The Chernobyl Relief Foundation in the UK (CRF) is a non-profitable UK charity operating for nearly three decades. CRF is an entirely voluntary organisation, with no paid staff or administrative costs.

CRF organised the raising of the funds and delivery of pharmaceutical and medical equipment to Kyiv and Donetsk Regional Hospitals:

  • Okhmadyt All Republican Hospital of Ukraine, Kyiv
  • Makeevka Rehabilitation Centre for orphans, Makeevka
  • Fund Mercy, Donetsk; Donetsk Regional Center of Protection of Mother and Child
  • Religious-Educational Center Svet RadonedzaDonetsk
  • Hope and Good Foundation, Kyiv; Kyiv Regional Oncology Clinic
  • Family Type Children’s Home, Kyiv
  • Kyiv Regional Hospital for Children
  • Kyiv Regional Orphanage
  • Donetsk Regional Association of the People with hearing imparities
  • Zemlyaki, Kyiv

CRF sponsored treatment and respite holidays for more than a thousand Chernobyl children listed in the following organizations:

  • Chernobyl Children Appeal Ltd
  • Children of Chernobyl
  • Donetsk branch of Union of Chernobyl of Ukraine
  • Children Educational Rehabilitation Center for orphans Rainbow, Makeevka, in the following Child Health Sanatoriums located in non-contaminated Crimea and West Ukraine areas such as Iskra in Eupatoria, Dzerelo in Truskavets, Tchayka in Eupatoria, Volna in Feodosia, Zelenaya Gorka in Odessa.

Information on the CRF activities and achievements is based on media reports and articles, financial documents, and confirmation letters from beneficiaries, supporters and participants of the CRF projects. In 2006, 2011, and 2016 Project Managing Trustee Tatiana Pereverzeva-Birch was honoured with state and international awards from the Government of Ukraine, The World Jurist Alliance, and Chernobyl organisations for extraordinary achievements in voluntary services for the benefit of the Chernobyl victims and raising awareness of Chernobyl consequences CRF humanitarian projects were supported by the Embassy of Ukraine to the UK and Northern Ireland, Lyudmila Kuchma, the First Lady of Ukraine; Katerina Yushchenko, the First Lady of Ukraine; The Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation; Her Grace The Duchess of Norfolk; National Charity Council of Ukraine; The Baroness Cox; All-Party Parliamentary Ukraine Group at the British Parliament; Ukrainian Catholic Exarchate in Great Britain, London; international business, education organizations, mass media, local authorities, and enthusiastic individuals.

From the UN

“The international community must renew its efforts to help the people of the affected regions take control of their lives again. The aftermath of the Chernobyl accident is simply too much for the people to cope with alone. We simply cannot turn our backs. We can and must do more to help bring development and hope to the affected people”

“nearly 8.4 million people in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia were exposed to radiation. Some 150.000 square kilometres… were contaminated. Agricultural areas covering nearly 52.000 sq. km were ruined. Nearly 400.000 people were resettled but millions continued to live in an environment where continued residual exposure created a range of adverse effects. Now, roughly 6 million people live in affected areas. Chronic health problems, especially among children, are rampant.” (Press Release IHA/896 http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2004/iha896.doc.htm)

“the Chernobyl accident in 1986 affected more than 3.5 million people, including 1.5 million children, and contaminated nearly 50.000 square kilometres of lands in northern Ukraine”

“Today after years of dedicated work of the United Nations organisations and leading NGOs and Foundations it is clear that the devastating effects of Chernobyl are causing millions of people in Ukraine to suffer from the second contamination through foods and environment.” (www.un.org/ha/chernobyl/ukraine.html)

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