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Children of Chernobyl - The story of the nuclear fire and abandoned town of Pripyat. Exposed children born deformed

Updated on March 25, 2017
Chernobyl reactor 4 after explosion
Chernobyl reactor 4 after explosion
Control room for reactor 4
Control room for reactor 4
Another view of reactor 4
Another view of reactor 4
Sarcophagus in place over reactor 4
Sarcophagus in place over reactor 4
Lines of vehicles and helicopter fenced off as they are radioactively too hot.
Lines of vehicles and helicopter fenced off as they are radioactively too hot.
Fire trucks fenced off for the same reason
Fire trucks fenced off for the same reason
Mil-8 helicopter too radioactive to approach
Mil-8 helicopter too radioactive to approach
More radioactive vehicles and helicopters
More radioactive vehicles and helicopters
Abandoned town of Pripyat
Abandoned town of Pripyat
Another view of abandoned Pripyat
Another view of abandoned Pripyat
Abandoned Pripyat harbour
Abandoned Pripyat harbour
First treatment room
First treatment room
Abandoned fun fair Pripyat
Abandoned fun fair Pripyat
The Red Forest - radioactivity has caused the leaves to take on a red colour
The Red Forest - radioactivity has caused the leaves to take on a red colour
Some children from the affected area
Some children from the affected area
My brother - please help him
My brother - please help him
Children are still being born with birth defects
Children are still being born with birth defects
Inside reactor buildings are still a mess
Inside reactor buildings are still a mess
Abandoned operating theatre
Abandoned operating theatre
Another view of the red forest
Another view of the red forest

In a wooded, marshy area near to the Ukraine-Belarus border, approximately 11 miles northwest of the city of Chernobyl and 60 miles north of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, a nuclear accident occurred on Saturday, 26th April 1986, at 0123hrs local time.

In this rambling rural setting stands a large grey brooding structure known as the V.I.Lenin Memorial Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station consisting of 4 x 1gw reactors, although at the time only 2 were operational with two more (no.5 and 6) under construction.. This initial stage of just 4 reactors produced around 10% of Ukraine’s power requirement.

The power station was located near to the town of Pripyat, which was selected and expanded to provide homes for the power station employees and their families.

The construction of the power station was started in mid 1970s with the first reactor coming on line in 1977 and the forth generating power in 1983. At the time of the accident in 1986, two further reactors were under construction.

On the 26th April 1986, the station decided to carry out a power loss test to see if the turbines of Reactor No. 4 could produce enough residual energy to keep the coolant pumps running until the emergency diesel generator cut in. This was extremely hazardous and unbelievably ill-conceived without adequate planning and serious back-up. Unexpectedly during the test the power surged uncontrollably, resulting in an explosion and allowing temperatures in the reactor core to rise exponentially to more than 2000deg C, melting the fuel rods, igniting the reactor’s graphite covering, and releasing a huge cloud of radiation into the atmosphere.

With the normal degree of secrecy that surrounds any of the eastern bloc countries the precise reasons for the accident are still undisclosed or unknown. However, it is felt that one single factor was not to blame, although the generators took 3 times longer than anticipated to cut in. It was really a combination of design faults and reckless operator errors or planning. It was this that resulted in an explosion, fire and nuclear meltdown polluting the surrounding area and large swaths of Europe with unprecedented amounts of nuclear fallout.

It is very difficult to attribute directly specific numbers of deaths to the accident and by mid-2005, officially less than 60 deaths have been linked directly to the Chernobyl explosion. These were mostly power station workers exposed to massive radiation during the accident or local children who developed thyroid cancer.

Estimates of consequential deaths arising from the accident vary widely. In 2005 a group known as the Chernobyl Forum, formed from 8 U.N. organizations put a figure of around 4,000, whereas working on information from the Belarus National Academy of Sciences, the environmental watchdog group Greenpeace suggested as much as 93,000.

Subsequent research into the physical health effects of the Chernobyl nuclear incident has been carried out by both the Center for Independent Environmental Assessment of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Belarus National Academy of Sciences. They estimate about 270,000 people in the surrounding area will become cancer victims and between 90,000 and 140,000 will die in the whole Ukraine and Belarus area due to the radiation from Chernobyl.

Carried by the wind 70% of the radioactive fallout from Chernobyl came down in Belarus, affecting at least 3,600 towns and villages, and in the region of 2½ million people. The radiation contaminated the soil and crops which people have to eat. Within the fallout zone in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine the land is likely to be contaminated for many decades. This fallout was also found in sheep in the UK, which had to be destroyed, also Ireland, and on clothing worn by people throughout Europe, and even in rain as far West as the United States.

Following the accident, Soviet authorities resettled more than 350,000 people outside the worst affected areas, including the entire 50,000 people from the dormitory town of Pripyat, but millions of people are forced to continue to live under inadequate conditions in areas contaminated with radioactive fallout. The whole town of Pripyat stands today, abandoned, more or less as it was on that day, a ghostly memorial to man’s stupidity.

With regard to the damaged power plant, reactor No. 4 was sealed at great personal cost to many brave men who sacrificed their lives to stem the radioactive emissions. So great was the radioactivity for those flying helicopters or operating heavy machinery to initially seal the leak, that their aircraft and machines stand today, cordoned off, too radioactively hot to go for scrap, their operators long since dead. The actual story of the work is related below. The authorities hurriedly built a concrete sarcophagus over reactor 4, which is still full of radioactive material. However, this is starting leak, allowing water in which may contaminate the water table.

Absolutely incredibly the Ukrainian government allowed the other three reactors to keep operating to provide badly needed power. Reactor No. 2 was eventually shut down after a fire damaged it in 1991, and reactor No. 1 was finally decommissioned in 1996. In November 2000, the Ukrainian president shut down the last reactor No. 3 in an official ceremony that finally closed power production at Chernobyl facility. However, with the sarcophagus covering damaged reactor No. 4 gradually crumbling the whole area is an environmental time-bomb which will come back to bite us hard in the not too distant future.

The sarcophagus, hurriedly built, containing reactor No. 4 was designed to last about 30 years, and the authorities are studying designs to create a new shelter with a lifetime of 100 years. In the long-term this is totally inadequate as the radioactivity in the damaged reactor would need to be contained for 100,000 years to ensure safety for future generations. Whilst this seems an impossibility, it is the sort of safety time-scale we must consider and advances in future technology should be able to provide a solution. However in the short-term, because there is little movement forward, the international community is funding the construction of another "sarcophagus".

Events surrounding the containment of the accident.

Immediately the reactor blew the first priority was to control and extinguish the fires that had broken out on the roof of the power station and in the area surrounding reactor No. 4 in order to protect No. 3 and ensuring its core cooling systems remained intact. Appliances came in from neighbouring Pripyat aware that this was going to be a suicide mission. After about 5 hours the fires were extinguished, but inside reactor No. 4 the graphite continued to burn for a further 15 days until approx.. half had been consumed. The majority of the selfless firemen received massive doses of radiation and died later. Some of the fire-fighters involved, before they died, described their experience of the radiation as "tasting like metal", and feeling a sensation similar to that of pins and needles all over their faces. I have to acknowledge the incredible bravery of these men, who fought a fire and ecological disaster knowing full well it would kill them.

The system of extinguishing the fire and preventing further radioactive contamination was by using Mi-8 helicopters to drop over 5,000mt of sand, lead, clay, and neutron absorbing boron onto the burning reactor and by injecting liquid nitrogen to smother the fire. Subsequent research shows that virtually none of the boron managed to reach the reactor core. The initial explosion and fire ejected dangerous fission products into the air including nuclear fuel, radioactive isotopes such as caesium-137, iodine-131, strontium-90 and other radionuclides. This formed a radioactive cloud in the air which was seen by many of the local inhabitants.

The authorities were not willing to sacrifice any more men after the initial fire and explosion and brought in unmanned remote-controlled bulldozers and robot-trucks that could both detect radioactivity and carry hot and radioactive debris. However, they quickly found that robotic equipment could not be used everywhere as the high radiation levels killed the electronics.

The dormitory town of Pripyat was not immediately evacuated and remained ignorant of the extent of the danger. Everyone continued as normal until a few hours later dozens of people suddenly fell ill. As the day progressed they reported severe headaches and metallic tastes in their mouths, along with uncontrollable fits of coughing and vomiting.

It was not until 2 days later that a short 20 sec announcement was made to the people of the Soviet Union. Prior to that time, the state radio played only classical music, which was the usual way of preparing the public for news that something tragic, had happened. The brief announcement read on State TV was as follows:

There has been an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. One of the nuclear reactors was damaged. The effects of the accident are being remedied. Assistance has been provided for any affected people. An investigative commission has been set up.”

For some reason the scientist teams were armed and placed on alert as instructions from the Government and security services were awaited. It was only when the wind borne radiation levels set off alarms at the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, over 1000 kilometres away from the Chernobyl Plant, did the Soviet Union admit to the world that an accident had occurred. Even then the authorities attempted to conceal the scale of the disaster.

The aftermath and on-going consequences.

