Fahan nurse to help at Belarus orphanage

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A Fahan nurse has given up a week of her annual leave to volunteer at an orphanage in Belarus.

Siobhan McNally and Patsy McLaughlin from Derry are registered learning disability nurses with the Western Trust. On June 8th, they will travel to the country to offer nursing care and support to 170 children at the ‘Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum.’

They will travel as part of the Medical Care Programme of Chernobyl Children International (CCI) which is supported and funded by the Foyle and Inishowen branch.

The orphanage, which is located in a very rural area, making transport and refurbishment issues difficult, was founded to cater for the needs of the child victims of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The children, whose parents either abandoned them or simply could not afford to look after them due to poverty, suffer from both physical and learning disabilities.

This is Siobhan’s 10th year with CCI, who have increased resources and the quality of care at the orphanage. Siobhan disclosed how up until now, there was a focus on bringing children from the affected regions to stay with host families in the North West. Siobhan’s husband will travel with her and Patsy and they will visit their two host children, Katsia and Alina and visit their host families.

The public can assist their efforts at the orphanage by sponsoring a volunteer, donating money or provisions such as Calpol,disposable nappies and similar heathcare products. Recreational items such as CDs, also assist the volunteers in bringing a humanitarian quality to their endeavours. Please contact Siobhan on 00447588866865 or 00353 749331908.