Belarussian Outreach - an important project of Overflowing Hands
The founders of Overflowing Hands have witnessed the devastation and problems caused by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl explosion permanently changed life as the Belarussians knew it. Belarussian Outreach was established to help the children effected by Chernobyl.
Although Chernobyl is located in Ukraine, the country just south of Belarus, winds carried the majority of the radiation north, contaminating their northern neighbors. Belarus is a small, poor country that once was part of the Soviet Union. The children are the most affected by this disaster, resulting in deficiencies in their immune system, incidents of cancer, and failure to thrive. The goal of the Belarussian Outreach project is to support and provide relief to the children and their families.
Our program brings Belarussian children to the US every summer for six weeks. The children stay with host families and are rejuvenated by the sunshine, healthy diet and tender loving care they receive while being out of the radioactive environment. Health care professionals estimate for every six weeks the children are out of the radiation, they gain two years back to their life.
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