Message From Our Founder

ADI ROCHE

I started working on Chernobyl in 1986 in the immediate aftermath of the accident and formally founded Chernobyl Children International (CCI) in 1991. My life’s work has been to develop programmes that restore hope, alleviate suffering and protect current and future generations in the Chernobyl regions. CCI is founded on hope and courage: the hope that the children—one by one and heartbeat by heartbeat—will thrive; and the courage to envision and create a better world.

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We can’t ignore the latest generation of Chernobyl victims…

There may be an impression that Chernobyl is something which happened a very long time ago and no longer poses a threat to the world but the reality of the situation is very, very different. Chernobyl is not something from the past, Chernobyl “is forever”. The impact of that single shocking nuclear accident can never be undone; its radioactive footprint is embedded in our world forever and countless millions of people are still being affected by its deadly legacy. We must not abandon these future generations.

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About

OUR HISTORY



A desperate appeal, made by Belarusian and Ukrainian doctors, was sent by fax and received by Adi Roche, then a volunteer with a nuclear disarmament group, in January 1991. The message was simple and to the point, begging someone—anyone—to take the children away from Chernobyl’s highly toxic and radioactive environment so that their bodies had some chance of recovery.

By the time this fax was sent, five years had passed since the nuclear disaster. The world had already started to forget about the millions of children and adults forced to live with its lethal after-effects. Many people believed that the danger was over, that the threat had been contained. In fact, the effects of intense radiation, mass displacement, poverty and lack of medical treatment continued to create intolerable conditions for the inhabitants of Belarus, Western Russia and the Ukraine.

 

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Our Voluntary Board of

Directors

Adi-Roche

Adi RocheFounder & Humanitarian Activist

Ali-Hewson-director-CCI

Ali HewsonIrish activist and business woman.

Peter Lacey-Chernobyl

Peter LacyChartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience.

Helen-Faughnan-Director-CCI

Helen FaughnanAssistant Secretary within the Department of Social Protection

bill-keary-CCI

William KearyBusinessman and Managing Director of Cork based Keary's Motors.

Noel-Kelly-Chernobyl-CI

Noel KellyManaging Director of NK Management talent agency

Liz-ODonnell-Chernobyl-CI

Liz O’DonnellFormer Politician and former Minister for Foreign Affairs

Ann-o-neill-CCI

Ann O’NeillSolicitor specialising in Family Law

"SOS APPEAL. FOR GOD'S SAKE, HELP US TO GET THE CHILDREN OUT."