I received an e-mail on Christmas Eve from my host host family in Belarus. This is the family that I stay with when I travel to Belarus and their daughter stays with us during respite visits to Canada. They are wonderful people and over the past few years we have become good friends. It was a lovely e-mail wishing us all the best in health, happiness and prosperity. Both of my “host parents” work at the Chausy Orphanage and therefore are Continue reading
Shawn Dawson’s Dream Mountains Foundation is helping to make a Canadian Aid for Chernobyl dream come true! One of our 2011 initiatives is to start a Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Chausy, Belarus … the first crisis centre of it’s kind in the region. When Shawn, a Brockville native and Ottawa businessman, learned of the projects carried out by our organization he quickly added CAC to his list of charities to benefit from his “7 Summits for 7 Charities” fund raiser. Shawn’s team of climbers will be heading to the top of the highest peak in Africa … Kilimanjaro! Each of the climbers is expected to raise $5,000 for their charity and Continue reading
What a Dream Can Do!
This is the theme of this years upcoming initiatives as well as the theme of our AGM this Wednesday November 24th. Please plan to attend as it promises to be a very exciting evening. Whether you are a current, past member or just interested in what we are doing, everyone is welcome. Please bring your family and friends as well, we would like to have a large turnout. Along with the very brief business meeting we will be having presentations from Dave Shaw on our current initiatives, Neil Matheson on the Guardian Angel Program and Stephen MacKinnon on the Internet Program at the Chausy Orphanage. We will also be having a very special presentation by:
Nastia grew up in the Chausy Orphanage and then was lucky enough to come to Canada where she has completed school and is now employed as a Nurse in Ottawa. Nastia is going to bring to life the very real changes that we have helped to make at the Chausy Orphanage and the impact they are having on all of the children who currently live there based on her return visit in September. Here is a picture of Nastia at the orphanage, when she was about 9 years old, taken during one of the first trips to Chausy:
And here she is today Continue reading