The town of Pripyat, with a population 45,000, was evacuated soon after the accident. Evacuation procedures were pretty much non-existent and were chaotic. People had no choice but to leave their homes and many of their possessions and flee, never to return. Many were eventually reluctantly re-settled in other existing communities away from the area or new settlement areas built especially for evacuees. To date, over 350,000 people have been relocated away from the contaminated land. At the time of the accident, some 7 million people lived in areas that became contaminated, including 3 million children. After the explosion more than 5 million people, including more than a million children, remain living in contaminated zones. Soil contamination is estimated to last for 24,000 years.

Some 27 years later, highly toxic radioactive elements are still spread by the dust particles from the plant, deposited in the earth by rainfall or enter the food chain through plants and animals.. Millions of people continue to be exposed to this low level radiation, and some of their children are born with disabilities so severe their parents either can’t bear to keep them or feel unable to deal with them.

These children are the most severely affected as a result of the radioactive pollution from the Chernobyl disaster. Their immune system against cancer and other diseases is very low and a significant percentage of the youngsters will suffer from cancer of the thyroid gland, bone cancer and leukaemia. Research has shown that if the children from Chernobyl can be given a holiday away from the pollution, on their return home their immune system will have been greatly improved. Research and statistics show that for each week away in clean air and with healthy uncontaminated food their life expectancy is extended by 1 year and a 1 month holiday will give another 2 years. It can also significantly reduce the amount of radioactive caesium which has built up in the child’s body.

Even now many of the children come from homes that have no running water or toilets available and their food is contaminated. There are still many children living in tiny rural villages, sometimes just a few miles from the derelict Chernobyl plant. These children may not have been struck down yet, but their future is bleak if they continue to live in such a radioactive environment.

There are now over 148,274 invalids on the Chernobyl registry in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Belarus, Ukraine and Russia have provided some sort of meagre pension and other social assistance to victims. However, medical care is variable and ill funded and pensions are really insufficient to provide any sort of adequate standard of living for the victims. Many of the resettlement villages are in isolated areas away from the mainstream of social life and employment and economic development in the affected regions are rare.

The international community, in response to the knowledge that taking children (and their mothers, sometimes) on holiday to unpolluted countries can give such an improvement in their health have opened their hearts and homes to achieve this. In cases where the children are too ill to travel, special rest clinics in unpolluted areas have been established and run and funded by dedicated charities.

The response to predicament of the children has been worldwide and I list below some of charities in various countries and the work they do, if known. I must stress that these are not in any order of importance as each is life giving and selfless.

UNITED KINGDOM

There are currently about 47 UK charities registered to help children on recuperative trips. Below are details of some of them.

Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK) - Registered Charity No. 1059832 Each summer children and young people are given a holiday at a lovely special camp, near Minsk, run by volunteers from the UK. The children come from Zhuravichi Boarding Home and Rechitsa Boarding School and others in need. In addition each summer they bring around 300 children to Britain for a recuperative holiday.

Registered Office: Kinder House, Fitzalan Street, Glossop, Derby SK13 7DL. Tel: 01457 862112 / 863534. Email: ccprojectuk@gmail.com

Exeter Children of Chernobyl - Provides recuperative holidays in Devon, for Belarusian children aged 8 to 11 years from the Brest region. It is part of the City Community Church, registered charity number: 1060985..

E-mail contact: exeterchernobyl@hotmail.com

The Friends of Chernobyl's Children- (Charity Registration Number 1049689) Brings Belarusian children for vacations and medication to England.

Charity Director: Mrs Olwyn Keogh. No 1 Brooklands, Chipping, Forest of Bowland, Lancs. tel. 01995 61305; e-mail contact: olwyn@focchq.fsnet.co.uk

Chernobyl Children Life Line - (England Charity reg:1014274). British charity "Chernobyl Children Life Line" originally coordinated by the founder and chairman, Victor Mizzi.. Over 2000 children are brought to the UK each year for recuperation.

Contact address: Chairman: V.F.Mizzi, Chernobyl Children Life Line, Courts 61 Petworth Road, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 3AX England; CCLL HQ Tel - 01428 642523, Fax - 01428 651642; e-mail contact: vicmizzi@nildram.co.uk

This charity has many other links all over the UK providing recuperation facilities for affected children.

They are in Bedford, Derby, Nottingham, Ashbourne, Pinxton, Loughborough, Lanarkshire, Shrewsbury, Hull & East Riding, Narborough, Burtonwood, Red Rose Link, East Bristol, Dundee and Angus and North Pembrokeshire,

The Friends of Chernobyl's Children is a British voluntary group and a registered charity (#1049689) based in Clitheroe in the North-West of England, dedicated to bringing a group children from Mogilev that are affected by radiation to the UK every year.

Contact: Heather Whittaker e-mail: heatherwhittaker@onetel.net

Medicine and Chernobyl is a Blyth based branch of the Minsk charity.This organization brings children out of an orphanage in the contaminated region for one month each year. They also send out medical and educational aid and have frequently visited Minsk, Mogilev and Mtsislavl.

Contact: Mr. Brian Seddon, 21 Wellesley School, Links Road, Blyth, UK NE24 3PF E-mail: Supased@aol.com

Buskit is a charity organization from Central Scotland, Charity No: SCO20917. Buskit members send aid by truck once a year too "Children in Trouble" in Minsk, Belarus

Contact address is: Mr. Alan Wardrop 27 Ramsay Tullis Drive, Tullibody, Clacks, FK10 2UD, UK; ph.: +44 1259 722793; Fax: (+44) 1259 722793; E-mail: Alanghs02@hotmail.com

Bel-Aid Scotland working on behalf of the victims of Chernobyl This registered Scottish charity was established in 1994 to provide medical aid to the victims of the Chernobyl disaster. Their convoys carry aid to children's and old people's orphanages and they host groups of children and their carer’s in Scotland each year. Bel-Aid Scotland is developing self-help groups and seeks support from likeminded people.

Contact address: The Hon Mrs R Lesley Melville, Little Deuchar, Fern, Forfar, Angus, Scotland DD8 3RA, UK; Tel/Fax +44 1356 650279; e-mail: jim-paterson@pennyghael-springfield.fsnet.co.uk

Medicine & Chernobyl is a UK charity helping Belarus since 1992. It has groups in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire, Norfolk, Essex, Oxfordshire.

Contact: Medicine & Chernobyl, c/o 123 Rivington Drive, Burscough, Lancashire. UK. L40 7RW; Tel/Fax 01704 894757; e-mail contact: P.A.Gudgeon (secretary) tgudgeon@btinternet.com

Chernobyl Children Life Line. Is a Dunfermline/West Fife Scottish group bringing children to Fife area for one month's health break. They are part of UK-wide Chernobyl Children Life Line umbrella charity organization.

Contact e-mail: chairman@chernobylchildrendunfermline.co.uk

Camps for Children of Chernobyl UK

Is a UK charity which is a part of Camps For Children Of Chernobyl In the USA. Reg No 1085492. Their mission is the same as in USA branch - to bring children from Belarusian areas contaminated by radioactive dust for recuperation. They also work in Ukraine and Western Russia as part of their charitable work and also help the families.

Contact: Dave Chatfield UK Director, 121 Hinton Road Hereford HR2 6BN, UK; Phone: 01432 357517; e-mail c4ccuk@aol.com

Chernobyl Childline Appeal is a UK charity hosting Belarusian children from Asipovichy district, Mogilev Voblast .for recovery in non-radioactivity contaminated area.

Contact: nt235@blueyonder.co.uk

Chernobyl Children Appeal (NI) Ltd.- is the largest Chernobyl charity in Northern Ireland, established in 1994. CCA has also established links with several hospitals within Belarus/Ukraine and in N. Ireland who inform the Office on how to best provide medical assistance. This relationship has led to on-site cross-training exchanges, an expansion of CCA’s Medical Exchange Programme for Belarusian doctors in the U.K. which has been in place since 1995.

Contact address: 44a Church St., Ballymena, Co. Antrim, BT 43 6DF; Ph.: 02825 632767; e-mail: ccacni@hotmail.com

Chernobyl Children's Project (UK) started in 1995 it is currently supporting children with cancer – through purchase of medicines and hospice care – and improving the lives of children with special needs. They support associations of families with disabled children; and have recently set up the first Respite Care Centre in Belarus. Family Home 2000 was established as a small home for young adults with physical disabilities and Rodny Kut is a family home for young children with special needs who came from Zhuravichi. CCP(UK) (not part of Chernobyl Children's Project International) also organize many educational exchange visits of doctors, teachers and social workers, and have carried out a major training programme which has helped to get more children from orphanages fostered into local families.

Contact address: Chernobyl Children's Project (UK)+44 1457 863534 /862112 Linda Walker, National Co-ordinator linda@ccprojectuk.fsnet.co.uk

Greater London SW Scout Network is a British scout organization that does charitable acts in Belarus. Members of Network aged 18-25 travelledto Belarus in July 2004 to construct an adventure playground at a boarding school at Radun (near Lida). They also took avan-full of humanitarian aid - clothes, toys, and educational materials. Phase 2 of the Project will involve providing medical kit to a children's hospital in Minsk.

