Dutch charitable non-governmental organisations are among the most active foreign NGOs that provide assistance to Belarus in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster.
Cooperation in this area is carried out in two ways which are the direct deliveries of humanitarian aid and the recuperation of Belarusian children in the Netherlands.
Dutch NGOs work out programs for providing humanitarian aid to the educational and medical institutions of the Republic of Belarus, primarily, from the regions affected by the Chernobyl catastrophe. Assistance is provided through funds transfers, as well as through sending humanitarian loads to Belarus and realizing humanitarian projects in our country. Humanitarian aid (beds, blackboards, desks, clothing and footwear, sports equipment, computers, school supplies, construction materials, etc.) is sent to rural schools, nursing homes and medical facilities.
In addition, there are several projects implemented by Belarus pupils to grow vegetables in home gardens (schoolyards) from the Dutch seeds and with the Dutch technology. Highly qualified agronomists from the Netherlands are involved in the project management.
Following the signing in April 2009 of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Belarus and the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on the recuperation of Belarusian minors, the programs of recuperation of Belarusian children in the Netherlands resumed. Annually more than 1000 Belarusian children take part in the health improvement programs in the Netherlands.
The Embassy staff regularly meets with the groups of the Belarusian children staying in rehabilitation in the Netherlands, as well as with the leadership of charitable organizations and foundations. The Embassy advises the Dutch charitable NGOs on the ways to enhance the effectiveness of their humanitarian programs and projects, as well as on the practical issues of delivering humanitarian supplies to Belarus.
There are about 50 charities in the Netherlands working with Belarus. For the active and result-oriented work in this field the chairman of the largest of them «Stichting Rusland Kinderhulp» Mr Klaas Koops who is the Honorary Consul of Belarus in the Netherlands, was awarded one of the highest Belarusian state awards – the Order of Francisk Skoryna.
Mr Klaas Koops as well as Dutch sponsors have actively participated in the international project “Borovlyany Houses”. It included financing of mobile apartments for young patients with oncological diseases and their parents on the territory of state center for children’s oncology and hematology in Borovlyany near Minsk.
Every year SRK «Children in trouble — Barneveld» charity fund organizes for children from Belarus rehabilitation in Lunteren in the Netherlands. Children from Belarus, have rehabilitation in Vriezenveen in the Netherlands. The charity organization «Stiching Kinderhulp Tsjernobylramp» organizes the recovering for Belarusian children.
Students from Mozyr State Pedagogical University named after I.P. Shamyakin and Mozyr State Regional Lyceum, take a training course at «Noordik School Almelo» college in Almelo every year. Students from «Noordik School Almelo» take a training course at Mozyr’s University and Lyceum. «Stiching Kinderhulp Tsjernobylramp» organizes the exchange for students.