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Volunteers story of Trip to Belarus.

Nadezhda-2013

In August of 2013 I visited Belarus as part of a volunteering programme with Chernobyl Children’s Trust. How do I put such an amazing week into a small piece of writing?? I’ll try…. A lot of work went into fundraising to travel to Belarus but it was nothing in comparison to the rewards I felt during my week there. It was a life changing experience that I would recommend to anyone from any background.

During my week there I had the opportunity to meet children from various different social backgrounds, in their homes, in orphanages and those who travelled to the camp to us. The week gives a good insight into the extremely difficult living conditions that the children and their families face on a daily basis in Belarus. You see first hand where the money raised is put into use and how important every cent raised is to these families. Not only is it a life changing experience for the volunteers but it is a much needed break away from the constant worries and stress that these families face day to day.

Money raised by the volunteers pays for a child and their main carer to travel to camp and I can’t put into words how amazing it feels to be able to provide this opportunity for the families.

During the week you have to be prepared to face some very upsetting situations, which I can tell you, makes you appreciate everything you have at home. I did find it hard to see the children and their families living in such heartbreaking conditions but the appreciation and warmth, you experience from the families, makes the positives of the experience far exceed any tough times during the week. The gratitude expressed by the families, the fun we had at camp and all the different experiences will remain with me for a lifetime. I would definitely recommend the trip to everybody and anybody. 🙂

Sinéad Lyons.

 


 

Caoimhe’s experience …

Caoimhe's experienceCaoimhe visited Belarus for the first time as a volunteer with CCT at Summer Camp for special kids.

Caoimhe says it was a ‘life changing experience that I will always remember!’  It was a real privilege to be able to help children with profound disabilities and to be able to give their families a little respite’. 

Caoimhe says ‘It was wonderful to see exactly how this charity operates and uses its funds, every cent raised at home in Ireland is spent in very practical and meaningful ways in Belarus.  It’s brilliant to be able to see for yourself that all of the funds raised are actually spent on the people that need it the most, that’s because this charity is totally voluntary and run on a ‘shoe-string’ so there is no deduction for administration or other vague costs.  I would highly recommend to other students to consider fundraising for this great charity and maybe think about visiting Belarus for yourself. You will not forget it or regret it’.

Caoimhe McCarthy.