Contact:: Chris Dean e-mail chris.dean@glswscouts.org.uk

SAM Chernobyl Relief - is a Scottish Chernobyl Charity. Along with other charities, SAM Chernobyl Relief seeks to get alongside the people of Belarus to encourage and help in any ways they can to make life a bit more bearable for the people they meet. SAM is a Christian Charity seeking to show the love of God in word and action. Their motto is "Encourage one another and build each other up". (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

Contact address: Colin & Cindy Mackenzie, 39 McLaren Drive, Bellshill, Scotland, ML4 2FB; Tel: 01698 849417; email: chernobylsam@hotmail.com

Belarus Aid Medicine and Chernobyl Funding carers and providing medicines.+441704893081

Chernobyl Children Cancer Care Bronllys' Portland Place Lisvane Cardiff CF4 5EQ UK +33 1222 76613 +44 1222 76613

Chernobyl Children Cancer Care +441270610443

Chernobyl North-East+441914164869

Friends of Chernobyl Children formed in October 1994 arranges 4 week recuperative visits to East Lancashire for groups of 50 children each year.+4412542489 olwyn.keogh@btinternet.com

Medicine and Chernobyl Hosts children for recuperative 1 month visits to the UK +44257462604 BLYT +441670361313 Preston Branch; +441772204697

Belarus Aid - A branch of Medicine & Chernobyl Raising money for medical equipment and mini bus - (UK) 441257463703

ICRHER ISF Hospital - Bridgeport +1 2033844696 Nicholas Dainal

Leaves of Hope - is a small, Welsh based, charity ( reg. #1077872) formed in May 1999 and their work is centred in Unit 5 of the Novinki Orphanage. The Novinki State Boarding School, as it is more properly known, is situated in the outskirts of Minsk, the capital city of Belarus. It is home to some 220 children aged between 4 and 26 who suffer from varying degrees of mental and physical disabilities - from the severely handicapped to those simply suffering from the natural result of institutionalisation.

Contact address: e-mail: Mr. Ivor Cox ivor.cox@leaves-of-hope.co.uk

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International -Ireland

To date has raised 92 million and have arranged for 22,500+ children to be brought from radiation zones to homes in Ireland for rest & recuperation. Contact at Chernobyl Children International, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, Kinsale Road, Cork, Ireland. Phone +353 21 4 312 999 Email us at info@chernobyl-ireland.com

Chernobyl Children’s Trust Ireland announces major initiative at children’s oncology centre in Belarus. CCT chairman Simon Walsh recently met with the director of oncology at Borovlyani centre for children’s oncology, professor Olga Aleinikova to discuss plans & to announce CCT’s decision to be the first international partner to this critically important project. Borovlyani is the World’s 3rd largest children’s oncology facility but children are literally dying for lack of accommodation.

Chernobyl Children's Trust is an Irish registered charity set up and run by volunteers dedicated to helping Children, families and communities and bringing groups of children to Ireland for 2-4 week recuperative visits.

Chernobyl Children’s Trust, 33 Ashington Dale, Navan Road, Dublin 7, Ireland. Phone No: +353-1-55 436 55 info@chernobylchildrenstrust.ie

Irish Chernobyl-Helping Organization This may not be the exact name of this organization + the e-mail connection is very unreliable.

Contact address is: Mr. Justin McCarthy; 90237722@vax1.dcu

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Chernobyl Children's Project LTD - is one of the oldest organizations started in Cork, Ireland,1991 by Ms. Adi Roche with the help of the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Cork Youth Association. Visit their great Web site to find out about more. It contains extracts from the book; children's paintings and poems and even video clips.

Contact address: Chernobyl Children's Project Ltd, 8 Sidneyville, Bellevue Park, St. Luke's, Cork City, Ireland; Phone 021-506411; FAX: 021-551544; Or you can e-mail Ms. Adi Roche, director, at adiroche@indigo.ie

The Friends of the Children of Chernobyl is a registered Irish charity, which has been active in Belarus since 1992. During that time they havebrought a lot of children from Belarus to Ireland, mainly from the Pinsk region.

Contact address: Mr. Myles O'Brien, Mylan Cottage, Caragh Lake, Co. Kerry, Rep. of Ireland. Ph.: + 066 - 9769147; e-mail: fotcc@iol.ie

Barna Chernobyl Group- is an Irish charity working in Belarus since 1995. They bring children to Galway and bring medicines and money to the children and their families in Belarus. They work mainly in Lida, but also Brest, Minsk, Stolin and Zhlobin..

Contact address: Barna Chernobyl Group, Barna, Co. Galway, Ireland; e-mail chairperson Paula Kerr: paulakerrgalway@hotmail.com

Chernobyl Children's Project,- is an Irish initiative, in association with Tipp FM Radio The Chernobyl Children's Project is a most deserving cause and appreciates the work done by musicians through the World.

Contact address: Chernobyl Children’s Project, 2 Camden Place, Camden Quay, Cork, Ireland Contact: Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International -Ireland listed above.

Burren Chernobyl Project- is an Irish charity established in 1993 to help with the child victims of the fallout from the Chernobyl reactor explosion. Many projects have been carried out to assist the children and their families who are enduring the effects of exposure to radiation and the other social and economic problems facing them in Belarus.

Contact address: The Burren Chernobyl Project, The Monastery, Ennistymon, Co. Clare, Ireland; tel.: +353 65 7071130; e-mail: office@burrenchernobyl.ie

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Fund for the Children of Chernobyl N.WIs an organization in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Contact address is: Mrs. Nancy Neal-Oldenettel; stephe12@ix.netcom.com

Missions Action Team Pine Valley United Methodist Church- is church community in Seattle, Washington, USA. helping Chernobyl children.

Contact address is: Mr. Buck Norton Chairman, Missions Action Team Pine Valley United Methodist Church Wilmington, NC (910) 791-8809; e-mail buck@wilmington.net

American Belarusian Relief Organization (ABRO)is organized in North Carolina. ABRO has brought about 400 children over for medical evaluation last summer. Over 50 Americans - some Doc and RN - went to Belarus recently to work with orphanages and hospitals. ABRO will have another group to go over in spring and again in summer for their summer camp project, where ABRO helps 75-100 children in a camp setting.

Contact address is: PO Box 1224, Concord, North Carolina 28026-1224; Ph.: (704) 549-9699; e-mail: director@abro.org

Belarus-American Child Health Foundationis a publicly funded, non-profit charitable organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Supports various medical education programmes.

Contact address: Belarus-American Child Health Foundation, Thomas P. Foley, Jr., M.D., Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA bach@trfn.clpgh.org

Friends to Friendsis organized in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Has sent several containers of humanitarian aid and has sponsored children for visits.

Contact address is: President Alice Ann Klingler at klingler@swcp.com

Children of Chernobyl Friendship Fund - CCFF has sent humanitarian aid to Chernobyl contaminated areas and hosted Children of Chernobyl in northern California since 1999.

President Olivia Anslinger Carniglia, 1441 Twilight Place, Santa Rosa CA 95409-4397; Tel. 707-537-0951; Fax 707-537-9429; E-mail SinkingValleyO@aol.com

Children of Chernobyl Project of Northern California Mrs. Michelle Carter is a co-author of the book "Children of Chernobyl: Raising Hope from the Ashes". The "Augsburg Publishers of Minneapolis" have kindly made copies of this book available to humanitarian groups to use as fundraising premiums.

Contact Mrs. Michelle Carter, 751 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont, CA 94002; ph.: 415/349-7599, 415/593-4547; e-mail MICKICARTR@aol.com

Chernobyl Survivors' Fund- brings children affected by Chernobyl for recovery to the state of Colorado, USA..

Contact: Mr.&Mrs. Elizabeth & Ken Huibregtse of Colorado email: 103533.3207@compuserve.com

Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus - is a Chernobyl Relief organization in New Jersey, USA.

Contact: Mr Alex Silwanowicz, Fund For Chernobyl Victims in Belarus, 9 River Road, Highland Park, NJ 08904; Ph.: (908) 254-6527; Fax: (908) 254-8951; E-mail: asilwano@ix.netcom.com or asilwanowi@gnn.com

Chernobyl Children's Project, of Petaluma - is a Northern California project which works in contact with Belarusian organization "Medicine & Chernobyl" since 1990. This Chernobyl Children's Project (CCP) belongs to Children of Chernobyl US Alliance. Since 1991, CCP has grown to include support from area dentists and businesses. Thirty to forty children are brought each summer to stay with volunteer host families in Marin and Sonoma counties for six weeks. Each child receives a dental check-up and eye examination. Local businesses support the program with donations and sponsorship of family events. Similar programs are taking place in San Diego, Nevada City and Tennessee.

