Charity Foundation Dobra Tut, Belarus

The summer ends but the work goes on!

The young ladies from Ireland - Hazel , Bridget, Tina, Sharon, Niamh, Lisa and Maria, the Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers had a fabulous week from the 3.08 to 9.08 in Gorodische children’s orphanage.

The girls were doing lots of exciting things with the children:

-          made а trip – with the Group 7 girls went on the local bus and ate lunch out.

-          and a trip to the Fire station and local museum in Baranovichi with the other children

-          Spent time with all groups giving sweets and spending time with those who could not be out of bed.

-          Football and discos with group 2 in the evening.  Sandwiches, sweets and drinks afterwards.

-          Group 3 got plenty of attention with massage, bubbles and chocolate.

-           Group 4 enjoyed marshmallows and one on one time.

-          Group 5 put on a wonderful show for the Irish.

-          The girls had a water games competition with group 6 …it ended in a draw!

-          Volunteers hosted a lunch for the girls in group 7 as a thank you.

-          A trip was also made to the graveyard and all graves were marked with sunflowers.

 

So the week went really fast and the all the girls apart from Maria Carr went back to Ireland.

Maria made her way to Cherven children’s orphanage on Monday the 11th where she was joined by another Burren Chernobyl volunteer Alan Bedford.

The week was very intense too!

They went around most of the Units, playing with children in beds, devoting their time to Unit 7 which is the most profound one, organized lots of different events:

-          A trip to the local cinema for Units 8,9,10, 11 altogether there were 90 children on the outing! They enjoyed the cartoon and later juice, chocolate and waffles.  Those children that didn’t get to go got the party bags done by Alan and Maria.

-          A trip for the big girls in wheelchairs from Unit 3 – they took 8 girls with the help of some young boys and girls to help wheeling. Everyone enjoyed the ice-cream and juices in this lovely sunny weather!

-          Unfortunately the outside disco was cancelled because of the rain but it didn’t spoil the fun! Maria and Alan got a new stereo system for the orphanage, so all the dancing was happening inside accompanied by ice-cream and soft drinks again!

The volunteers also got lots of different things for different groups: brought toys, bubbles, sweets, clothes, bought coloured paper for decoration, etc.

The time was unbearably fast, but the 2 of them are on the way to Gorodische again followed by another lovely group that is arriving this evening.

We’ll fill you in with news when we hear back from them!

Thanks very much from the bottom of our hearts for all your help and you devotion!

Can’t wait to see you again next year!

More Wonderful Moments!

Summer of 2014 keeps the working tempo going! Burren Chernobyl Volunteers keep coming and 
 
going in Both Cherven and Gorodishche bringing more smiles for the children in both institutions. 
 
The two ladies Julie Pipe and Jennifer McMahon continued their brilliant work in Cherven Children’s 
 
Orphanage, spending their time in all eleven groups, trying not to leave anyone out. The two ladies 
 
bought lots of books, stationery, toys, etc. Gemma Desmond’s group joined them on Wednesday 9th
 
July to bring more fun! Together they have organized fantastic parties for the groups of big girls and 
 
boys, and also for the smaller active kids from Unit 4 who were brought lots of treats. The volunteers 
 
have not forgotten the medical needs of the children either and have donated 13,000,000 towards 
 
this.
 
From Cherven the group moved on to Gorodishche Children’s Orphanage where they had lots of fun, 
 
too, organizing picnics, parties and outings. The group helped putting the green house together, they 
 
purchased catheters and shower trays, and also bought lots of music speakers for the big boys and 
 
girls, surely treats as well!
 
Last week, Rosie Byrne’s group arrived to join the fun in Gorodishche. No need to say how happy the 
 
kids were to see these regular visitors!
 
Several groups who visited this year have supported the orphanage in Gordishche by providing 
 
50,000,000 (50 million) roubles to help purchase a badly needed vehicle for transporting foodstuffs, 
 
and for other necessary travel for the children.
 
We are all saying a big thanks to all who help make a difference for these children and who make 
 
them happy and smile! That is the best thing one can do!
 
 A million thanks – or maybe 50 million!

As the summer goes on

Both orphanages – Gorodische and Cherven were busy last week welcoming groups of Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers. Gorodische was happy to see teaching students from Ireland and Cherven – the medical team.

Both teams did really well.

Gorodische was having lots of fun with games, parties, outings, football matches, etc.

Cherven team was busy repairing wheelchairs, visiting families in the local community, meeting new people through Hospice, going around places providing support.

The week was very productive and positive.

We thank both teams very much for all their fantastic help! Well done!

Alice Donnelly’s team in Gorodische

Today we said good bye to another lovely group of Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers. 8 students – lads and girls had an amazing experience with the children from Gorodische children’s orphanage. It was Alice’s second trip to Belarus and the first trip ever for the rest of the team. But they did really well.

Certainly the routine was quite the same as with all the Irish groups: they helped looking after the children in beds, organized games for active kids, picnics, little parties with ice cream, took some children to town for an outing, played football with older boys and girls. Fantastic, unbelievable time.

