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Yelena Yevtukhova lives with her mother, father, and brother Leo, who is 3 years old. Her favorite media are water color and gouache. She likes to paint in the open air. Other interests include walking with friends, listening to music, and helping people. Lena has studied English at the Art School, and is excited to have the chance to improve her language skills while staying in San Diego.

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Originally founded in 1993 under the auspices of a local church, Children of Chernobyl Foundation is an organization staffed entirely by volunteers. These volunteers reach out to the thousands of children currently living in Belarus (a former Soviet Republic) by offering summer visitor programs to children whose immune systems may still be affected by aftereffects of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion.

Every year thousands of Belarusian children build their immune systems and raise their spirits in visitor programs currently underway in Europe, Asia and in other areas of the United States. Our project is the first program of its kind in Southern California.

Each summer a new group of underprivileged children, selected by our partner organization Medicine and Chernobyl in Minsk, Belarus, receive the opportunity to experience a five-week respite from their contaminated living environments by visiting San Diego. The children we invite have no major health issues. However, our program provides them with a healthy respite from their unsafe environment of radioactive contamination. Clean air, pure water and uncontaminated food result in a substantial improvement in the condition of the children.

The children who visit usually show remarkable changes. These changes include improvements in skin coloring, disappearance of bruises and sores, better appetite and higher level of energy. Families in Belarus report an improvement in the overall health of children who have had an opportunity for a respite visit. While in the U.S., many of the children receive dental and medical care not available to them in Belarus (services usually donated by local doctors).

Each summer, 20-25 boys and girls, between the ages of 8 and 18, spend 5 week vacations during July and August in the San Diego area.

Volunteers comprising our organization are demographically very mixed: They include parents, professionals, teenagers, young people, single, married, and people of varied religious beliefs who all share one common goal... To make a difference in one of these children's lives.
Mailing Address:
Children of Chernobyl Foundation
P.O. Box 721184, San Diego, CA 92172-1184

E-Mail Address:

(619) 814-3790