Contact: Chernobyl Children's Project, P.O. Box 750334, Petaluma CA, 94975-0334. Ph.:707-769-0337. Fax: 707-762-9705. President - Ms. Julie Wilder-Sherman (wildsher@sbcglobal.net); Vice President – Ms. Kristie Padjen (krispadjen@attbi.com

The SOZO International Network is an international organization based in the United States. SOZO connects people and resources and provides the logistical support required to deliver help to those in need. Project Chernobyl, one of SOZO's current efforts, joins charitable organizations providing medical supplies, equipment and training to the people of the Ukraine. The project focuses on helping the children of the Chernobyl disaster.

Contact Norm Schulz or Dan Billings at: The SOZO International Network, 18930 59th Ave NE, Arlington, WA 98223; Tel:(360)435-8983 Ext.3035; Fax:(360)435-6334; e-mail: 103225.3620@compuserve.com

Annandale United Methodist Church - in Northern Virginia has organized in 1991 a Belarusian Children of Chernobyl Program: brings children from the Chernobyl crescent each summer to spend six weeks away from radiation with American families.

Address: Annandale United Methodist Church, 6935 Columbia Pike,Annandale VA 22003, USA Contact: Judy Canyock, 9120 Lime Court, Fairfax VA 22032 (judybc@aol.com Mary Peters, 7427 Add Drive, Falls Church VA 22042 (ballpeters@aol.com

For the Children of the World - For the Children of the World is based in Renton, Washington and recruits families from throughout the Pacific Northwest to host Belarusian children there for 6 weeks each summer on health respite. The organization works with the fund Hope for the Future in Minsk to accomplish this task. This is their 18th year organizing such trips.

Contact address: Elizabeth Tennison, President, For the Children, PO Box 58694, Renton, WA, 98058.or e-mail at (4thekidz@comcast.net

Camps for Children of Chernobyl - is a non-profit charitable organization serving children, families and communities from the Chernobyl region. Children with cancer are brought to the United States, England or Ireland to participate in a cancer camp for children, live with host families and receive medical and dental care. Humanitarian aid, medicines, medical supplies and vitamins are also sent to the children’s’ families, hospitals and orphanages. A summer camp is also hosted in Russia and Ukraine.

Contact information: Beverly Lee, PO Box 99404, Louisville, KY 40269 USA. Ph.: 502/297-8370; Fax: 502/297-8371; e-mail: c4cc@bellsouth.net

Children of Chernobyl - is an American organization located in Houston, Texas. It is a group of concerned people who want to bring some relief - medical, economic, and nutritional. Working with For the Children of Chernobyl, a Minsk based aid group, they place at-risk children with host families in Houston for six weeks during summer. While in Houston, they receive medical evaluation and care, dental care, and are provided with an extended period of time away from their contaminated environment.

Contact: Ms. Era Buck, President 281/550-6608; E-mail: cjebuck@hal-pc.org or Ms. Julie Herman 281/376-2697 sprnanny@ix.netcom.com

Chernobyl Children Project USA- Established in 1995, this American project is directed and staffed by volunteers from the greater Boston area who seek to help the people of the Chernobyl area by means of aid, medicalassistance, education, and caring..

Contact: 75 McNeil Way, Suite 305, Dedham, MA 02026, USA. Ph.: 781/251-0137; Fax: 781-251-9175; email: ccpusainc@aol.com

Children of Chernobyl, U.S. Alliance- CofCUSA is a national organization that provides support services to both new and existing community groups in the U.S. who provide significant support to those in the Chernobyl region in one or more of the following ways: 1) providing health recuperation respites for children; 2) facilitating and/or providing medical support services; 3) coordinating efforts to provide humanitarian aid for orphanages, hospitals, community centers; 4) providing for children with serious medical needs; and, 5) making connections for friendship, global awareness and educational exchanges.

Contact address: Ms. Cecelia (Cec) Calhoun, President, Children of Chernobyl, U.S. Alliance, P.O.Box 213, Ellensburg, WA 98926; e-mail: cofcusa@ellensburg.com

Christ Episcopal Church Children of Chernobyl - is a Chernobyl charity in Alexandria, Virginia (USA). It was founded in 1992 by parishioner Joe Bailey as a ministry “To help the people, especially the children, of Belarus affected by the radiation of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.” A cornerstone of the program is to provide recuperative visits in the U.S. for the Belarusianchildren affected by radioactive fallout. Objectives of the Christ Church Children of Chernobyl ministry are to:

1) Offer a happy, safe, and nurturing environment for the bodies, minds, and spirits of the children whose families seek greater hope for the future. 2) Share the spiritual and material wealth of our community with the Belarusian community. 3) Work together with other churches and groups in a common cause of helping others in Belarus.

Contact address: Christ Episcopal Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314; Ph.: 703/549-1450; e-mail: outreach@historicchristchurch.org; Glen Hewitt - ebhewitt@gateway.net; Lou Codega - CodegaL@aol.com

Children of Chernobyl (Missouri Chapter)- is the Missouri Chapter of Chernobyl United States Charitable Fund based in Youngstown, Ohio. This year the Missouri Chapter hosted 7 children and interpreter for a recovery vacation..

Contact address: Jerry Pearson 207 W. Washington, Owensville, Missouri 65066, USA. E-mail: Joe Knable knablep@valunet.com or Jerry Pearson tpearson@fidnet.com

Chernobyl Children's Ministry- is American charity which has been active in the program by bringing children over to the Lookout Mountain/Chattanooga, TN area for the past ten years. Their sponsors include Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and many volunteers who work to make this program a success for respite care and medical and dental treatment.

Contact: Co-chairs Kathy Wilton and Eve Soltau e-mail: ssoltau@cdc.net

Children of Chernobyl, U.S. Charitable Fund offers respite care for affected children. Children of Chernobyl, P.O. Box 455, Campbell, OH 44405

Contact knablep@valunet.com Patti and Joe Knable

Children of Chernobyl Foundation- is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that brings 20-25 children to San Diego each summer for health respites. These children come from the Mozyr region of Belarus, which is about 1 hour from the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Our source of funding is primarily the sales of children's artwork, which is donated by talented artists from the School of Art in Minsk, Belarus. CofCF also depends on private and corporate donations. Local businesses such as Pageant of the Masters, Sea World, Legoland, The San Diego Zoo, and the Wave Waterpark support their project by offering free admission to their young visitors and host families.

Contact address: President: Patricia Lundeberg, MD, P.O. Box 721184, San Diego CA 92172-1184; Phone 858-780-8731; Email: info@givehopesandiego.org

Chernobyl Children's Project International- is one of the most successful US Chernobyl charities. They are super creative in collecting funds for their activity - from CD releases by renowned electronica star to the race horses wins on race tracks. Their enthusiasm and creativity are truly admirable. And all of these is being converted into a lot of help to Belarusian kids. This is a branch of a famous Irish charity of Ms. Adi Roche. In fact Ms. Adi Roche is Founder & International Executive Director of CCPI.

Contact info: Chernobyl Children's Project International, 217 East 86th Street, P MB #275, New York, NY 10028; e-mail: info@chernobyl-international.org

Global Family Alliance - is a U.S. Christian charity that seeks to improve the health of children affected by Chernobyl. Children are brought to the U.S. for a 6 week health respite and share the homes and hearts of host families in the Northwest, mostly Washington State. Our purpose is to give the children’s bodies a break from the radiation of Chernobyl, to provide lots of healthful food, dental work, vision screening and glasses if needed. Most important, the families here try to give the children lots of love and hope for the future. We have been inviting children to join our summer recuperation program since 2003.

Contact info: President-Sherry Smith, PO Box 27 Carlsborg, WA 98362; Ph.: 360-452-7977; E-mail sherry@globalfamilyalliance.org

Trust for Chernobyl Children (Kent and Surrey) - is a small registered American charity offering respite holidays to groups of children from Belarus. They have participated in small projects in Belarus and sent Christmas Shoeboxes to children in Belarusian orphanages and hospitals..

Contact: Yvonne Burdge email: trust4cc@aol.com

Children of Chernobyl Walla Walla - is an American charity started in 2004.They bring Belarusian kids to Washington state for 6-weeks recuperation from radiation contaminated environment.

Contact address: Children of Chernobyl Walla Walla Chapter, 213 W. Richmond Avenue, Dayton, Washington 99328; Tel.: 509-382-1236; e-mail: info@cofcww.org

CANADA

Canadian Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus Visit their home page to find out more about the help of Canadians to Belarusian children. It has much interesting information and even music and video.

Contact: Mrs. Maggie McLoed, Executive Director,190 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1R 6H4; Tel: +1 (613) 567-9595 (24 hr answering service); Fax: +1 (613) 567- 9971; Email: acrfcvb@cyberus.ca

Operation Belarus The University of Western Ontario dental care program for children of Chernobyl

Contact address is: Prof. Gerald Z. Wright (DENGZW@UWOADMIN.UWO.CA)

Canadian Aid for Chernobyl - is a non-profit, non-governmental charity organized to aid the victims of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident. particularly the children. Canadian Aid for Chernobyl does this through four programs: Children Visits; Medical Aid program; Orphanage supply program; Vitamin program. CAC has delivered 96 containers and over 25 million dollars in aid since 1998, making it the 3rd largest aid organization working in Belarus.

