• Doug Brendel

For at-risk children

Updated: Sep 6, 2019

Some have asked for an update on our effort to provide a commercial dryer at the boarding school for children at risk of tuberculosis at Old Borisov in Belarus.

Only 7 friends have responded so far — although I’m hugely grateful for their generosity: We’re only $830.62 short of the goal. If you were thinking of participating in this project, please do so today. We need you! The workers caring for the kids need help.

With 150 children at any given time — 400 over the course of a year — there’s a lot of laundry to do. Unfortunately, the laundry facilities are some of the worst we’ve ever seen in Belarus. “Pretty awful,” Kristina reports. “Horrid. Pallets on the floor to keep workers out of leaking water.”

“There’s no dryer, only a ‘spinner,’” she continues. “Spinners discharge the water they pull out of the laundry directly on to the floor.”

But the workers soldier on. All bed linens are washed once a week. All the children’s clothing is washed here, too. A huge, heavy-duty commercial dryer would dramatically improve the lives of the workers as they care for the children.

So please help if you can. 10 friends giving $83.06 each would do it.

Or 20 giving $41.53.

Whatever you’re able to do, thanks for journeying with us! Much love, Doug Brendel

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