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Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leics) is dedicated to providing recuperative breaks in Leicestershire for children from Belarus whose lives are still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

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Fighting for Sonia

At the beginning of November Sue and Jonathan from the charity visited Belarus meeting new children to bring onto the programme for our next visit in August 2020. While out there they met a truly inspirational little girl who has absolutely captured their hearts. Her vibrancy and zest for life are incredible given that she is living with a serious medical condition and a complex set of circumstances that most [...]

November 13th, 2019|

Change a child’s life in 2020

Chernobyl TV series shines a light on the world’s worst nuclear disaster The popularity and critical acclaim of recent television series Chernobyl has shone a light on the world’s worst nuclear disaster when Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear plant in northern Ukraine exploded sending a deadly cloud of radiation into the atmosphere. A significant amount of that radioactive fallout landed on neighbouring Belarus, and despite happening over 33 years [...]

August 18th, 2019|

FOCC host family featured in national newspaper

This week, we were delighted to see a great article on the Daily Mail website featuring Emma Mahony - a host from the FOCC Mid-Sussex group and Arseny from a village near Cherikov in Belarus. In the article, Emma talks about how much hosting Arseny has changed her life and the lives of her teenage children. It's a fantastic insight into hosting a child still seeing the effects of the [...]

July 6th, 2019|

We joined this project because we felt we wanted to give something back and seeing what a difference the programme has made to the child we hosted has been very satisfying. We have gained a tremendous sense of achievement from being involved.

Host family

Hosting a child has been a big commitment for us, but it has been incredibly rewarding and a fantastic experience. Our little girl is a part of our family now and will always have a place in our hearts and in our home.

Host family

We joined this project because we felt we wanted to give something back and seeing what a difference the programme has made to the child we hosted has been very satisfying. We have gained a tremendous sense of achievement from being involved.

Host family

We found the experience in the first year slightly nerve wracking, but it was all fine in the end and the other host families were very helpful and supportive. We will never forget our child’s face when she saw the sea for the first time!

Host family

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