Charity Foundation Dobra Tut, Belarus

Their story started!

Today was one of the days when one can name as a day that turned somebody’s life forever.

Little boy Sergei Grishin, a 7 year old orphan from Ivenets boarding school for children with special needs in Minsk region, Belarus, has had an orthopedic surgery today. This little angel was brave. But… But it would never have happened if in his life there was no wonderful people. One of them and the most important now for him is an Irish volunteer Graham Bruton. They met in August 2011 in Cherven orphanage when Graham came there with Burren Chernobyl Project volunteers. It was his first visit to Belarus as a volunteer and first experience ever with special needs children. Actually, it’s very hard to take everything in on the first visit. But Graham did brilliantly on that trip and he found his child – little Sergei that came into Graham’s heart and stayed there and will stay there always.
Sergei had to have a surgery to help him start walking properly and one of the best orthopedic clinic in Minsk welcomed the child for an operation. Graham was ready to look after the child during surgery and after it, in clinic and in the rehab centre where the child will go soon and sure he will keep looking after Sergei a while in school too.

Today was a hard day. Surgery was tough for both of them. Hard on little fellow and even harder on Graham, because all he could do today was sitting and worrying and praying for all to do well. Thank to the highly professional doctors the surgery was very successful!

Now both of them are in the hospital resting.

And we are all sending our kindest thoughts to them!

New posts on their progress will come up soon. You can follow them either on our official website or Facebook page. There will be more soon!

Merry Christmas to you

Our dear friends!

This lovely time in Belarus is full of gratitude. We would like to send you best wishes on Christmas day from the bottom of our hearts. These wishes are from all of us – workers of “Dobra tut”, children from the orphanages and residents of asylums – these are wishes to those people who help make a big difference this year. We thank our dearest friends and partners – Burren Chernobyl Project, their volunteers and everyone who was involved into fundraising for Belarussian children and adults living in the orphanages and families of Belarus.  We also thank our partners Chernobyl Children’s Trust and ASSOCIAZIONE PROGETTO CERNOBYL for their hard work and amazing results!

We thank you very much for your kindest hearts, your generosity, your interest and involvement. And surely your love.

A lot of work has been done this year and all thank to you.

So let us all hope for another fruitful year!

May God keep you in His palm until we meet again!

Good luck and prosperity to you and your families!

Merry Christmas

One more intensive working week

From 27th of November up to 4th of December Cherven children orphanage welcomed 2 Irish volunteers, Katie and Antoinette. Although it was only 2 of them but they did the work of 5! They have done a lot of work, taking possibly all the children of unit 6 to the multisensory room, playing with them, looking after as many as they could. Help of Irish volunteers is very important in the orphanage as the kids need a lot of attention and individual care. And surely it’s always very pleasant for the kids to be looked after by truly loving people!

During the week the girls visited families with special needs children and young adults that our project is keeping in touch constantly.

We say thank you very much for all the work that you have done, for your kind and caring hearts and love to our children! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Aid from our partners

Recently our Charity Fund has got a new humanitarian aid load from our Irish partners “Chernobyl Children’s Trust”. Permission to distribute the aid has already come from the Department of Humanitarian Aids and the recipients of help are (according to the distribution plan):

  • Pukhovichi development and rehabilitation centre
  • Socially unprotected families
  • Psycho-neurological asylums for special needs adults in Kul and Rakov
  • Day care centre for special needs children and young adults in Zavodskoi district, Minsk, and social organization for special needs children and young adults “BelAPDIi MI”
  • Slutsk baby orphanage
  • Families who have special needs children united by organization “Osobyi mir”.

Last week we welcomed Chernobyl Children’s Trust directors who came on a visit to Minsk to define future plans of cooperation for year 2012.

Volunteers in Gorodische

Four volunteers from Ireland that have come to Gorodische children orphanage this week have already done a lot. During this week they have purchased an overlocker, organized sports for children, games in all units, sessions in the sensory room and also took part in the meeting with the Minister of Social services Marianna Stchiotkina.

They plan also to visit families where special needs children live, purchase shoes for the children in the orphanage and surely bring lots of joy and pleasant memories to the children in Gorodische.

Looking forward to new visits, impressions and surely photographs!

Angels dwell on earth

I am lucky in life. I can surely say that because I had a chance to meet an angel. Yes-yes, don’t be so sarcastic – you don’t know whom I’m talking about.

Teresa Flynn – this name is well known to the people of Cherven, Belarus and surely to the people of Co. Clare, Ireland. This 80-year-old woman is a true legend. And as it was already said she is a legend.
One can talk and write about her endlessly but usually you don’t know where to start. But let’s start with the main thing.

This tall, slim but very strong lady will surprise you with her spirit, open mind, cheerfulness and … her constant “diet” – coffee and cigarettes.

Sometimes it seems that she is younger and more “advanced” than young people. And there are so many unusual, astonishing stories that happened to this wonderful Teresa. She’s got handful of such stories: it's either her helping Hollywood stars to get out of the dirt of Irish roads washed away by rain right beside her house, or giving life to children in different countries – Teresa is a qualified midwife, or sharing all her love and her warm heart with the special needs children in orphanages in Belarus.

