Monthly Archives: April 2006

The Chausy Orphanage – Mar 29/06 Part 1

A little housekeeping first.

I have added a link at the top of this page called Subscribe, if you click on it you can enter your e-mail address and receive an e-mail each time I create a new post. I did this due to the number of requests I had to let people know when a new post was added.

I also decided to break March 29th into two posts as it was a very busy day, also the Chausy Orphanage has been a real focus for Canadian Aid for Chernobyl and consequently we spent a lot of time there.

If you are watching closely you will see pictures of the President of Belarus displayed in most areas of the orphanage.

My first full day in Belarus began with breakfast with Sasha (my Belarussian Dad – who is considerably younger than me). We had some sort of pancakes served with sour-cream and jam for dipping. We also had tea pronounced chai in Russian. Tea was served (or at least offered) every time we sat in the kitchen, whether for a meal or just to visit. This held true in every home that I entered.

Enjoy the video.

Eric

PS: Next post will cover the Chausy Hospital and the Orphanage for girls in Mogilev.

Arrival in Belarus – Mar 28/06

This is the first in a series of posts that will cover my experiences during my trip through the use of video. Some of the shots are taken through the window of a moving vehicle. This was necessary as I couldn’t hold up the real reason we were there and ask the drivers to stop everytime I needed a shot. In this way you really are experiencing Belarus the way I did.

This post covers my arrival in Belarus, my trip to the Village of Chausy as well as a tour of my host family’s home. I hope you enjoy it and stay tuned … the next post will bring you a tour of the Chausy Orphanage that many of our “summer children” come from.

Eric

I’m Back!

I returned home this past weekend and my trip was fabulous! I promise to have some video posted very soon. Several people have e-mailed me asking when I will start posting and I just wanted to let everyone know that I am working on it. I captured over 11 hours of video during my trip and am starting to work my way through it. I plan to have my first video posted by this weekend. I recently sent out an e-mail to the members of Canadian Aid for Chernobyl with this comment:

“Well I just got back from Belarus and what an amazing trip it was! It was the most incredible adventure of my life. The people are absolutely wonderful and the experience was fantastic! The entire trip was a study in contrasts; you are driving down a 4 lane highway being passed by a BMW while you are passing a horse and wagon. You are delivering a food box to a house in the middle of nowhere that does not have running water … and your interpreter’s cell phone rings. You are climbing the steps in an apartment building almost overcome by the smell of cat urine and you step into an apartment that is spotlessly clean and neat. It is an experience that I will tell my grandchildren about (no … I don’t have any yet!). I captured 11 hours of video tape and am working on ways of sharing it (I will be posting something this week to my Blog www.ericmckenzie.com/vlog). It is hard for most of us to conceive the difference we can actually make in someones life with a very small gesture until you witness it first hand. You should all know that the things we do collectively as Canadian Aid for Chernobyl are making tremendous differences in peoples lives and are truly appreciated. If everyone in this world was to make a friend on the other side of the planet, I truly believe we could accomplish world peace! “People are people wherever you go.”

Eric”