Contact: President Mr. Tom Shaw shawt@recorder.ca ; Communication Director Mr. Eric McKenzie. P.O. Box 244 Brockville, ON, K6V 5V5

Recovery for Chernobyl Children- is a Canadian charity based in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a small group committed to helping young victims ofChernobyl and their families. Their goal is to bring children to Nova Scotia for a summer respite, and to educate others aboutthe devastating effects that will linger for countless generations. This charity is in partnership with "Hope for the Future" in Minsk, Belarus.

Contact: Joanne Fraser recoveryforchernobyl@hotmail.com

Canadian Relief Fund for Chernobyl Victims in Belarus- is a Canadian charity based in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. They bring children to Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley, Surrey, and NorthVancouver for a 6 week health respite during the summer.

Contact: CRFCVB, Fraser Valley Group 9b3, British Columbia, Canada; Ph.: (604) 794-5920; e-mail: maalbers@shaw.ca

Canadian Friends of Chernobyl's Children- is a Canadian charity in Elmira Ontario Canada. For the past 8 years they have been bringing children from Belarus for a respite from the radiation. While here, they are seen by doctors, dentists and optometrists.

Contact: CFCC, 14 Queen Street, Elmira, Ontario N3B 1S8: Ph.: (519)669-8815; e-mail: thezinks@golden.net

Quinte's Children of Chernobyl- is a non-profit, charitable organization, formed in 1998 to provide medical and humanitarian aid to the children of Belarus and Ukraine. Our objective is to bring children from the contaminated areas for an eight week summer respite in the Quinte area

Contact address: Brenda Vader 273 Franham Rd. R. R. # 5 Belleville Ont. Canada K8N 4Z4; e-mail: qcoc@hotmail.com or darth-vader@sympatico.ca

Belarus' Children of Chernobyl - is a Canadian Charity, which provides respite care and humanitarian aid to the children of Belarus focusing on the Brest region.

Contacts: Pamela Ellens, President (tel.: (905) 328-1614), Dean Allison, Treasurer/Secretary (Tel.: (905) 933-3326), Arby Arbuckle, Vice President (tel.: (905) 563-3367), Dan Reininga, Director (telephone (716) 410-1612); Contact e-mail: info@BelarusChildrenofChernobyl.com

Canadian Aid for Chernobyl 2013 has a largenumber of initiatives including containers of food, child sponsorship and many others. PO box 1814 - Brockville ON +1 6133420810 +1 6133421634 hpreston@recorder.ca Mary Preston


Ottawa Valley Aid for Chernobyl Children Offers respite care and medical assistance. Box 1024, Richmond, ON, Canada K0A 2Z0 +1 613 838-2316 +1 613 838-5187 alex.kowalenko@bell.ca Krista A.Lake

GERMANY

Hilfe Fuer Die Kinder Von Tschernobyl is a German "Children of Chernobyl" organization bringing medicines and toys to affected children and orphans

Contact address is: Hilfe Fuer Die Kinder Von Tschernobyl, Remco und Monika Castner, Pestalozzistr buero@tschernobyl-verein-jena.de

Ottawa Valley Aid for Chernobyl Children is a German Chernobyl Relief organization located in Lenggries, Bavaria about 40 miles south of Munich. It is supporting a Belarusian hospital with medicaments and bringing Chernobyl children to Germany for recovery. Visit their web site to find out more. Contact: Tschernobyl Hilfe Initiative Lenggries/Jachenau, c/o Christine Gabor, Weidenlohstrafle 6, 83661 Lenggries, Tel.:08042/8880 - 08042/2191; FAX :08042/98211; no e-mail contact at the moment.

Kinder aus Tschernobyl in Herford

The German charity "Kinder aus Tschernobyl in Herford" cooperates with the school No 1 in Mosyr, Belarus. Every year a group of thirty pupils visits Herford County for convalescing from living in a contaminated area. The pupils are between 9 and 13 years old. Furthermore the charity collects money to buy some medicine (vitamins) for all pupils at the school no 1 and to buy some medical gadgets for the hospital in Mosyr.

Contact address is: Kinder aus Tschernobyl in Herford e.V., Kleine Gartenstr. 15, D-32051 Herford, Germany Contact e-mail: Mr. Andreas Krueger A.Krueger@Bionic.zerberus.de

Freundeskreis Tschernobyl - is a German relief organization, located in the north of Hamburg. Every year - since 1993 - a group of 25 children from an orphanage in Retschitza (Gomel) visits Hasloh for environmental retreat.

Furthermore they collect money to transport different things - food, clothes and medicine - to the area of Chernobyl. Their homepage shows entire organization, the orphanage, Gomel and the Chernobyl-area. It has information about Belarus and news of the group activities. At the moment just in German.

Contact address: Peter KrÆger, 25474 Hasloh Tel.: +49 04106 2848 or Raimund Schmid, 25474 Hasloh, Tel.: +49 04106 5417; e-mail: raimund.schmid@desy.de

Tschernobyl-Initiative in der Propstei Scho[[enstedt e.V. - is a German Chernobyl charity. It was found in 1994 with the goal to help people in Belarus, who suffer from the Disaster of Chernobyl, and to inform German people about the disaster.

Contact address: Tschernobyl-Initative in der Propstei Schoeppenstedt e.V., Irene und Paul Koch, Hauptstr. 34, 38170 Uehrde/Watzum, Germany; Tel.:(0 53 32) 62 26, Fax: (0 53 32) 62 05; email: Tschernobyl-Initiative.Schoepp@Onlinehome.de

BELGIUM

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Vlamingen Helpen Tjsernobylkinderen VZW - is a Belgian Chernobyl helping organization. They bring Belarusian children exposed to radiation for rehabilitation to their contamination-free country.

Contact address: Vlamingen helpen Tsjernobylkinderen V.Z.W., Warandestraat 20, 8640 Vleteren; Tel & fax : 00-32-57423615 e-mail : vht@pbc.be or Dr. Rik Vercruysse rikvercruysse@skynet.be

O.K.I.N. (Opvang Kinderen In Nood) - is a Chernobyl helping organization in Sint-Truiden, Belgium. Brings children to Belgium for respite care

Contact: O.K.I.N., p.a. Mr. Ruyloft Willy, Metserenweg 31, B3803 Sint-Truiden; ph.: 32-11-682515 and e-mail contact person is Mr. Mesens Robert, phone 32-16-698083 info@okin.be

Tsjernobylslachtoffers - is a charity organization in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, helping children victims of the Chernobyl disaster.

Contact: Mr. Bernard Rodeyns, Schepen Dejonghstraat 34, B-3800 SINT-TRUIDEN Tel: +32 11 692224; Fax: +32 11 696794; E-mail: host@skynet.be

Accueil Tchernobyl asbl - association is Belgian association located in French-speaking region. It is devoted to hosting of the children - victims of Chernobyl. Visit their Internet sites (currently in French language only): http://enfants-de-tchernobyl.be

Contact address: Mr. Eric Mortier, 97 rue de la Garenne, 7608 Wiers, Belgium. Tel +32-69-772483; Fax +32-69-771578; e- mail : ass.inf@pronet.be

Tsjernobyl-Kinderen is a Belgian Chernobyl helping organization. They offer a health holiday of one of two months in summer time to Belarusian children exposed to radiation in their contaminated-free country.

Contact address: Een Hart voor Tsjernobyl-Kinderen vzw Elsbosken 1, B-2547 Lint Belgium Tel 0032(0)34558695 e-mail marikaleysen@euphonynet.be

Les Enfants de Chernobyl Arranges respite visits for affected children. Based at 36 Rue Great - 1450 Cortil Noirmont - Belgium

Contact Nina Stein +32 81 601497 +32 81 601497 nina.stein@swing.be

Association Belgo-Biélorusse pour les Enfants de Tchernobyl - A.S.B.L This association is a Belgian Chernobyl helping organization created in November 1999. It's located in French-speaking region. It received Belarus children from Gomel and Klimovitchi in summer for one month. These children go for a sojourn into a Belgium family to improve health.

Contact address: BEL-A.S.B.L., rue Marache 16, B-5031 GRAND-LEEZ, BELGIUM; phone and fax : 00-32-81-640729 Email : bel.asbl@belgacom.net or charles.deleuse@belgacom.net

HOLLAND

Tsjerkin - is a Dutch organization started in Twente-East Holland in 1992. They are helping children's hospitals in Minsk and Mogilev and bringing children from Krasnopolje for recovery. At this time Tsjerkin has moved to Deventer in the East of Holland. Tsjerkin still: brings goods to Belarus; runs Children’s Travels once every two years; runs programs for Belarusian students in The Netherlands.

Contact: Elzo Springer (elzo@wxs.nl or w.brinkie@12move.nl

Pax Christi Kinderhulp (PCK) - is a Dutch organization founded in 1961. This organization helps children around the World. In 1998 they brought 120 children from Mogilev for recovery (7 weeks) in the city of Arnhem; including going school. In the year 2000 there were 48 children in the town of Arnhem for 6 weeks. They have had a wonderful time.

