* I’m inviting you and all our friends to make a generous “birthday present” pledge of $15 a month. (Or any amount you choose.)* If that’s not possible, maybe you can give a simple “birthday present” of just $15 today. (Or whatever you feel good about giving.)
Greetings to all who follow or support New Thing!
- If you’ve given to New Thing, you’ve helped completely renovate the shelter for abused and abandoned children at Zhodino: beds, furniture, paint, floors, the works — plus a whole new commercial kitchen and laundry.
- You’ve built the “Domik” (little house), an after-school center for at-risk children, designed to prevent child abuse and abandonment — the first of its kind in the entire nation — beautifully effective, and now a model for other cities and towns.
- You’ve built the “Zontik” (little umbrella) on the second floor of the Domik — where children can receive gentle care in the midst of emotionally overwhelming court cases involving violence and other traumatic events. Also here, at-risk moms and dads learn parenting skills, and teens at risk of suicide receive counseling.
- You helped lay a brand-new sidewalk around the Zhodino shelter facility.
- You’ve built a children’s playroom at the Ushachi Regional Hospital near the Russian border, and funded a massive renovation of the once-decrepit children’s wing, including windows, computers, televisions, furniture, bedding, kitchen equipment, air purifiers, and more.
- You responded to a true emergency by replacing the water pump at a boarding school for the blind at Shklov.
- You installed brand-new closets for all the sick children in the boarding school at Glusk.
- You’ve provided security equipment, a laptop, and furniture at the shelter for abused and abandoned children at Smolevichi.
- You’ve provided three huge freezers at the boarding school for children with respiratory ailments at Bogushevsk.
- You provided fuel and basic expenses so an Irish charity could ferry and truck in more than 8 tons of humanitarian aid.
- You’ve provided 18 months’ worth of medicines and medical products for disabled children at the boarding school at Osipovichi.
- You’ve enabled Response of the Heart to bring into the country 17 donated brand-new medical devices, including blood gas analyzers for resuscitation and hospital surgery departments.
- You’ve provided kitchen equipment and playground equipment (including a cool trampoline!) for the “Planet Camp” for children of Chernobyl and other youngsters from across the country.
- You’ve provided a “life starter kit” for the graduating class of 17-year-old orphans at Kobryn, near the Polish border.
10 orphans are very, very happy today!
I am truly grateful for everyone who gave so generously to help us meet the need of children who must graduate from the foster system at Kobryn, Belarus.