Crisis Centre, Hospital and Social Workshop

While we are waiting for the packages to be released from Customs the delegation was busy today reviewing our current and ongoing projects.  Harry and Mary Preston have brought a lot of items for the primary grades at the school here and stopped in for a visit.   Here are some children from the 1st grade at school # 1 with a Canadian flag that they brought with them.


We also stopped in at the Dream Mountains Crisis Continue reading

Time to Catch Up

Today’s blog will allow me to play catch-up.  Prior to my arriving Dave Shaw was here preparing for the delegation to arrive.  Jon Schuler arrived late last week and was here when the containers arrived.  Together with the help of many locals they managed to get the containers unloaded and the boxes sorted, however we still do not have Customs approval to deliver the boxes so they wait in-bond.  In the meantime Murray and Cole Ferguson arrived and along with many of our drivers and interpreters managed to strip the wallpaper from several bedrooms at the Chausy Orphanage.  Here Murray and Dave are emptying the rooms of furniture:


Here are some of the gang Continue reading

Education is a Two Way Street!

Dave Shaw’s daughter, Riley is currently completing her final year of her Bachelor of Education at Trent University.  As part of her requirements to graduate, Riley had to volunteer for 75 hours in an alternate practicum.   She received special permission from Trent to complete this requirement in Belarus.  Since her major is in Eastern European History with a focus on World War II, and given her families long association with this region through Canadian Aid for Chernobyl, this was a very good fit!  With the help of an interpreter, Riley taught the grade 10 and 11 classes at the Chausy School #1 a segment on Canadian History.


This was followed by two of the students, Victoria and Alexandra, presenting Continue reading