We have a wonderful team in Gomel who facilitate all our projects in the region. Natalia Samoilik is Director of ‘Supporting Children Together’ and with her background working in education and social services she has the ideal skills and experience for this role. Masha Patskova worked as a volunteer helping to organise the Sanatorium Holidays for several years before joining the team as Interpreter and Projects Co-ordinator; Larissa is our accountant and is dedicated to getting us the best possible deal on everything we buy.
The Belarusian Children’s Hospice was established in 1995 by Anna Gorchakova, who had worked as a clinical psychologist in the Children’s Cancer Hospital. We started supporting the work of the Hospice in 1999, particularly bringing hospice staff on educational visits to the UK. Anna has recently completed and opened a fabulous Republican Children’s Palliative Care Centre, the first of its kind in Eastern Europe. She continues to run the Children’s Hospice, which mostly provides home care, from the new Centre.
Since 2000 we have funded a team in Gomel who provide regular home visits to over 30 families with palliative children.
This is our doctor, Irina Kalmanovich, and we have a psychologist and 3 nurses.