St John's
St John's

Build Belarus

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.“ James 1:27

Teams from St John's have been visiting Belarus since 2005.

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We have always worked closely with the City authorities in Borisov, and with our Mission Partners in the local church led by Pastor Sergei.

Our focus has always been to work with the City authorities to refurbish local orphanages and special schools.

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A lot of effort has been aimed at refurbishing outside play areas and making them accessible for wheelchairs.

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We have also built a number of wheelchair ramps to improve access at Shelter 46, which caters for a significant number of disabled children.

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Improving wheelchair access inside the Shelter has also made a big difference to the dignity of the children, allowing them wheelchair access to the toilets.

Our work in the orphanages has developed so that we also now run a summer school for the children at “Peter’s House”, the first orphanage we became involved with, resourced by the youth leaders from Pastor Sergei’s church, but supported and funded by our team.

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As well as a week of activities based in the orphanages, we also take the children out for a day to a local attraction

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The project also funds a monthly delivery of fruit and vegetables to the children’s hospital and the orphanage, to supplement the children’s diet, and this has proved very popular with the Directors in the homes.

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Through our friends in the local church and with the assistance of the City’s Social Services Department we also distribute food and gift parcels annually to the least well-off families in the City with disabled family members.

Two ambulances have also been donated to the City, one for use by the Fire Brigade, and one with the Ambulance Service. The ambulances were bought from the Manchester Ambulance service and converted to left hand drive before being driven out to Belarus by members of the team.

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There is another Mission visit planned for August 2011, and anyone wanting more information on our activities in Belarus, or perhaps considering joining the team, please don’t hesitate to contact Mark Aspinall, 01704 896068 or email him.