• Doug Brendel

Keep kids warm, let kids breathe

Tuberculosis kills 35 times as many Belarusians as Americans every year. At greatest risk: children.

In Belarus, children at risk of TB, and children with respiratory problems, go to a boarding school in Bogushevsk. It’s “home” to 1,000 children a year. It’s old, with lots of problems. You can see some photos here. In the wing housing 9th-grade boys, the huge old windows don’t keep the cold out anymore. And the 4 doors leading to the outside are deteriorating badly.

Kids with breathing problems, or at risk of tuberculosis, shouldn’t be living in the cold. I hope we can provide new doors and windows now, so they can be installed before Belarus turns cold again.

Each window will cost $238.17, installed. The exterior double door costs $476.34, installed. Each of three exterior single doors will cost $238.17.

The total bill is high, I know: $1,905.36. But if New Thing has 30 friends who can give $63.51 each, the children of Bogushevsk can sleep in warm rooms this winter.

Could you be 1 of the 30? Or give whatever you can. Any and every gift will help us keep the winter cold out of the children’s rooms, as they fight for breath and life.

Thanks for journeying with us! Much love, Doug Brendel

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New Thing is a 501c3 non-profit organization established by Doug and Kristina Brendel in 2002 to help people in need in the Republic of Belarus, in the former USSR.

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