Teresa is the name you will always hear when you get into Cherven children orphanage. There is not a single person that doesn’t know her, that doesn’t love her. Every time when I go there I hear questions about Teresa.

I have never heard Teresa to say bad things about people. She justifies everyone. If in her house, that she has never locked when she was away, something was missing or stolen she would say: «Apparently they need it more than me».

Unfortunately she doesn’t visit Belarus for 2 years now, her age is not appropriate. Although this is not the real reason. The real reason is that her sense of life during recent years – little boy Sergei Ulianchik – a child with severe physical and intellectual difficulties is gone for several year now. He died. Their story is the most touching that I have ever heard. It’s a lot to tell how they met each other and how they grew together. I will say only this - at that moment Teresa approaching her most respectable age has made a real deed – she gave Sergei several years of real family, real love, best care. She gave him a chance for normal life, the one that ordinary kids have. She, a person from a foreign country, an elderly woman, forgot about herself, her age and gave herself up to a child, completely. He lived with her in Ireland and that was the best time for both of them. Then the child was called up back to Belarus she didn’t hesitate a moment – she went with him. How can you abandon a child? How is he going to be there alone, in the orphanage? She was pretty determined. And she stayed with him till the very end. «My little angel» - that’s how she called him. Knowing so many stories when mothers leave their own children in the orphanages, all alone, you understand that such people as Teresa are real angels. For some mothers their disabled children are a burden, a nightmare that they want to cross out of their lives and never remember it. They abandon their kids in different conditions – some of the children suffering from severe disabilities and require full care – some of the children being in better health state. But the result is the same these mothers do not need their children the families do not care about them. That’s why I can surely name Teresa a true MOTHER for all she did to Sergei.

She became an example for her own people in Ireland, and many hearing her story were inspired and became and still become volunteers, they get involved with our organization and come out to Belarus to help in the orphanages. And I’d like her to become an example for our people as well. Because I believe that angels dwell on earth, they live inside us. We just need to see it.

By Alena Martsyanava

New meetings — new joy

From the 14th up to 21st of August Cherven children orphanage welcomed a new group of Burren Chernobyl Volunteers.

A group of 3 people – 2 lads and a girl have spent 6 unforgettable days in the orphanage and also organized a trip to Minsk for the young special needs adults from the same orphanage. Alan, Graham and Beverly have made a special holiday for the kids and left a deep trace in children’s hearts. The volunteers grew so close to the children and are waiting impassionately for the next visit to the orphanage. Some of them have found their special friends and a vocation in life.

And we in our turn thank you so much for coming here, for your help, incredibly kind hearts and genuine love to the kids. Looking forward to your coming back!

July heat in the Fund

 To tell you the truth we have never had a summer like this at all – Life was boiling which suited perfectly well the weather outside.

In July our Fund has taken several groups of children from Gorodische children orphanage for recuperation. During the whole month we managed to cover 4 groups of kids with the help of Burren Chernobyl sponsorship and surely with the great support of our Belarusian volunteers. The children have been to amusement parks, Zoo, botanical garden, circus, children’s rail way, Hill of Glory and surely in McDonalds. 

The light in the eyes of the children is the most precious gratitude for the time spent with them, for work of many people who were trying their best to bring joy and happy moments in the lives of the kids.

Council of the charity Fund would like to express deep gratitude to:
 

  • Director of the Zoo, Minsk
  • Director of botanical garden, Minsk 
  • Director of Gorky Park, Minsk, 
  • Belorussian volunteers Katerina Sutyrina, Natalia Baranovskaya, Alexandra Popruzhenko, Anna Chernysh 
  • Volunteers of Charity organization “Sofia”, 
  • The sfaff of “Dobra tut”: deputy director Yuri Kruk, Head of the Council Tamara Bukhteeva, member of the Council Tatsiana Zhukovskaya, member of the Council Irina Zhishko and also to the volunteer Teresa Gmyza,  
  • Burren Chernobyl Committee for sponsorship and Irish volunteers for support 
  • Administration of Yanka Kuala Museum,

Thank you very much to all of you for you kind help, good mood and joy that you brought to the children!

Irish rain or Belorussian hot summer?

Many Irish volunteers have had this question this summer and most of them have chosen the second variant! Numerous groups of volunteers from Ireland that come through Burren Chernobyl Project visited children orphanages in Gorodische and Cherven. During the whole month of July our volunteers have done a lot: they played with the children, took them outside for a walk, and organized trips to Minsk to cinemas, amusement parks, McDonalds. Thank you very much to the groups leaded by Maria Carr for taking part in recuperation programme for the kids from Gorodische. Big thanks to the group of volunteers of Edel Smith for organizing trips to Minsk for the children from Cherven children orphanage.

Big help in purchasing of medication, nappies was provided by other groups of Irish volunteers.

