Chernobyl started it all. Most of the radiation fell to the north of Ukraine, in the land of Belarus. People got sick. Kids have underdeveloped immune systems, so they suffered the most. The nation took a huge hit.
Alcohol, drugs, poverty, prison, violence, crime. When a child suffers abuse or abandonment, someone has to do something.
Homeless & Poor
If there’s one component of New Thing’s work that needs the help of caring people in the West, this is it.
In the big city, healthcare is good. But sometimes, in the outlying villages and towns of Belarus, hospitals and clinics just don’t have the funds they really need.
It was assumed that a child or adult with physical or mental disabilities should be mostly hidden from view. Kept out of society. As if they didn’t exist.
Each year in the town of Kobryn, at graduation time, as another year’s worth of orphans approaches age 18, we provide “Life Starter Kits” as they prepare to head out into the world on their own.
We are a 501c3 non-profit organization
New Thing was established by Doug and Kristina Brendel in 2002 to help people in need in the Republic of Belarus, in the former USSR.
New Thing helps children and adults in need in Belarus and more.
Orphans and foster families
Abused and abandoned children
The homeless, the poor, the disabled
Hospital patients and sick kids
And the list goes on.
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