A Christian ministry is reaching out to the hundreds of children still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, that devastated its region in northern Ukraine 35 years ago.
The Slavic Gospel Association will support local evangelical churches to hold 500 camps this year through the former Soviet Union.
Christian Newswire reports, this includes Camp Pearl in Belarus, which will host 1,000 children who have grown up in the area surrounding Chernobyl’s radiation “exclusion zone.”
Many of them suffer from rare cancers and other serious health issues, and some are not expected to survive another year.
The children attending the Christian camp will benefit from much-needed medical and dental care, good food, activities, Bible clubs and counselling.
Many of the children who attend the yearly church-run camps across Russia and neighbouring countries come from abusive homes or state-run orphanages where they’ve been cooped up for months under COVID-19 restrictions.