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14 Dec 2020

UNICEF launches New Year charity project in Belarus

UNICEF launches New Year charity project in Belarus

MINSK, 14 December (BelTA) – Volunteers of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) invite Belarusians to send New Year and Christmas cards to their dear ones and at the same time to participate in a charity project, BelTA learned from UNICEF in Belarus.

The Good Things Start with Us project will last until 15 January and will take place on the platform https://www.unicef.by/nycard2021/.

On this website anyone can send an electronic or paper postcard of a unique design to their loved ones for a small donation. The money raised will be spent on the Family for Every Child project that helps children with disabilities to return from nursing facilities to their families. In exchange, the participant of the campaign will be able to send New Year and Christmas wishes anywhere in Belarus. The names of the sender and recipient are added to the text of the card, which makes it personalized.

“The COVID-19 pandemic forced many to stay at home and observe voluntary self-isolation. In such a situation, words of support can come in handy. In addition, amidst the holiday bustle, it is sometimes difficult to find time to buy and sign a postcard. Therefore, UNICEF volunteers in Belarus will take care of it this year,” the organizers explained.

Since 2018, the Family for Every Child project has been implemented in Gomel Oblast in partnership with the Let’s Help Children Together charity with the financial support of Priorbank, Raiffeisen Leasing and the Government of the Russian Federation. For the first two years, the focus was on families who raise children with disabilities. About 500 parents received information about their rights, available medical services, rehabilitation, social services and educational opportunities. The condition of 51 children in 45 families improved. In four cases, specialists prevented abandonment of children. In 2020, UNICEF continued to work in the region. The technology of case management is being introduced into the work with children and families in vulnerable situations. Another focus is on preventing the institutionalization of small children.

 

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