April 26th, 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident, when reactor four at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded releasing 190 tonnes of radioactive uranium and graphite into the atmosphere.

A significant amount of that radioactive fallout landed on neighbouring Belarus with approximately 80% the country affected. Despite the disaster happening over three decades ago, large parts of Belarus are still affected and are still deemed unsafe to live or farm on with Restricted Zones still in place

The population of Belarus continues to suffer from a vast array of health problems and also far-reaching social issues, poverty and malnutrition.

Friends of Chernobyl’s Children (West Leicestershire) is a registered charity that supports Belarusian children from disadvantaged social backgrounds who are still affected by the Chernobyl disaster. Every year we bring children from the most badly affected parts of Belarus to the UK for a month of recuperative care. During the visit, the children stay with a host family and undertake a packed programme of activities that gives them plenty of fresh air, friendship, nourishing food, essential health checks and above all the fun they so desperately need.

We rely on the generosity of volunteers and host families to make these visits a success and are currently appealing for new members to help us continue to make a real difference to the lives of children. If you think you could help organise our activities programme, help with fundraising, volunteer your time leading up to and during the visit or provide a loving stable temporary home for a vulnerable child, please get in touch.

Find out more about how you get involved and help change children’s lives.