27th February 2022 – UPDATE
Thanks to the many of you who have been in touch in recent days. It’s incredibly sad what is happening in Ukraine right now, and made worse by the fact that Belarus is being used as a base for Russian troops. Military activity around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station is also terribly worrying. The innocent children of Belarus are no more to blame than the innocent people of Ukraine. We are in touch with our translators in Belarus, and it is clear that it is becoming increasingly difficult for us to help them. We will update our website when we have a plan for organising whatever humanitarian assistance we can.
March 2021 – UPDATE
There still remains great uncertainty with travel restrictions in coming months, plus difficulties in Belarus getting the biometric information required for travel. Despite the vaccination rollout in the UK, the vaccination programme in Belarus is a very different picture. Given we are only a few months away from August, sadly we have had to decide that the visit will not be going ahead this summer, as it will still not be possible for the group to leave Belarus and travel to Scotland. The charity has sufficient funds for next year’s visit, and we look forward to welcoming our group of children in 2022 .
In the meantime, the children and their families are facing their usual hardships, compounded by covid, and they still greatly need our support. Our charity’s wonderful translators, Luda and Lena, are organising something nice for the group in the spring and summer, in Klimivichi. We will be able to use some of the funds to do this, and we will let everyone know exactly what is organised as soon as we know. Undoubtedly the children will be missing each other, so this will be an opportunity to bring them together.
I know the children are very much in your thoughts, and we really wish we could be delivering happier news. Let’s hope that the vaccination rollout in Belarus improves throughout the year. And let’s all look forward to welcoming the children back in summer 2022.
The world’s worst nuclear accident happened on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine. Highly radioactive uranium and graphite were expelled into the atmosphere. The Russian government permitted a censorship over the media, stopping the flow of information to the rest of the world. They increased the acceptable levels of radioactivity that people could be exposed to, for economic reasons, reducing the number of people needing to be evacuated.
Of the country’s prime farmland, 25% has become nuclear wasteland. As a result, over 800,000 children in Belarus and 380,000 Ukrainian children are at risk of contracting cancer or leukaemia. Belarus has become a zone of international ecological disaster, as its people were exposed to radioactivity 90 times greater than that from the Hiroshima atomic bomb.
Chernobyl’s Angels of Hope, Biggar are a charity that provide a month of love and care each year to children affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. Affected children aged around 8 years old from Belarus come over to Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland to live in a loving home for a month, breathing clean air, eating fresh wholesome food, and sharing family life.. The children travel with 2 interpreters who remain in Scotland with the children for the duration of their stay.