Contact address: Pax Christi Kinderhulp; part Poland and Belarus, chairman: Jan M.H. Jongen, Woudhuizerallee 12, 7325 ZP Apeldoorn, Holland; tel. 0031 55 3601512; fax 0031 55 3602434; mob 06 22493797; e-mail: jongenjm@wxs.nl

Stichting Rusland Kinderhulp- is a Dutch organization founded in 1993. They have more than 20 branches and give support to more than twenty other branches in Netherlands. The activities of Stichting Rusland Kinderhulp range from bringing Belarusian kids to Netherlands to actively going to Belarus and conducting several agricultural projects with schools, rebuilding international schools for abandoned children, building a plant for handicapped persons in Gomel,

Contact: Cor-Hein Slobbe, Emminkhuizen 27, 334 BE Zwijndr Netherlands; Tel.: 078-6106561; e-mail info@ruslandkinderhulp.nl

Chernobyl Children Support Mission- is a new charity in Holland working now for 2 years, bringing children to Holland from all over Belarus. They have children staying in Dutch, English, American and German families living in Holland. They also send humanitarian aid to Minsk

Contact: Chairman Mrs.J Kendall ccsm@hetnet.nl

Stichting Hulp Tsjernobylkinderen Lelystad (Foundation Help Chernobyl Children Lelystad)- is a Dutch organization founded in 1998. They invite groups of children from Klimovichi area (Mahilyow voblast ;) to stay in the Lelystad area. Since 1996, every year several guest parents re-invite their guest children during the summer holidays. Besides, the Foundation supports Klimovichi local actions for the elderly, for schools and for a church (all with help of churches in Lelystad and other friendly organizations).

Contact: Stichting Hulp Tsjernobylkinderen Lelystad, Ria Kodde, Langevelderslag 64, 8223 PE Lelystad; Ph.: +31 320 242 361; e-mail: bestuur@tsjernobylkinderen.nl

Stichting Weeskinderen Zhlobin`(Foundation for Orphans Zhlobin) is a Dutch charity foundation helping the Global Boarding school and Children`s hospital in Zhlobin, Gomel Voblasc' for over ten years now. You can read in their website about the work of `Stichting Weeskinderen Zhlobin`(Foundation for Orphans Zhlobin) in this school for almost 300 children.

Contact: Mr. Norbert Ruiter, Public Relations Foundation ruiter704@zonnet.nl

Stichting Toekomst (Engl: Foundation 'Future').- is a Dutch organization helping children and youth in the Stolin Region (Bresckaja vobl.). They work near the Ukrainian border, in the city Stolin and the little villages around it, like Retsitsia and Terebeshov. They help schools with good materials and set up projects together. E.g. in 2005 they implemented a new computer class in School No 2 in Stolin, which is open for the children of the school, but also - after school time - for others, like children's parents and neighbours of the school; now they work on a project to finance and realize new sports and fitness class, also in Stolin. Youth is a countries future!

Contact address: E-mail info@stichtingtoekomst.nl

DENMARK

Friendship over Borders (Venskab over Grænser) - is a Danish organization working with Belarusian Charitable Fund for the Children of Chernobyl since 1993. Venskab is bringing Belarusian children affected by Chernobyl for recovery to Denmark.

Contact: Mr. Allan Meyer, Vinkelhuse 1, DK-2770 Kastrup, Denmark. E-mail: venskab@venskab.dk or Mr. Per Svensen / CEN Ph.: 32313798 E-mail: pesv@cen.cph.dk

ITALY

There are a large number of small, but very worthwhile, charities doing important work in Italy. I don’t have complete details on them all (in some cases just names) but will update the list as info becomes available.

Un Sorriso per Chernobyl (Smile for Chernobyl Children) - since 1994, this Italian no-profit organization, hosted more than1000 children from Belarus by Italian families in Piedmont (North Italy) for 1/2 months. Every 6 months, Smile fund organizes a humanitarian convoy of 6- 8 trucks from Biella to South Belarus to bring a lot of humanitarian help and medical instruments to the villages of Rovenskaya Sloboba and Babichi (near Rechitza).

The contact address: Davide Barazzotto, President "Un Sorriso per Chernobyl", Via Trossi 9, 13069 Vigliano, Biella, Italy; Phone: +39-15-811- 811; Fax: +39-15-811- 838; e-mail: sorriso.chernobyl@medialog.it

A.N.P.AS. (National Association of Public Assistances) - is an Italian voluntary organization helping children of Chernobyl.

The A.N.P.AS. contact address is anpas@dinonet.it

Aiutiamoli A Vivere (Let's help them living)- this charity organization in Italy is giving hospitality to Belarusian children:

Address: Via Podgora 12 * I - 05100 TERNI, Italy; e-mail: Fondaav@tin.it Belarusian office address: 4 Chicherina st. MINSK, Belarus.

Italian Chernobyl Charity in Napoli-was started by a group of Italian families in 1996 in Napoli. They are bringing Belarusian children from radiation affected areas for recovery.

Contact: Mr. Enrico Conte, e-mail fche@libero.it

Comitato per L'Accoglienza dei Bambini di Chernobyl- Italian charity organization helping Belarusian children in Zhlobin area, Gomel voblast:

Contact address: OSCAR35@SUPEREVA.IT

Associazione Garda Solidale O.N.L.U.S. - is an Italian Chernobyl Charity organization, that brings children affected by Chernobyl radiation from Homel' region for vacations and recuperation in Italy. They place Belarusian kids to live in Italian families.

Contact address: Viale Michelangelo 65, Desenzano del Garda (BS) 25015; Tel. 0309912274 - 0309141009 - Fax 0309158587 - 03075731179; Tel. Sede Bielorussa - 00375-297 - 615424. On-line contact.

Progetto Humus - is an Italian Chernobyl Charity organization Their web site is one of the most important Italian portals about Chernobyl and nuclear matters. There are some English translated parts but most is in Italian/Russian. They are arranging work on both the collapsing roof over no. 4 reactor at Chernobyl and heavily contaminated land at Fukushima in Japan.

English: http://www.progettohumus.it/Presentazione/EnProject/EnProject.php?np=0 Contact address: Massimo Bonfatti info@mondoincammino.org

Forum per i diritti dei Bambini Arrangesrespite visits for children.Based in Via Aminale 38 - Terni contact P.Paolo Marconi 0744 421910 432233 0744435046 marconi.pietropaolo@enel.it

Un Sorriso per Chernobyl Arranges respite visits for children. Via Felice Trossi 9 - 13856 Vigliano (Biella) 015 811811 015 811888 smile@stilgrafica.it Contact Davide Barazzotto

Ass Bambini di Chernobyl ACQUALAGNA -Arranges respite visits for children.V.le Risorgimento 16 - 61041 Acqualagna (Pesaro) 0721 798515 0721798154 Mario Marchetti

Ass. Cicogna - Via Villa Elce29/a - Arranges respite visits for children Lanciano (CH) 0872/ 46181 0872702332 cicogna@iol.it Vittorio Salvatore

Ass. Insieme per un Futuro migliore Arranges assistance with clothing, medical equipment and dentistry.Via 3 Novembre 27 - Nomi (Trento) 0464 834623 0464 834623 Marilena Ferrarini

Ass. Madonna dei sette veli Offers remedial visits for up to 23 children. Via Manzoni, 164 - 71100 Foggia 0881/740603 m.dademo@netcast.ipsoa.it Michele D’Adelmo

Ass. Noi per Loro Via V. Veneto 14 - Cameri (NO) 0321 518093 0321 517292 fmirco@libero.it Anna Bagnati

Ass.Pesarese di Solidarietà Via Cialdini (Pesaro) 0721735530 0721 34026 Daniela Valenti

Ass. San Michele Arcangelo V.le 1°Maggio 27 - Foggia 0881637076 0881708751 corvino@tin.it Ferdinando Corvino

Ass. Senza Confini Via Martiri del XXI Pinerolo TO 0348 7210648 0121902451 0121371133 santoro@newsoft.it alexsantoroalex@tiscalinet.it Alessandro Santoro

Ass. V.C.O. Aiuta Via Cappuccina 6 - Domodossola VB 0324 45298 0324 47879 castellano@ossola.it Giancarlo Castellano

Associazione PUER via G. Di Bel Monte 14 ROMA 06-5614092 06-55285370 Roberto Lai

Canelli per i bambini del mondo Parrocchia S.Cuore - Canelli (AT) 0141 831154 0141 831154 Matteo Chiapella

Chernobyl Ceggia Via degli Olmi 60 - 31040 Cessalto (TV) 0421 327707

Comitato Cozzo Via Maestra 17 Cozzo (PV) 0384 74315 038474315 Haskalevitch Liudmila

Comitato Monteforte Via De Gaspari Monteforte D’Alpone VR 0456100688 0456100688 Roberto Tosin

Comitato Monteforte d’Alpone VR Via Dante 142 37032 Monteforte D’Alpone VR 045 6100688 045 6100688 Roberto Tosin

