August and the beginning of September have been very productive in both orphanages in Gorodische and in Cherven. Groups of volunteers from Ireland kept coming and spending their time with children and youngsters.
Cherven was happy to welcome Tassa O’Connors’ group for 2 weeks again. The volunteers have done brilliant job with the children, spent a lot of time playing with kids in different units, taught older boys and girls some Irish dancing lessons, spend some time with a family of Pasha - a young lad with spinal injury. They brought him out to Minsk on a day trip.
Also they have brought some toys and clothes from Ireland for the children and adults in Cherven, purchased a DVD for one of the unit and simply had a wonderful time in the orphanage.
Another moment to be mentioned is that for the two weekends at the end of August volunteers of Chernobyl Children’s Trust along with the head Simon Walsh have spent some time in Cherven orphanage for the first time. They have met most of the children, spend some time helping feeding the children in Unit 6, took kids into the multisensory room, spend a lot of time outside playing games and football with older boys and girls. They have also brought some clothes and shoes and toys from Ireland for the children, and also bought an electric kettle for Unit 11.
Gorodische orphanage was also very busy in August.
Worth mentioning that the group of volunteers with Laura Williams and Kathleen Lynch have done a major job in there. They have helped with feeding and changing in Unit 3, did massages and took kids for outings, fed the children yogurts, organized trip to Zhirovichi monastery. Bought craft supplies, clothes, kitchen equipment, a blender, toiletries for big boys and girls, construction material, suits for contest in Poland, some nappies. Organized discoes, played football, gave some guitar lessons. To cut long story short, it was a fabulous time.
We say thank you very very very much for all your precious help and hope to see you again in the future!