This year we have had a great crop of kind and enthusiastic people willing to give up two weeks of their summer to look after the children and young adults living in institutions in Belarus and so we have been able to send groups of volunteers to three different locations.
Two groups of volunteers will visit Ptich Sanatorium where children from Rechitsa Boarding Home and young adults from Zhuravichi, Vikov and our family homes are spending three weeks holiday. The first group is already there and have been having great fun with the children and young people. Indoor play has included making circus outfits, hair braids & listening to music and they have had a face painting and a fancy dress day.
Two groups of volunteers will also visit Zhuravichi Boarding Home and Vikov Institution this year. The first group has almost finished their two weeks’ stay. They have been busy with all sorts of activities, outdoor and indoor, including cooking with the residents and treating them to a manicure in the evening. The highlight of the outdoor activities was the water fight, and annual event that the residents love. The second group will fly out soon on to take over.
This year we have also been able to send a group to Rechitsa Boarding Home to bring two weeks’ of fun and activities to the children and young adults who live there and who have not been able to attend the holiday camp at Ptich this year. The volunteers are keeping the residents busy, having done arts and crafts, balloon modelling and also had a pirate day during their first week!