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you very much for all you have done and all you do! Well done to all of you!

Our May humanitarian aid truck

On 8th of May 2011 our Fund got humanitarian aid from pharmaceutical plant “Roche”, Ireland and Burren Chernobyl Project.

Recently we have finished distribution of the aid. The goods that the Fund obtained: cloths, shoes, linen, nappies, toys, chairs, walking aids are gone to the following orphanages and social care centers.

  • Rakov psycho-neurological asylum,
  • Stolbtsy psycho-neurological asylum, village Kul
  • Cherven psycho-neurological asylum, village Yazovki
  • Svir psycho-neurological asylum,
  • Social organization of Zavodskoi district «BelAPDIiMI»,
  • Nesvizh psycho-neurological asylum,
  • Smolevichi territorial social centre,
  • Social service centre of Zavodskoi district, Minsk

We would like to thank our partners Burren Chernobyl Project for organization and delivery of the aid. Special thank you to pharmaceutical plant “Roche” for their special support and the aid itself! Your help is crucial for those who need it!

Dima Shavrin: Stay Alive!

Stay alive in this world is the main wish in Dima’s life.

In January 2009 a 7 year old boy Dima got really sick. Diagnosis that doctors defined shocked all Dima’s relatives: cancer (neuroblastoma in stomach area, high risk group). Dima as a real man bravely went through a serious treatment (6 blocks of chemio therapy, 4 operations, bone-marrow transplantation). The illness went away.

After the trip to St. Petersburg in 2011 for the check up the doctors have found that the boy has liver, bones and bone marrow damage. At the moment Dima is on treatment session (4 blocks of chemio therapy) in Belarusian scientific oncology and hematology centre.

But the main 5th block that costs 15 000 EURO that will help treat damage of bones can only be performed in Germany. Unfortunately, this sort of treatment is not carried out in Belarus. Dima is the youngest child in the family. His father is a pensioner, and his mother is looking after a sick child. The money that both parents get is not enough to cover expenses on such an expensive treatment. That’s why we ask everyone who is not indifferent to give a chance to Dima to save his life. Treatment should be started in August. We still have a chance to help this little boy stay alive and see tomorrow!

Charity accounts:

Charity accounts are in Belarusbank branch 633, Soligorsk, UNP (tax identification number) 600286255 MFO 153001969 for Shavrina Liudmila for her son's Dima Shavrin's treatment.

  • For euros — transit account №3819382100003 for charity account №978000005 in branch № 633
  • For US dollars — transit account №3819382100003 for charity account №840000092 in branch № 633
     

Happy New Year!

Dear Friends,
The year 2010 is about to finish.

That was a good year. Very fruitful. We have done a lot:

  • Renovations in Svir, Yazovki, Kopyl, Rakov asylums for special needs people.
  • Had a lot of volunteer groups not only from Ireland but from Belarus as well visiting the orphanages.
  • Attracted Belarussian society's attitude towards the problems of people with special needs by organizing a charity rock concert "Dobry Fest" with the great support of "Budzma" company.
  • Organized volunteer groups for regular trips to Rudnya and Kul, where Belorussian girls and boys found pen-friends.
  • And many more other things.

From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank you so much for your care, non-ignorance, generosity and your kind hearts. Thank you so much for participating in our projects, donated money, visited orphanages. Believe, you have made a huge difference for a lot of those who needed that.

Thank you so much for being with us! We wish you all the best in the coming year!

Wish you and your families much happiness! We hope to see you with us next year!

See you soon!
"Dobra tut" team

Help to save little Eva’s life

Ева

Update from 18.11.2010

With your help we already collected €20,000 that allowed Eva and her parents to go to Belgium for the medical consultation. Now an additional €67,000 for the surgery and €19,000 for the post-surgery treatment and recovery are required.

The surgery must be done BEFORE CHRISTMAS! We need to collect €67,000 as soon as possible.

For the surgery, we have collected - as of November 17, 2010: €50,010.63, of which €20,000 were raised by our friens The Burren Chernobyl Project.

Please note that it may take a week or two for your donation to be reflected in this spreadsheet. Thank you for your patience!

At the moment we are not able to access our WebMoney account from Belgium. Our apologies: donations via WebMoney will be reflected in the spreadsheet with delay. More about Little Eva

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Her face is more like a baked apple, her fingers are deformed by polyarthritis look like knotty tree branches. Sad but wise and philosophical glance of dingy eyes that used to be sky blue... The only living being that is close to her and brightens up her existence now is her gray cat. She understands that her children are busy and can't afford to have a day off to come and visit her, her grandchildren are studying and they hardly make ends meet having a difficult students' life... It's simply life... Hard times...  Read further

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Charity Fund "Dobra tut" is the organization whose main priority is to support financially and materially some of the orphanages in Belarus and also involve volunteers into work with the children and adults.

You can support our projects by transferring money to our account, or become a volunteer and help the children and adults directly. On our website we provide you with the full report on the work of our Fund.

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E-mail: dobratut@gmail.com
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