TWENTY four year old Karen Morris, a native of Gleann na Riogh, Naas, is heading to Belarus for the third successive year to lend a hand.
She will help the victims still suffering from the fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.
Karen will stay for 2 weeks (July 24-August 5) with the Chernobyl Children’s Trust.
“I will be volunteering at a summer camp for children and young adults with learning and physical disabilities who live limited lives in orphanages in Belarus,” explained Karen.
Every Summer, 120 Belarussian children with special needs leave their orphanages for three weeks of fun at a holiday camp in an uncontaminated part of the Belarussian countryside.
“CCP is an absolutely amazing charity that has given humanitarian aid and support to those affected
by the awful nuclear disaster,” added Karen.
Her role will be to organise activities such as arts and crafts, sports days, parachute games, discos and in general look after the children, giving them the love and affection they crave for.
“This will be my third summer volunteering at the camp and my fourth volunteer experience in Belarus. I cannot describe the feeling you get when you hear a child laugh or see them smile for the first time, when they take hold of
your hand or hug you so tight they don’t want to let go.” Karen will work there as a full time carer, along with 7 other volunteers like herself to “provide a wonderfully happy and memorable holiday for these children.”
In Belarus there is simply not enough support for children and young adults with such severe disabilities. Belarus remains a poverty stricken country srugglin to cope with serious problems.
Karen needs donations and can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. - Paula O’Meara