Our work improves the immune systems of Chernobyl children in order to extend lives
Covid-19 (Corona Virus) Statement
Owing to the Covid-19 epidemic Wessex CCLL has temporarily suspended its operations. We are, however, continuing to raise money to help CCLL support families in the Pinkovichy region where "our" children live.
In January 2021 we made the decision that it would not be possible to bring Chernobyl children to Dorset again this year. Subsequently, CCLL HQ made it clear that no groups would be brought over to the uk, due to the pandemic and the restrictions. Readers will understand that even if conditions in the UK were such that life could return to "normal" that won't be the case in Belarus and The Ukraine, where Covid is rampant. In Belarus there are added difficulties due to the political situation.
As we gradually come out of lock-down, we are planning to hold two major fund-raising events so that we can continue to support Chernobyl children in the district of Pinkovichy, where "our" children have been brought here from in past years.
Read about our fund-raising events by clicking on the "Events" tab above.
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.
"Our" children 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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