MINSK, 12 January (BelTA) – More than 800,000 children participated in events of the nationwide charity campaign “Our Children”, Yelena Simakova, who is in charge of the education work and youth policy at the Belarusian Education Ministry, told reporters, BelTA has learned.
“The major events of the campaign brought together more than 15,000 children. All in all, the events of the campaign, hosted by various organizations and institutions, united more than 800,000 children,” Yelena Simakova said. Every event strictly complied with all the necessary safety measures.
The New Year charity campaign “Our Children” ran in Belarus from 10 December 2020 to 10 January 2021. Every year, during the campaign, heads of ministries and other government agencies and representatives of public associations visit orphanages and group homes, foster and adoptive families, families who raise children with disabilities, rehabilitation centers and facilities for children with special needs, and hospitals. They wish children a Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas, give them gifts, and help resolve their issues.
“I would like to believe that children appreciated our care, support, and attention,” Yelena Simakova noted. She stressed that children in Belarus receive support not only during the campaign, but also throughout the whole year.
Larisa Yemelianchik, a consultant on the education work and youth policy at the Belarusian Education Ministry, spoke about the major events of the campaign. “The most significant events of the campaign included the New Year charity event in the Palace of the Republic on 24 December 2020 that was attended by the head of state and the New Year fest in the Palace of Independence. The charity event in the Palace of the Republic brought together 2,400 children. They got wonderful presents: backpacks with the symbols of the new year, a wooden puzzle, and sweets. The kids liked the presents. The program of the event included a performance and games by the Christmas tree,” she stressed.
A series of events in the Palace of Independence on 4-6 January was no less important. “We invited children from large families, single-parent families, children in foster care, and winners of academic and sports competitions. They watched the interactive performance Magical World that used modern information technologies, which fascinated the young spectators,” Larisa Yemelianchik noted. “Another event of the campaign was the Belarus New Year's Eve Ball that brought together around 350 people. The event was held to the highest standard. The ball has already become a tradition, but this year it was easier to arrange, because all the rehearsals went according to schedule. At the end of the ball, the participants received gifts. The event was held for honors students. Every participant also got a memory stick with photos from the event,” she added.