsk in the evening time.

The cultural programme was very versatile: the children watched “Tommelise”, have seen the show of a musical band “Horoshki”. But apparently the busy programme was not the most important for them. This feeling of home, real home that they had here due to the carers and us, was the most needed for the children and that’s what they miss in the orphanage.

And as always the hardest part of the week was to say good bye. This good bye seems to be until next summer. We all, children and adults, will be looking forward to meeting again. We miss your kind hearts, your bright and starlight eyes, endless questions and warm hugs.

We say big thanks to Veronika and Alona – the carers from the orphanage- it’s very pleasant and comfortable to work with you! Big thanks to Burren Chernobyl Project who provided sponsorship for organizing a real holiday for these children!

Tamara Bukhteeva

Another lovely week in Cherven

Another lovely week in Cherven

On Sunday morning the visit of a group of Irish volunteers finished. The 3 girls went home happy: they had an amazing week in Cherven orphanage. The girls came for a week to help with looking after children and provide necessary support. They have worked mainly in unit 6 of the orphanage, but didn’t leave without attention the isolation unit, and all other groups.

They have managed to get lots of toys for unit 2, put money on the charity account of the orphanage money for stationary and medication.

There were some home visits too. Little girl Masha in Smilovichi got a mini bath and toys to play with water.

We thank you very much for a very fruitful week and lots of joy that you have brought to the children!!!
Looking forward to seeing you again!

Graham follows Sergei back to Ivenets

Today the two of them: Sergei and Graham were discharged from the orthopedic clinic in Minsk. The mini van has come to collect them and bring them back to Ivenets school where Sergei will stay another month until he goes back to the clinic to have the casts removed.

Last two days (or better say) two nights were the most difficult for Graham as a carer, because after the operation the child was a bit disturbed, but the nursing staff was there to help the boy to relief the pain. Graham was very happy to hear that Sergei did very well, even better than the doctors expected, that’s why they had very short time in the hospital.

Needless to say that all the people in the hospital: doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and the mothers that accompany their children in the hospital were very nice to little boy Sergei and sure to Graham, the one (as they said) that is more than a father to a child.

Amazing was the fact that everyone said thank you to Graham for looking after Sergei, because it’s so rare in Belarus that someone strange is so fond of a child to take such a good care of him. They couldn’t believe that a young lad from a foreign country could come and do this for the little boy. They all say thanks on behalf of the people who genuinely care.

Now we are wishing good luck to Graham in Ivenets school!

Their story started!

Today was one of the days when one can name as a day that turned somebody’s life forever.

Little boy Sergei Grishin, a 7 year old orphan from Ivenets boarding school for children with special needs in Minsk region, Belarus, has had an orthopedic surgery today. This little angel was brave. But… But it would never have happened if in his life there was no wonderful people. One of them and the most important now for him is an Irish volunteer Graham Bruton. They met in August 2011 in Cherven orphanage when Graham came there with Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers. It was his first visit to Belarus as a volunteer and first experience ever with special needs children. Actually, it’s very hard to take everything in on the first visit. But Graham did brilliantly on that trip and he found his child – little Sergei that came into Graham’s heart and stayed there and will stay there always.
Sergei had to have a surgery to help him start walking properly and one of the best orthopedic clinic in Minsk welcomed the child for an operation. Graham was ready to look after the child during surgery and after it, in clinic and in the rehab centre where the child will go soon and sure he will keep looking after Sergei a while in school too.

Today was a hard day. Surgery was tough for both of them. Hard on little fellow and even harder on Graham, because all he could do today was sitting and worrying and praying for all to do well. Thank to the highly professional doctors the surgery was very successful!

Now both of them are in the hospital resting.

And we are all sending our kindest thoughts to them!

New posts on their progress will come up soon. You can follow them either on our official website or Facebook page. There will be more soon!

Merry Christmas to you

Our dear friends!

This lovely time in Belarus is full of gratitude. We would like to send you best wishes on Christmas day from the bottom of our hearts. These wishes are from all of us – workers of “Dobra tut”, children from the orphanages and residents of asylums – these are wishes to those people who help make a big difference this year. We thank our dearest friends and partners – Burren Chernobyl Project, their volunteers and everyone who was involved into fundraising for Belarussian children and adults living in the orphanages and families of Belarus.  We also thank our partners Chernobyl Children’s Trust and ASSOCIAZIONE PROGETTO CERNOBYL for their hard work and amazing results!

We thank you very much for your kindest hearts, your generosity, your interest and involvement. And surely your love.

A lot of work has been done this year and all thank to you.

So let us all hope for another fruitful year!

May God keep you in His palm until we meet again!

Good luck and prosperity to you and your families!

Merry Christmas

One more intensive working week

From 27th of November up to 4th of December Cherven children orphanage welcomed 2 Irish volunteers, Katie and Antoinette. Although it was only 2 of them but they did the work of 5! They have done a lot of work, taking possibly all the children of unit 6 to the multisensory room, playing with them, looking after as many as they could. Help of Irish volunteers is very important in the orphanage as the kids need a lot of attention and individual care. And surely it’s always very pleasant for the kids to be looked after by truly loving people!

During the week the girls visited families with special needs children and young adults that our project is keeping in touch constantly.

We say thank you very much for all the work that you have done, for your kind and caring hearts and love to our children! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Aid from our partners

Recently our Charity Fund has got a new humanitarian aid load from our Irish partners “Chernobyl Children’s Trust”. Permission to distribute the aid has already come from the Department of Humanitarian Aids and the recipients of help are (according to the distribution plan):

  • Pukhovichi development and rehabilitation centre
  • Socially unprotected families
  • Psycho-neurological asylums for special needs adults in Kul and Rakov
  • Day care centre for special needs children and young adults in Zavodskoi district, Minsk, and social organization for special needs children and young adults “BelAPDIi MI”
  • Slutsk baby orphanage
  • Families who have special needs children united by organization “Osobyi mir”.

Last week we welcomed Chernobyl Children’s Trust directors who came on a visit to Minsk to define future plans of cooperation for year 2012.

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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