Of course they’ve helped by purchasing different stuff: bought mattress covers for more than 6 000 000 rubles, transparent plastic for their green house at about 2 000 000 rubles. Also supported a local family where the parents look after a special needs child, bought a nice dress for a young lady that is going to be transferred to an adult instituting in the near time.

And as always on the last day there were lots of tears. The farewell was too emotional, but we are sure we’ll meet them again very soon as the group really loved their time in the orphanage!

We thank you all for your fantastic contribution into making a difference for these children! Well done!

April Humanitarian Aid delivered

Our latest container of Humanitarian Aid has arrived to Minsk in April and been unloaded into the Dobra Tut warehouse in Minsk. The office in Minsk has received very many letters over the past weeks from orphanages and individual families, and from Social Service Centres throughout Belarus requesting aid. The container was loaded in Ennistymon in Ireland on March 15th Schenker Firm. This load contains lots of clothes, shoes, pampers, walking aids, wheelchairs and toys. The aid has been distributed according to the distribution plan that was confirmed with Burren Chernobyl Project and the Department Humanitarian Aid. A full list of institutions and Centers and the aid is listed in our REPORT section so one can see where exactly the things from the truck went to.

Thanks to all who helped with the loading- and to those who helped with the unloading in Minsk, to the ladies in Dobra tut office for all the paper work and helping the organizations to pick up the aid.

Liam O'Meara

Rose and the crew

Last week in Gorodische was an exciting week, a busy week, a happy week for the children and surely for the volunteers!

Rose and her lovely group of young lads and girls from Ireland had a wonderful time in Gorodische children’s orphanage. Lots was done, lots of smiles, lots of happiness. For some of the volunteers it was the unique experience as it was their first time in Belarus and first time in an orphanage at all. But they managed! They did a great work playing with children, organizing picnics, outings to the local school museum, organized soccer matches every evening, spent time going around all the units with yogurts and sweets and other pleasant surprises for the children.

Unbelievable time. And they promised to be back, and we believe them as their eyes cannot lie.

We thank you very much for your support and the time you have given to the children. And surely as always we are all looking forward to seeing you back again soon!

Gaelcholáiste Ennis in Gorodishche May 22nd

They were a Marvellous Group!
 
We worried a little that they might be too young to visit the orphanage; we feared a little that 
someone might even want to go home; we wondered had we them prepared enough; and we kept 
a close eye to see how these young transition year students would react when first they arrived into 
the groups in Gorodishche.
 
Now we can only say they were marvellous! In Group 3 with very ill children our Transition Year 
students were at home; they took to the children straight away, picked them up and played with
each and every little one so that all received attention and care. And they were moved by the 
experience of the very special ones like little Adam in the corner.
 
Near the end of the week, one of the students said to another,
 ‘Let’s go and say good bye to Group 3.’
‘I am not ready to say good bye!’ was the reply. 
And even though they have gone back to Ennis, it is not good bye. It is, as we say in Irish, only ‘slán 
tamall’ or bye for a while – until we meet again! And I have no doubt they will be back.
 
Thanks to the parents and teachers and all the wonderful, caring students themselves . It was a wonderful week!
 
Liam O’Meara

The roof is up!

6 days at the end of May in Yazovki village in Cherven psycho neurological asylum were very successful.

4 lads from Ireland, co. Offaly did a fantastic job on the project – house for independent living on site of the asylum. Billy, Liam, Declan and Tony were working very hard, fast and super professional on the roof of the house that is sponsored by Edel Smith, Co. Clare. The lads continued work and made an amazing contribution to the building.

The time really flew but everyone in the asylum from the residents to the workers of the institution loved their company and their humor and a very friendly atmosphere that they brought in with them. We miss the all now, especially the two lads – Sasha and Grisha – who reside in Yazovki and who were of a great help to the volunteers.

We thank you very much again from the bottom of our hearts for the great week and a fantastic work! Looking forward to seeing you back again soon!

We thank for support by purchasing onions

Dear friends, we express our gratitude to those who helped by purchasing onions for the adult asylums’ gardens.

Today we particularly thank Natalia, Vladimir, Marianna, Katerina, Yulia!!! We appreciate your kind-heartedness and your support!

130 kg of onions that we bought with your help were distributed among the following asylums: Cherven psycho-neurological asylum, village Yazovki, Stolbtsy psycho-neurological asylum, village Kul, Svir psycho-neurological asylum.

We say big thanks again to all of you!

Headstones

"For the past couple of years we have been sometimes here and sometimes back in Ireland when little ones have passed on. There are a number of little graves in Cherven and in Gorodishche that do not have a a permanent headstone over the graves of the children and we are now in the process of looking after each grave. In the past we have managed to mark every resting place with a nice cross but we may not have the funds for that now – so we are looking at a smaller but permanent stone marker. In Cherven Children’s plot where several of the children who visited Ireland over the years now lie, there are twelve small graves needing attention.

The little wooden crosses do not last very long so it would be great to have a more permanent headstone for the children.

In Gorodishche there are also four graves without a permanent headstone and we are looking at having this done over the coming months. At the moment I am investigating prices of the total cost.

