Sometimes, it takes just two hands to take away the pain and fear.
Chernobyl Children International (CCI) was formally established by Adi Roche in 1991 to give support and hope to children living in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear disaster.
On the 26th of April 1986 Chernobyl was the scene of the world’s worst nuclear disaster when an explosion at a newly built nuclear power plant unleashed 200 times more radioactivity than the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombs and affected forever the lives of 7 million people. That explosion released just 3% of the radioactive material in the Chernobyl reactor into the atmosphere; the remaining 97% , contained only by a deteriorating concrete shell, remains inside the damaged reactor and continues to be one of the world’s most dangerous “ticking time-bombs”.
CCI’s medical care programme in Children’s Institutions has transformed the approach to the care of children in Belarus. As well as significantly improving the quality of life and medical care for the children, the programme provides employment and skills training to more than 20 health professionals and nurses on staff who dedicate their lives to working with 170 incarcerated children in an institution.
Cardiac Programme, Kharkiv Ukraine
Four-year-old Artem has come a long way in a year!
War refugee Artem received lifesaving open-heart surgery in December as part of our Flying Doctors Cardiac Mission. He has already made a strong recovery. The past year has seen great changes in Artems life, from a desolate orphan wandering a war torn country to having a fully functioning new heart and a new, safe, loving home. This is Artem’s story.
The Outreach Volunteer
Trina, a volunteer from Dublin, became involved with Chernobyl Children International after seeing a documentary on RTE about the effects of the disaster on the area’s children. She emailed the head office to see what she could do to help, and found herself taking a lead role in fundraising and organising Rest and Recuperation holidays for Belarusian children.
After a few years of volunteering, Trina had the opportunity to visit Belarus and see for herself the communities her fundraising and volunteering efforts had helped.
The Bee Keepers
Ninety-nine percent of the land in Belarus has been contaminated to above internationally acceptable levels as a result of the Chernobyl explosion. The contamination will not fade: plutonium, one of the radioactive elements released, has a half-life of 24,400 years.
The original 30-kilometre contaminated exclusion zone has now been expanded to 70 kilometres. This expanded zone is called ‘Death Valley’ by the locals. It is the world’s most radioactive environment, in which 2,000 towns and villages will lie eerily silent and uninhabited forever.
Community Care Programme, Belarus
Lida and Nadezha
Nadezhda was 19 years old, single, and had just given birth to a seriously disabled girl. When the authorities took Lida away from her, she started a six year “war” to get her daughter back. And Chernobyl Children International was there to help.
Today Lida is 8 years old and lives in one bedroom of a two bedroom flat in Minsk, Belarus. Mother and daughter share quarters with her grandmother, two aunts, and a cousin. Nadezhda compresses Lida’s chest so that she can suction out mucus.
Nursing Programmes - Vesnova
Dasha and Tatiana
“I’m not a complainer. That’s pointless. But it seems like nothing is ever easy for us.” Tatiana looks down at her 11 year old daughter, Dasha, who is following our movements with a big smile and wide blue eyes. Dasha has cerebral palsy, and is intellectually disabled.
She lives with her mother and father, her grandmother, and her young twin sisters in Minsk, Belarus. She is part of Chernobyl Children International’s Community Care program.
There are many ways you can partner with CCI, as an Irish, US or international company. Your donations are tax deductible. We welcome your efforts and contributions in the below areas.
Corporate fundraising is a great way to inspire and engage employees while supporting much needed programmes and initiatives that benefit the children of Chernobyl. Learn more about organising a company-wide fundraising event.
Provide products and services:
Would your company consider donating products and/or services to our organisation?
These donations-in-kind help us keep our operating and capital costs as low as possible so that we can put more funds into the hands of the children.
Become a project partner or sponsor
Consider supporting our work through corporate sponsorship or co-sponsorship of any one of our projects or programmes. We can work with you to ensure the project meets your Corporate Social Responsibility requirements. We are currently seeking corporate partners for the following projects:
Hospice and Community Care Programme:
This programme delivers a wide range of services to disadvantaged families, the disabled and the terminally ill, allowing sick children to be cared for at home.
Medical Care Programme:
This programme has saved and improved the lives of thousands of children living with the long-term effects of radiation exposure.
Most importantly, your sponsorship sends a clear message to these children, their parents and the entire community: Someone cares about you, someone sees your pain and sorrow, and you are not forgotten.
Community Care & Hospice
The community care and hospice programme is one of the most personal programmes that CCI is engaged in. The programme takes children off institution waiting lists and allows the young children of Chernobyl to be cared for by their own families in their own homes. Since 1991, our generous sponsors have helped many thousands of children who must face the physical, social, emotional and economic legacy of the Chernobyl tragedy. Their support continues to bring comfort and hope where before there was only pain, fear and despair.
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, your support is more important than ever. As the rest of the world forgets and moves on, the ongoing effects of the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history continues to devastate the region’s most vulnerable children. Don’t let a child face these unimaginable odds alone. Lend us your support.
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Have you been thinking of what favours to have at your wedding? Look no further as Chernobyl Children International’s Wedding Favours are what you are looking for!
Áine’s Chocolates and Cavan Box have come on board with Chernobyl Children International to help raise vital funds for our Flying Doctors Cardiac Programme. Our Wedding Favours are a gorgeous treat for your guests on your special day – two yummy heart-shaped chocolates in a box and/or beautiful wedding place cards.
We don’t charge a cost but we do rely on your generosity to help the children of Chernobyl.
For more information on making a will, or including a legacy in your existing will.
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Leave a Legacy
The children of Chernobyl are affected by poverty and environmental contamination that will endure for decades.
By remembering them in your will, you are giving a unique gift of hope and ensuring that they will be cared for in the years to come.
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Get active for Chernobyl
Do Miles, Make Smiles
Why not run, cycle or hop for Chernobyl Children International:
As a member of team Chernobyl Children International you will receive:
A full fundraising pack with sponsorship forms and helpful tips to help you smash your sponsorship target.
An extensive training pack for runners of all levels, and weekly training PDFs from our experts and support, advice and guidance from our Fundraising team.
If you are taking part in a marathon, cycle or other sporting event for Chernobyl Children International don’t forget to request your pack from email@example.com
Chernobyl Children International have partnered with My Charity.ie to make fundraising as easy as possible for our supporters. This is a safe and secure online site to set up details of your event and manage donations from your friends and family. If you need assistance setting up your page just email firstname.lastname@example.org