• Doug Brendel

Teach a man to fish


New Year’s greetings!


When I visited the boarding school for children with mental disabilities, in Bogomol, last year, director Valery Petrovich impressed me.

He insists on teaching children real-life skills.


Like we say in the U.S.: Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.


Generous friends of New Thing provided funds for woodworking equipment, and Valery sent these photos of the kids at work.


I thought you’d like to see how they’re learning by doing — and improving the facilities as they do!


Thank you again to all who give so selflessly to New Thing, for the sake of children in need in Belarus.


More adventures to come!

Thanks for journeying with us!


Much love,




Doug Brendel

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