A group of 17 children will arrive in Mid Suffolk at the beginning of July for a one month health respite visit. The children live in an area of Belarus still suffering from the after effects of the Chernobyl disaster which took place over 30 years ago but has still had a massive impact on the environment and the people of Belarus.
Our Hosts give their time free of charge and look after the children as part of their family whilst they are here. We try to support them by providing various items that are essential for the children. The things we need are not in themselves massively expensive but when you add everything together for a group this size you can see how it mounts up. On top of the cost of air fares each child has to have a Visa now costing more than 110.00 per passenger plus we obviously have to fund all of the activities for the month that are not provided by sponsors and pay to bring our interpreters.
In addition we send back one additional bag per passenger full of aid to be given to the local Social Shelter and the schools we work with. All are very much in need of support as the area we are now working in is very poor with high unemployment The Social Shelter looks after children who have been removed from their parents for a variety of reasons and the children can be here for up to six months. This means there is a constant change of children needing clothing, school supplies, medicinal items etc. The State provide only the most basic of funding so the Shelter relies heavily on donations and often will have up to 50% more children than they are supposed to have at any one time.
If you can contribute to purchase even one of the items on the list we would be so so very grateful as every penny we save will go towards bringing another child. We are also always very grateful for donations of good quality 2nd hand clothing and shoes for ages 3 to 16; school stationary and of course all of the items listed below. Goods can be donated via our Charity Shop in Needham Market or if local it is sometimes possible to arrange collection.
If you would like further details about donating, are interested in becoming a Host Family or would just like more general information please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website ccllmidsuffolk.org.uk.
Thank you for taking the time to visit this page and any support you may be able to give will be greatly appreciated.
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A list of some of the items we supply to each child:
School Uniform 25.00 Vapour Rub 2.75
Cold Sore cream 5.60 Toothache Tincture 3.65
Digital Thermometer 3.50: Lockets x 2 2.00
2 X Menthol Nasal Sticks 3.98 Strepsils 3.90
Mouth Ulcer Gel 4.10 Lemsip 3.29
Antiseptic Cream 2.00 Immodium 4.00
Chapstix x 6 9.60 100 Plasters 4.00
After Bite 4.99
Underwear, sox, vests, PJ's, personal toiletries 25.00