Our work gives Chernobyl children up to 5 years of added life expectancy
The Wessex branch of the Chernobyl Children's Life Line seeks to raise £8,500 each year in order to bring 16 Chernobyl children here for one month's respite care during the Summer. Research has shown that by removing the children from the toxic pollution which still exists where they live in this way increases their life expectancies by up to five years. We have been bringing groups here each year since 2007.
On July 5th our 2019 group arrive here - 9 girls and 7 boys. They live in the villages around Pinkovichy, near Pinsk in the Brest region of Belarus. The area was badly affected because of its proximity to the Chernobyl site where the nuclear reactor exploded in 1986. The children are chosen by the Regional Education Welfare Department. It is a very poor area where the vast majority of children's parents are unable to take them out of the environment for an extended stay away from the toxins that blight their lives.
The youngsters stay with us for the last two weeks of the school Summer term and the first two weeks of the Summer holiday. Groups are accompanied by an interpreter and are hosted by volunteers in the Poole, Broadstone and Wimborne area. On weekdays there is a full programme of activities arranged for them with host families, if they are able to, helping with supervision. At weekends they are with their hosts.
The children do not usually speak English but that has never been an issue!
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