Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline is a Charity that hosts groups of children from Ukraine and Belarus for fun and healthy (free) holidays in the UK. This provides the children with a break from an area that is still experiencing the debilitating effects of the aftermath of the Chernobyl Nuclear disaster from 1986.

The Newark & Sherwood Link works with a school in the village of Molotkovichi in Belarus. We host one group of children each year during the summer, accompanied by an English speaking, certified Leader/Russian Interpreter.

Hosting

Interested in hosting a child?


We are always interested in speaking to anyone who can offer a safe, comforting and accommodating home to one or two children during their visit to the UK. If you are interested in learning more about hosting and what the commitment involves, please read on.

Donating

Interested in donating your time?


Lots of work goes into facilitating the annual visit of our children. We are always on the look out for volunteers to support our shop, or other fundraising activities throughout the year. Lots of organisation goes into each visit, if you would like more information on getting involved, please read on.

Malotkavičy

The village that the children are from

If you would like to learn more about the location where our children live in Belarus and why we put so much energy into what we do for them, please take a look.

Activities

  • Rock Climbing

    Each year the children get to try activities they do not have access to at home.

  • Sailing

    The children enjoy an afternoon sailing at Nottingham Sailing Club.

  • Fire Station

    The fire station in Southwell is always a big with the children!

  • Camp

    The children will spend time at camp, hiking and getting some fresh air.

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Chernobyl Children Lifeline

What is a Chernobyl child?

Founded in 1991 to help the children of Belarus and Ukraine who have been affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant disaster. The charity is made up of a number of 'Links', local groups of people sharing the same aim. There are now around 70 Links throughout the country, run by volunteers who raise funds to bring groups of children to the UK. It costs about £1000 (including airfare) to bring a child here for a three week respite holiday, and all money raised by the charity goes towards these costs.

The children who visit us are chosen by the education authorities in Belarus from amongst the most deserving children. Many of the children who come to Britain appear normal and healthy, but they are all subjected to the long term effects of levels of radiation that would not be tolerated in the Western World. Their plight is often exacerbated by lack of medical facilities, contaminated food, shortage of medicines, poor nutrition, poor and overcrowded living conditions, unemployment, and difficult family circumstances (e.g. alcoholism).