Vision for Change

We had an opportunity to meet with our long time friend Vitalli.  Previously he was the director of the Chausy Orphanage where we have helped to make many improvements under his leadership.  Next he moved into the Chausy Municipal administration as a Deputy Mayor. He again helped us in this capacity to develop programs and make changes to help the schools and community.  Three months ago he moved into the position of Director of the Juvenile Detention Centre in Mogilev, the capital of the region. The delegation was invited to meet with him and tour the facility.  Here is Vitalli with a few members of the delegation.

Vitalli explained that he missed working directly with the children and making a difference in their lives, so when this opportunity presented itself, he jumped at the chance.  Continue reading

A Home for Ilya

Our delegation is arriving in Belarus this week and we are still waiting for permission to begin delivery of our 2 containers of aid that we shipped this year.  In the meantime we are preparing our other initiatives and meeting with our partners and friends.

Today we went to visit our friend Ilya who was very excited to see Rhona who had hosted him for several summers in Brockville.We first met Ilya in 2008 while touring the Chausy Hospital. Continue reading

Olympic Gold for Dzinara Alimbekova

What a wonderful success story!  A few years ago Dzinara Alimbekova was training for Biathlon at the Chausy Regional School of Sport (formerly called the Chausy Orphanage) and Canadian Aid for Chernobyl helped out, buying her first set of professional ski equipment. This week she achieved gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics with 3 team-mates in the 4 x 6km relay event.

One of her teachers from the school posted this picture with the caption “Dzinara stepped from the school threshold to the Olympic Podium. Proud!” (translated from Russian)

Dzinara on the Chausy School doorstep and with her teammates after winning gold in Pyeongchang. (3rd from left)

Congratulations Dzinara from all of your friends in Canada.  Your hard work and perseverance has paid off and we too are very proud of you!
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