Thanks to all those who have shown interest in this task and to those who have already made a donation towards the costs involved".

Liam O'Meara

Busy April

April is already gone and we are happy to share the news of the last month.

It was really busy! Several orphanages welcomed volunteers from Burren Chernobyl project and not only.

One of the Burren Chernobyl Project representatives Brian O’Sullivan visited Cherven children’s orphanage, some families in Cherven area and also took part in the Conference on social issues that took place in Minsk along with Liam O’Meara – The director of our Charity and of BCP and Simon Walsh – the director of our partner’s organization Chernobyl Children’s Trust. Brian has donated some medical stuff, some of the little bits and pieces like kettles, a blender and a microwave oven for the orphanage.

Gorodische Children’s orphanage also welcomed a group of 4 Irish volunteers that came over to Belarus for the first time. They’ve been helping with looking after the children in beds, did massage, organized sport games for the older boys and girls, organized little parties in every Unit with plenty of sweet and drinks and yogurts and fruit. They really enjoyed the time and are hoping to come back again, hopefully in autumn.

Cherven psycho neurological asylum in Yazovki village was also happy to have a building team from Co. Offaly, Ireland. We have already informed you on that in details here.

And one last bit of news on the volunteer groups. Cherven children’s orphanage has opened their doors to a group of young people from different countries – Belarus, China, Northern Ireland, Germany, Spain, Malaysia, that temporary live or study in Minsk. The idea belongs to Simon Walsh – the Chernobyl Childern’s Trust director who has organized them to come and visit the orphanage and meet the children. The first visit was very impressive for all of them but some of them are coming back in May. Looking forward to it!

We say thank you very much from the bottom of our heart for your attention, help and your kind hearts. We are happy to have you!

First building week is over

First building week is over

The 5 lads from Co. Offaly, Ireland that came via Burren Chernobyl project to give a hand on a building project – House for independent living – made a fantastic start!

The volunteers have done an enormous job putting all the outside and inside walls together on the foundation. They were really fast and professional! And of course we say thanks a million on behalf of all involved into it!

By the time when next group of Irish volunteers come to Yazovki at the end of May, everything will be ready to do the roof!

Can’t wait to see the progress!

Well done to the lads! And hope to see you soon again!

Thank you very much again and again for your support!

First House for independent living!

A major project is underway in Yazovki Adult Institution as the building of a house for independent 
 
living gets underway. The project is the idea of Edel Smith from Doonbeg and she has been very busy 
 
over the past while fund-raising for the project.
 
Yuri Kruk, who is a building coordinator on the Belarusian side, has got everything organised over the winter – the foundations went down before 
 
the winter arrived – and now he has the blocks and materials in place as we await the arrival of the 
 
Gang from Offaly to come and do the blockwork.
 
On April 9th
 
now on site and tearing into the work.
 
 the Offaly Five arrived ready and eager for work. Noel, Jimmy, James, David and Pat are now on site and tearing into the work.
Vova who lives in Yazovki is ready and willing to help the Offaly lads when they arrive!
 
Another group of men are planning to come on May 22nd
 
lads to get the walls up in the next week and have the structure in place by then.
 
We will keep you posted on the progress!
 
By Liam O'Meara

 

Most recent news

So the “hot season” returns to our lives! First Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers opened the year in Gorodishce children’s orphanage in March having spent a wonderful week with the children and young adults.

First Irish volunteers are expected also in Cherven children’s orphanage this Sunday!

We also got a humanitarian aid truck from Ireland this week that is going through the procedure of registration in the Department of Humanitarian Aid. The results of the distribution regarding this Aid will be displayed in our REPORT section as well as other operations. By the way brand new information is to be found here.

And as always more detailed information on new projects and the work of our volunteers you can find on pages of our website. 

Report 2014

Volunteers of our partners – Burren Chernobyl Project and Chernobyl Children’s Trust provided the following help during 2014: 

Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers:

1)  Gorodische orphanage for children with special needs

Number of volunteers who visited the orphanage  - 89  people

Purchased goods on the territory of the Republic of Belarus at the total amount – 174 568 593  rubles. 

2) Cherven orphanage for children and young adults with special needs

 Number of volunteers who visited the orphanage  – 28  people.

Purchased goods on the territory of the Republic of Belarus at the total amount -142 986 470 rubles.

3) Cherven psycho neurological asylum, village Yazovki.

At the moment Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers work on the independent living house with supervision, at present the cost of the works and materials make – 864000000 rubles. Full report on the expenses will be provided when the project is finished. 

Chernobyl  Children`s Trust volunteers

Purchased for Stolbtsy psycho neurological asylumvillage Kul goods at the total amount of - 5 539 050 rubles

-for  Elsk social service centre, goods at the total amount of 6 519 100 rubles.

-Humanitarian aid delivered for Bobruisk association “Semia” (“Family”),

Gomel Organization «White dove»Dribin social service station and Slutsk baby orphanage got aid at the total amount -   950 278 500 rubles.

-Organized holidays for families from Gomel and Mogiliov regions who have special needs members in Children’s Republican health centre «Nadezhda», 46 people in total – 191 551 500 rubles.

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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