There is a red line against which all activities of the American Belarussian Relief Organization are measured: that all children living in areas contaminated with radiation from the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant accident are assisted in finding a quality of life and hope in the future.
It seeks to do so in the following ways:
By providing rest and sanctuary in radiation free environments.
By providing clean food.
By offering medical evaluation and treatment as needed.
And by recognizing and nurturing the spirit of those it seeks to assist.
On April 26, 1986 the worst nuclear disaster in history took place at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine. Some scientists say there was 100 times more radiation released than there was when the atomic bomb was dropped at Hiroshima. Belarus, the small country to the north of Ukraine received 70% of the radiation fallout. Since then there has been 200% increase in thyroid diseases and cancers as well as an increase in leukemia, birth defects, and vitamin deficiencies. The disaster left the country as a whole in great need of help. Now their main source of income, agriculture and forestry, is covered in radiation, and with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the country found themselves in severe economic hardship that they have not fully recovered from.
Since 1991, over 5,000 children from Belarus have made the trip to the United States for rest and medical evaluation through the efforts of ABRO. Another 400 children have benefited from the summer camps held in the uncontaminated region of Belarus.
Where We Work
What We Do
We bring Belarussian children to the USA for six weeks in the summer to escape the radiation in Belarus from the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster. The children receive medical, dental & vision care while in the USA and live with host families who love the kids.