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Launching the orphans!


As American high school grads head off to start their higher education, so do Belarusian students.

But Belarusian orphans head out with nothing. The stuff they’ve grown up with is state-owned.

So friends of New Thing provide “Life Starter Kits” for orphans in Kobryn, Belarus, as they leave the Children’s Village for school.

Under the Belarusian system, 9th-graders head off to “college,” 11th-graders go to “university.”

Each Kit contains towels, a blanket, bed linens, a pillow ... a kettle, a saucepan, and a frying pan ... an iron, a lamp, printer paper, and a USB thumb drive.

11th-graders also receive a laptop, a laptop bag, and a computer speaker.

This year, 4 orphans will start university, 10 will start college.

Kits cost more this year because of soaring inflation — a total of $14,000.

From Elena, Ekaterina, Ruslan, Sergey, Snezhana, Valeria, Yana, Yaroslav, two Artems, two Darias, and two Angelinas...

Much love,

Doug Brendel

(Group photos by Oleg Yarovenko)

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