Monthly Archives: March 2007

Our Orphans are 1, 2 & 3!

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Thanks,

Eric

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After unloading the containers, Vitalli, the Chausy orphanage Director, invited us for lunch. During lunch he told us that he had just returned from a meeting in Mogilev called by the Director of Education for the Mogilev Province. This is a critical meeting for all directors as it rates not only their personal performance but the performance of the orphanage as a whole. They are rated on all aspects: academics, behaviour, acheivements, future initiatives and overall operations.

The Chausy Orphanage was rated number 2 out of the 23 orphanages in the entire province!

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This in itself is amazing as they were at the bottom of the list and facing closure just a few short years ago! The orphanage that came in first, the Mogilev Orphanage for Girls, had a distinct advantage as they are a relatively new orphanage made up of the brightest and most talented girls specially chosen from all of the orphanages across the provincen!

The Kostukovichi Orphanage placed third.

What is most amazing of all is that these are the three orphanages supported by Canadian Aid for Chernobyl and our partners!!

Dave Shaw announced that this is the single most proud moment in his 10 years of involvement. To see these results proves that our efforts are having tremendous impact on these children and now it is recognized by the Belarussian Ministry of Education, the National Department of Humanitarian Aid and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The bottom line is that Canadian Aid for Chernobyl, through it’s initiatives is having a HUGE impact on these children and their future.

Eric

Angels and Containers!

This morning we attended the “Day of the Angel” party to celebrate the local children with disabilities.

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It is a very uplifting experience enjoyed by both the children and Canadians alike. See video from last year for more details.

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In the afternoon we unloaded 3 containers, 1 1/4 at the Chausy Orphanage and 1 3/4 at School #1. The load at the orphanage was particularly difficult as it contained a three furrow plough, a cultivator and a seeder for the tractor. We had a lot of enthusiastic help from the children and staff of the orphanage.

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Eric

Hockey Night in Belarus!

We got to attend a Hockey game in Mogilev with the children still left at the orphanage during March break. We took about 25 in total.

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It was amazing to see how the children respond to Vitalli, the Orphanage Director. As we walked up to the Ice Palace the kids were holding his hands, obviously he really connects with the kids.

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These little guys were so excited to get to go.

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This little guy named Zhenya is just the most affectionate kid. He loves when the Canadians come by and especially when we play games with him. Jennifer Hopson gave him a new frisbee that he carries everywhere. The children were each given a bottle of Coke and an bag of chips … this was exciting stuff!

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It was a junior tournament and although the Belarussian goalie was excellent they still lost 16 -1 to a team from Siberia in Russia. They were like a well oiled team that just overwhelmed the Bellarussian team.

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I saw some members of the Belarussian team outside in the parking lot and they were laughing and playing around … obviously not too distressed with the loss!

The kids from the Orphanage had a blast and I’m sure were all playing hockey in their dreams later that night.

Eric