Charity of the Week – Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International
Chernobyl Children International (CCI) was formally founded by Adi Roche in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The accident continues to affect the lives of millions of people in the surrounding regions. CCI develops programmes that restore hope, alleviate suffering and protect current and future generations in the Chernobyl regions. CCI is founded on hope and courage: the hope that the children—one by one and heartbeat by heartbeat—will thrive; and the courage to envision and create a better world.
Did you know?
Every year, 6,000 children in Ukraine are born with the genetic heart defect known as ‘Chernobyl Heart’. If untreated 1 in 3 will die by the age of 5. Responding to the crisis CCI has initiated a ‘Flying Doctors Programme’ which sees teams of internationally renowned cardiac surgeons fly out to Eastern Ukraine up to six time a year to undertake life saving open heart surgery on critically ill children. Surgical teams work with local hospital staff round the clock during missions to treat as many children as possible.
€1,000 will sponsor an operation for a child in need of critical life saving surgery.
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