Friends of Chernobyl's Children is a registered charity that funds and organises yearly visits for Belarusian children from disadvantaged social backgrounds to the UK, where they stay with host families for temporary recuperative care. The charity targets particularly needy children from seven to twelve years of age, who are often in need of dental and medical attention, education, and tender loving care. The children, from the badly contaminated areas of Belarus, come for one month every year for five consecutive years, which has been shown to have a significant effect up on their overall quality of life, their happiness, health and well-being.

During their 4 week staythe children take part in daily trips and activities that meet their social, health and educational needs. 
The FOCC identifies children aged between seven and twelve who are most at need: children from large families, one-parent families, and foster children. Many of these children live in poverty in contaminated areas and suffer general poor health. 

"Luba’s dream is to have her own doll.” commented her 10 year old big brother Slava.“ They have three dolls to share in her class at school, and sometimes she goes into the woods with her friends and they make dolls with sticks and moss... but it is not the same.”
Luba is 7 years old from an isolated village in Belarus close to the Russian border.

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