In June of 2011, the President of Belarus passed a decree that due to the economic crisis, all children living in orphanages throughout the Republic, that have parents or relatives, must return to their families regardless of the living conditions, abusive circumstances or neglect. This had an immediate impact on 50% of the children living in the Chausy Orphanage.
Canadian Aid for Chernobyl took immediate action to plea to the Government to pass a law that would allow children living in dangerous or abusive situations to be “sponsored” by Canadians to return to the safe environment of the Chausy Orphanage. This request was approved and made law in early August 2011!
This is the first “foreign” agreement for sponsorship of children living in an orphanage in the history of Belarus! We have identified and safely returned 83 children over the past 4 school years. Canadian Aid for Chernobyl negotiated with several Ministries (Education, Health and Social Services) as well as local authorities and agreed upon several terms and conditions. It has now been recognized at all levels of government that there still exists a real need to rescue some children from dangerous living situations.
Last year’s auction raised $20,000 for this program which directly rescued 51 children back to the safety of the Chausy Orphanage as well as providing essential hygiene products, warm clothing and footwear. There is absolutely NO administration cost attached to these sponsorships!