Comitato Suzzara Via Marzole 47 - 46029 Suzzara (MN) 0376-531713 0376-531713 Gino Motta

Comune DI Montottone Corso V. III 34 - 63020 Montottone (AP) 0734-775256 0734-775256

Comune di Pennabilli P.za Montefeltro 3 - 61016 Pennabilli (Pesaro) 0541-928362 0541-928362

Europromo Forum for the rights of children of Chernobyl Via Alterocca, 12, Tel. 0744/441176,

Palestrina BLUE TREE-Volunteer AssociationHaspurchased and supplied furniture, beds and re-decoration for orphanages in affected areas. Blue Tree Onlus, c/o Studio Chiari, Via Beatrice of Lorraine, 34/2, 42026 Ciano d'enza (Reggio Emilia), chiagilb@tin.it

Fond. Aiutiamoli a Vivere Chivasso (TO) Arranges remedial visits for children with medical and dental checks. Via Casale 18 0119106847 piero.bonardo@cselt.it Pierdomenico Bonardo

Forum p.d.b. Savona Via Rocca di Legino 1 - 17100 Savona 019-801337 019-808268 Liliana Garzoglio

Genitori perAccoglienza

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Girotondo Gassino C.so Italia 86 - Gassino Torinese (TO) 0119606738 0119813312 prinetto@chiusella.polito.it Anna Rapalino

I have a Dream Via Aldo Moro 38 - 71042 Cerignola (FG) 0885425758 0885425758

Il Girotondo Bolzano Via Rismondo 8 - Bolzano 0471-287080 0471-287080 fabriziopoli@mail.omnitel.it ; fagipoli@tin.it Fabrizio Poli

Insieme per Chernobyl Via Andrea Colla 41 - 17014 Cairo Montenotte (SV) 019 502213 019 502213 corallo@athena.polito.it Davide Corallo

L’Arca Progetto Speranza Via C. Battisti 65 - 63021 Amandola AP 0736 848160 0736 847005 Anna Gubelli

L’Arca Servigliano Via Bramante 11 - 63029 Servigliano (AP) 0734 710619; 0734710619; arcaservigliano@hotmail.com Rossana Berini

Legambiente soldarietà Via B. Buozzi 13 - Grosseto; 0564 22130; 0564 414948; chernobyl@gol.it Massimo Bonfatti

Noi per loro Marano T. Via del porto - C.na Molino MARANO TICINO (NO); 0321-97445; 0321-97445; fmirco@libero.it Fagioli Mirco

Operazione Chernobyl Rimini Via del Crocifisso 17 - Rimini; 0541 770187; 0541 770187; qnnbe@tin.it Paolo Bernardi

Parrocchia di Corinaldo Viale dietro le Monache 1 - Corinaldo (AN); 071-67009; 071-67009 Don Umberto Mattioli

Parrocchia S.Emiliano Paolo Rizzo Via Livorno F. 41 S.Antonino - 13040 Saluggia (VC); 0161-402250 Paolo Rizzo

PUER Nazionale P.za Mazzini 8 - 00195 Roma; 06 32650323; 06 36001447; puer.rm@libero.it Roberto Lai

Solidarietà per l’infanzia S.Benedetto d.t. via de Amicis 7 0735-594632 0735-583905 Rossana Pompei

Unicef delegaz. Piemonte C.so del Piazzo 14 BIELLA 015-23256 015-23256 Carlo Calliano

Unione Italiana Genitori Via Cavour 108 - 00184 Roma 0368 3967885 06 5122607 Donatella Poselli

Uniti per la Vita Via Doglie 15 - Ercolano - Napoli 081 7773275 081 7773275 uniti.ercolano@iol.it Nicola Florio

Valle Belbo per un mondo migliore c/o: Spedialieri Tonino - Via Gramsci 13 - 14049 Nizza Monf. (AL) 0141 702497 0141 721620 Tonino Spedalieri

Vita Chernobyl Vi. Grossere II, 18 - Vigliano Biellese BI 015 511748 015 511748Giovanni Giannin Senza Confini

Via Tre Novembre - 38060 Nomi (Trento) 04648346230464834623 liross@tiscalinet.it Marilena Baldo

Associazione La Rondine - is Italian charity, that provides social and humanitarian aid, organizing recreation programs in Italy for children from families living in the radiation-affected areas or families being resettled and establishing and implementing social and youth programs involving the Belarusian public. Associone La Rondine is a permanent member of The International Council for the Future of the Children of Chernobyl.

Contact address: President: Sergio Bollini, Via Mozart, 20, 20021 Bollate (MI), Italy; Phone: +39 02 33300735; Fax: +39 02 33300735; e-mail: info@larondine.it

SPAIN

Catalonian organization - is an organization in Catalonia, Spain dedicated to helping the victims of Chernobyl. .They take an average of 55 Belarusian children each year to recover in the village of Masquefa.

e-mail contact: Mr. Josep Olivella jmolivella@logiccontrol.es

A Cultural Association of Help to Belarusian Children- is Spanish charity helping Belarusian children - victims of Chernobyl radioactive catastrophe to fight the radiation induced health problems.

Contact address: Christ of the Light nº3 C.P 45003 Toledo Spain. Tel.: 34-925-376112; 34-925-353012; E-mail: Chairman Mr. Ildefonso Utrilla iug00001@teleline.es , Fund's secretary ELISAJE2@terra.es

Federación de ONGs familias solidarias - is Spanish organization hosting Belarusian children from Mogilev area for recovery from the effects of radioactive contamination of the environment on their health.

Contact address: C.ra Castellar km 20,300 Terrassa - Espana; Tel.: +34 937 870119, +34 937 870340; e-mail: moguilev_2000@geocities.com or Mr. Josep Campos Rius athc@athc.es

Fundación Herencia de Chernobil - is a Spanish charity founded in March 1997. which helps Belarusian children affected by Chernobyl radioactive catastrophe to fight the radiation induced health problems.

Contact address: Apdo. de correos 412, 18690 Almuñécar, Granada, España. Tel.: +34 958 63 90 11; Fax: +34 958 63 91 36; e-mail: info@acogida.org

Asociaciyn Pro Ninos Del Mundo De Alcorcyn - is a Spanish charity that helps Belarusian kids affected by Chernobyl radiation.

Contact: Asociaciyn Pro Ninos Del Mundo De Alcorcyn, Pza. Principes de Espana s/n (Iglesia), Apartado de Correos 2065, 28924, Alcorcyn, Madrid, Spain; Ph.: 91-804-5218; e-mail: mbero@jet.es

Atletic Terrassa H.C. C.ra Castellar km 20,300 Terrassa - Espana +34 937 870119 +34 937 870340 athc@athc.es Josep Campos Rius

Ajuntamento de Masquefa contact tel +34937726510

Ass. Torrena contact tel +34925795432

Consell Comarcal Pl. Sant Miguel 5 - 08700 Igualada (Anoia) +34 938 051585 +34 938 050611 mf@cconline.es Manel Ferrer

ONG IZAKI C/z Apartari 15 - Salvatierra (Alava) Spain +34 945 300155 945 312024 Patxi Coronel

Parroquia de la Sagrada Familia contact tel+34945132154

Parroquia S.Isidro Paseo Rollo 51 - San Isidro de Salamanca (SA) +34 923 248682 +34 923 183433 comenius@iponet.es Isidoro Ramos Domingo

Parroquia S.Maria del Castillo c/ Viento 1 - 28540-Perales de Tajuña (Madrid) España+34 91 874 80 63 +34918886294 pascual@obispadoalcala.org Pascual Moya Moya

Amici del Bambino Morbegno (Sondrio) contact tel +0341933892

JAPAN

Kakehashi To Chernobyl - a Japanese voluntary NGO providing assistance to the people affected by the Chernobyl disaster by inviting Chernobyl children to Japan to recover their health. The "Kakehashi To Chernobyl" contact address is: 1-17, Minami 17-jyo Nishi 7-chome, Cyuou-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 064-0917 JAPAN; TEL/FAX:+81-11-511-3680; E-mail to Mr. Shinichi Noro at zi2s-nr@asahi-net.or.jp

SWITZERLAND


Swiss organization - is a group of business students at IMD in Switzerland that have got together in order to find ways of helping the population in Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia to fight the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster.

Contact: Mr. Ronald Tabaksblat at tabaksblat@imd.ch

RTSI Svizzera 6903 Lugano - not sure what their role is as this is a radio/television company. +41 91 9453546 +41 91 9453546 eandreoli@vtx.ch Vladimir Tchertkoff

NORWAY

Lions Clubs -several Lions Clubs have been established in Belarus with their sponsors in Norway, Germany and Denmark. The members of these clubs are helping Belarusians to fight their horrible radioactive inheritance. Please visit their homepage in Norway to find out more.

