The Belarusian government has taken many initiatives to protect all Belarusian children – especially if they have no one else to protect them. Over a decade ago, the government took a “U-turn” on orphanages and has aided children using many different measures. For example, since 2004, the government has been able to assist many Belarusian babies, by redirecting funds into the development of a foster care system and into the prevention of the breakdown of families. In 2011, the government also created a database and post orphanage care, for those who leave the orphanages at 17 and face new vulnerabilities, including in employment and housing.
Despite the numerous measures taken by the government, Belarusian orphans still require a great deal of help. “About 4000 children are annually losing parental care for various reasons,” said Yuri Emelianenko, Department Head for Social and Educational Work at the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, the Chernobyl disaster has cast a long-shadow on the lives of innocent Belarusian children, with 70% of the fallout affecting the small country. Many children are still born with congenital defects because of their parent’s exposure to the radiation.
CBridge International has been helping orphanages in Belarus for over 25 years. Importantly, the orphanages that are supported provide a home for sick children, including children born with both physical and mental disabilities. Truly, these children are the most unfortunate group of people on the planet. Some children who are helped are those that are blind from birth. There are also children who are born without arms and legs, who have never been able to leave their beds. These children are unable to share their suffering and loneliness. Furthermore, they are deprived of their parents, as they are orphans.
CBridge International continues to send much-needed medicine, food, vitamins, and specially-designed mobility equipment to children in Belarus from America. Importantly, this aid helps these children feel loved.
The organization shared this statement: “If we help disabled orphans, then God will help our own children! The hardest part is leaving the orphanages. We see the children, who are able to, standing in the windows. They look at us driving away and start to cry. This is the same way in which we used to cry as children when our parents left us.” Americans have always been praised for helping people that are sick, poor, and who are suffering, even those who suffer in other countries. It only costs $2 dollars a day to feed a child in these orphanages. That means that for only $100 dollars a day, 50 children can be fed!
CBridge International is always looking for funding from private donors, in order to help make the lives of these children easier. There are about 1000 sick children living in the nine supported orphanages. Those who want to help these children, please send donations to the following address: CBridge International, 12363 Hernando Rd., North Port, FL. 34287. In return, donors will receive a receipt for their donation.
In our world, where there are endless armed conflicts, where human lives are no longer valued, each American can continue to preserve the strong national spirit of giving, by helping those in need of unconditional support. Undoubtedly, lives can be dramatically changed, even when love is sent from thousands of miles away.