Operation Nappy is taking the country by storm. An urgent appeal was recently made by Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group Leader Jim Kavanagh after learning that supplies of nappies have severely depleted at Vesnova Orphanage in Belarus. In response to Jim’s cry for help, a tweet by television presenter Kathryn Thomas seeking nappy donations spread like wildfire through popular on-line discussion boards and social media sites. Word of the appeal travelled nationwide touching the hearts of so many people who have in turn responded by sharing the appeal with friends and family, arranging nappy collections, drop off points and also volunteering to help deliver the nappies to Kilkenny.
Vesnova Orphanage is currently home to over 200 children who are physically or mentally disabled or both. To put things in perspective, 200 children require a minimum of four nappies each a day, multiply that by seven days for a single week and then multiply by fifty two weeks for a year. That’s roughly 290K nappies for one year alone. Nappies are a basic requirement of any child and no child should suffer the humiliation of what could happen should supplies run out.
When Irish volunteers first arrived in Vesnova children and young adults were sitting on dirty cold floors, many tied to radiators with their legs blue and numb with cold. Their days were dark and lonely with little or no human contact, and void of any love or affection. Through the work of CCI volunteers and the generosity of the Irish people Vesnova has been completely renovated and is now a bright happy place for the children to live. Many of the children are regular visitors to Kilkenny along with other parts of Ireland through the Rest and Recuperation programme run by Chernobyl Children International which gives these children respite from the harsh environment in which they live.
The children at Vesnova desperately need us once more, if you are in a position to help please donate a pack of nappies or alternatively Host a ‘Coffee for Nappy Morning’ in your home or business. The concept is similar to the traditional coffee morning but rather than asking guests to give a cash donation for the coffee and scone simply ask them to bring along a packet of nappies. Nappies of all sizes are needed and items such as creams and wipes are also most welcome. Time is the only constraint with the cut-off date set at 20th March. All donations must be collected, packed and loaded onto the Chernobyl Truck which will then set off for Belarus at the end of April. Group leader Jim Kavanagh will personally deliver all the nappies directly to Vesnova Orphanage
To donate or get involved please phone Jim Kavanagh @ 087 2805059, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Facebook/Chernobyl. Kilkenny