Belarus. Music on a Mission
People ask me “Why Belarus? Well, the first thing they ask me is “Where is Belarus?” Just north of Ukraine, east of Poland and west of Russia is a little country with more beauty and charm than you can imagine — and some very difficult problems. I began making trips to Belarus in 2011 after hearing about it for years from friends who have a humanitarian aid organization working there.
In the former soviet Belarus there is a lot of poverty, alcoholism, and physical problems resulting from the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. These challenges continue to affect adults, children, and the future generations. These are the most gracious kind and loving people I have every met, they fully understand the meaning of family and generosity. I was touched by their consuming desire to try to make things better for their children. Isn’t that every parent’s dream?
We help fund soup kitchens, rehab worn out hospitals, purchase washers and dryers for orphanages, clothing, shoes and even summer camp opportunities. Anything to make their lives better and give them hope for a future.
One of the ways I accomplish this is called ‘Music On A Mission’. I believe that our concerts and recorded music should leave a footprint of justice and mercy, So all proceeds from the music I record, or concerts where I am appearing, will be directed to projects benefiting the children of Belarus. What can be more fun? Great music with a purpose.
We strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus and to leave a footprint of justice and mercy wherever we go. Updates for our current projects will be emailed to our friends periodically and posted in my Blog. We would love to keep you informed, please CONTACT me and request to be included in periodic Belarus updates so you won't miss your opportunity to pray, give and rejoice with us as we promote God's love in this region of the world. (Never fear, we won't bombard your email box)
Our Work With Individuals
Olga & Yuri and their foster-children
Our On-Going Projects with Liudmila Kozovaya
The Church Of St Nikolis
The Ushachi Hospital (Dr. Sergei)
Sasha’s Soup Kitchen (Sasha Chernitsky)
Small projects upon request ie Minsk juvenile detention center, Chekhovshinskya orphanage
►Updates◄ As you can see, we've been working on my new site and it is still growing. The historical record of our help and involvement in Belarus since my first trip in 2011 will be available in the near future. For now, please refer to this page and the Belarus Blog below to stay informed of the latest news. Thank you for your prayers and tangible gifts to this cause. ♥ Vicki
Little Bits About Belarus
“Where Is Belarus?”
Polatsk, Belarus is the actual geographical center of all of Europe. Polatsk is a small city a couple of hours drive north of Minsk. Minsk sits in the middle of the country and is its capital. Russia borders Belarus to the north and east, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the southwest, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Who knew! Little Belarus is the center of Europe!
Is Belarus' National Religion Russian Orthodox?
There are no reliable statistics. More than half of the Belarusian population identify with the Russian Orthodox Church, although many do not participate with any regularity. About a third of the population are Roman Catholics. Protestants make up about 25% of the population. However, the government refuses to register many Protestant communities, which makes their activities illegal from the official viewpoint of the Belarusian state.
Child Welfare Services in Belarus
Currently, more than 1.7 million children live in Belarus and about 25,000 among them do so without parents.That number stays relatively stable with predictable peaks in times of crises. In the 1990's the number of orphaned children tripled and resources were scarce.About 80% of children in state custody are Social Orphans. This term describes children who live in orphanages or foster care and have living biological parents. Foster care is relatively new to Belarus and is probably the biggest improvement in the child welfare system to date.
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