Contact address: Einar Lyngar, Coordinator, 2390 Moelv, Norway; e-mail contact: Mr. Lorin Yeaton lyngar@eunet.no

SWEDEN


Chernobyl Kids - is a Swedish community that have started the relief work during the summer of 1998 when a group of 26 Belarusian children from Iwenets region (60 km sw of Minsk) stayed in their community for three weeks..

Contact: Mr. Stig Strandberg, e- mail contact: stig.strandberg@swipnet.se

FRANCE

Association Les Enfants de Tchernobyl - is a French Chernobyl relief organization. They are helping Chernobyl children affected by radioactive contamination.

Contact: Les Enfants de Tchernobyl, 110 bis avenue d'Italie, F-75013 Paris, France; Tél : +33 (0)1 45 89 20 06; Fax : +33 (0)1 45 80 24 15; E- mail contact: info@world-address.com

Patrimoine sans Frontières - is a French Chernobyl relief organization, which currently leads actions in Brahin, Slauharad, Charchersk and Stolin with schools, in relation with the creation and helping the people for conserving the memory of lost villages (it was their demands).

Contact address: Guillaume Kasperski, Délégué Général, Patrimoine sans Frontières, 61 rue François Truffaut, 75012 Paris, France; Tél.: (33-1) 40 02 05 90; Fax : (33-1) 40 02 05 91; Email: guillaume.kasperski@patrimsf.org

LUXEMBOURG

Eclaireurs et Eclaireuses Sans Frontieres -Old scouts of Luxembourg help the Regional Hospital in Dziatlava / Hrodna Region with all sorts of medicaments, vitamins, clinical furniture (clinical beds, apparatus etc.). They have financed a girl's cancer operation in Munich in 2000, as well as a dental surgical intervention in 2003 on a cerebral-spastical handicapped boy of 17 years. They organize yearly 2 humanitarian convoys to that Regional Hospital of Dziatlava, with medicaments they get from the Pharmaciens sans Frontières.

Contact address: ECLAIREURS ET ECLAIREUSES SANS FRONTIERES, c/o KIEWERLECKEN a.s.b.l, p.a. Alfred GUILLON, 48, rue de StrassenL-8094 BERTRANGE / Luxembourg; Tél: 00352 31 98 02: Fax: 00352 318 311; -mail:aguillon@pt.lu

BELARUS

Belarusian Charitable Fund for the Children of Chernobyl is a Belarusian organization in Minsk - the capital of Belarus.

Contact address is: Belarusian Charitable Fund for the Children of Chernobyl, Starovilenskaya Str. 14, Minsk 220029, Belarus. Contact the Chairman Mr. Gennady Groushevoi at bbf@charity.belpak.minsk.by

Medicine and Chernobyl - is a Belarusian organization working with international charity organizations to fight the consequences of Chernobyl.

Contact address: Ms. Olga A. Volmyanskaya, Ph.D., Medicine and Chernobyl, care of: Belarusian Medical Society for Charity Initiative, Kazintsa str. 122-31, Minsk 220064, Belarus Telephone/Fax (Dialling direct from U.S.): 011-7-0172-77-83-25

Belarusian Republican Fund "Together to a Better Future" - is a Belarusian organization working with International charity organizations for the past 7 years and helping kids from Homel area.

Contact address: Mr. Sergei Stankevich, Tikockogo st.34-2, 220119 Minsk, Belarus ph/fax:375-17-263-7632; 375-17-263-3838. E-mail: sse@ifm.belpak.minsk.by

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Trace of Chernobyl - is Belarusian non-profit non-government charity organization helpingvictims of Chernobyl and people, especially children from contaminated areas ofGomel and its Region. The organization works with people in emergency situations, Children’s Homes and Orphanages. They have warehouses and room for keeping humanitarian aid and equipment, for loading and unloading. They are licenced for humanitarian work and recuperationof children outside Belarus

Contact: Mrs.Raisa Strogovets,12 Katununa Str.,Gomel 246017 Belarus; Tel\fax: 375 232 720 515, E-mail: root@strogovets.belpak.gomel.by

Pomogi Sebe Sam ("Get Help On Your Own") - is Belarusian Non-Government Citizen Association uniting handicapped "liquidators" - mostly medical doctors - who have participated in the containment operation of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster. They are looking for the contacts with similar Western associations for an exchange of knowledge and experience. Their main purpose is getting assistance in diagnosis and cure to their colleagues and themselves from the injuries occurred during Chernobyl Disaster Containment.

Contact address: Taisia Stasiukevich, M.D., mikr. "Molodjozny" d. 84, 247400 Svietlahorsk, Homielskaja voblasc', Belarus; Tel. (Svietlahorsk) 2-13-82; e-mail: a.serka@gmx.net

Navapolacak. Chernobyl - Help - is a Belarusian NGO (license #784, issued on 07/13/00). This Chernobyl charity in Navapolacak, Belarus, is looking for cooperation with other Chernobyl charities around the World.

Contact: President Peter Luzgin, "Navapolacak. Chernobyl-Help", Parkavaia vul. 1, Suite 1, Navapolacak 211440, Belarus; Tel.: (8-0214) 55-32-48, FAX: (8-0214) 52-15-88; e-mail: kua@druzhba.ru

Independent Children’s Aid Moskovskaya st. 18 - 220001 Minsk (Belarus) +375 172 263636 +375 172 228003 julia@indchild.belpak.minsk.by Tatiana Kot

Insieme per un Futuro Migliore Tikotskogo st. 34-2 - Minsk 220119 +375 172 633838 +375 172 637632 sse@ifm.belpak.minsk.By Sergei Stankievich

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Inevitably politics reared its ugly head while caring, kind people elsewhere in the world were doing their absolute best to relieve the suffering of these special, but unfortunate children. It was always going to be a certainty that at some stage a child would not want to go back to the deprivation and contamination or the kind family could not bear to part with them. Indeed this is exactly what happened. In September 2008 a 16yr old girl by the name of Tanya Kazyra from Borisov, Belarus on her 9th visit to Debra Zapata and her family in Petaluma, California, refused to go home, a decision supported by Debra.

Each year, some 1,400 children from the Chernobyl region, who were affected by the 1986 nuclear accident, are offered six-week summer respites with U.S. host families, as well as health, vision and dental care. Tanya was one of 25 young people to visit the Bay Area as part of a local programme.

The officials from Belarus were furious, as indeed were the organisers of the respite programme as this broke all the terms of the agreement and jeopardised the care for 40/60,000 needy children all over the world. As feared the reaction from the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, was to ban visits to all countries involved in the scheme including the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.

Long diplomatic discussions were entered into between all countries and Belarus and eventually 8 months later in May 2009 the trips could resume again.

In the UK we suffered from the sort of petty officialdom for which our UK Border Agency are famed. Although the vast majority of the children are from Belarus and allowed in without visas those from the Ukraine must pay £86 each. The UK takes at least 1,200 Ukrainian children each year which deducts some £103,000 from available funds. The UK Border Agency has defended its decision to charge the Ukrainian children.

Finally, although the world and Belarus, Ukraine and Russia in particular, suffered catastrophic human and environmental damage, it gives a little hope that so many people, from all walks of life, are willing to devote their money, time and compassion to help those in such need.

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      Deforest 4 years ago from USA

      Very good hub. We talk about nuclear energy only as an energy but never as a danger for the population. Thank you for the facts that support the idea for a change of energy. I read yesterday that thorium maybe the solution, what do you think?

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear maxoxam41,

      Thank you for your comment. I still feel that properly funded, with high quality management nuclear power is still a viable power source until cold fusion is perfected. I don't have enough info on thorium to express an opinion.

      kind regards Peter

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Good hub on an important topic. I travelled to the Soviet Union in 1987, less than a year after the tragedy and sometimes have wondered about health effects on not only those who live there but also those who visited, even for short stays. At least visitors could go back home to relative safety, whereas these children did not have the luxury. Glad there is help for them. Oddly enough, as a child I also lived not too far from Three Mile Island post-event.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear FlourishAnyway

      Thank you for your comments. Except for the first month or so after the accident, brief visitors should suffer no ill effects, particularly if returning to a clean country. However, tens of thousands who must continue to live in a contaminated area will, without doubt, suffer various cancers etc unless they can move away. The Soviet Union, as was, like many others who spend money on arms etc are relatively poor when it comes to the well being of their ordinary people. In the US, UK and other European countries we are well-off in comparison and obviously show more compassion than their own leaders.

      Your experience with Three Mile Island only goes to show however clever and advanced we think we are, we are a split second from major disaster.

      Kind regards Peter

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      MaryBeth Walz 2 years ago from Maine

      What a tragic event. The repercussions through the web of human activities have been felt in the most unlikely places. Our small city has a refugee resettlement program and so our white-bread city has turned into a multicultural center of diversity. My husband worked with a dear man who's wife had been exposed during an outside family gathering downwind from the disaster. She died, here in the US, of radiation related cancer. She left a lovely husband and daughter.

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      Peter Geekie 2 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear mbwalz,

      Thank you for your comments.

      The repercussions of this disaster will be felt for many centuries to come and still we don't learn. The actions of your small city is to be commended.

      kind regards Peter

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