Relief Transport for Belarus
The people in Belarus are suffering from the current situation in the country. Among other things, they need simple material support. That is why TOS Ministries International is sending a relief transport there. In the "Your Sport for Transport" campaign, exercise lovers had the chance to turn their hobby into real help for the transport by collecting mileage money. But also every euro donated without a Charity Run brings the truck a little closer to its destination.
Many people know the political situation in Belarus from the headlines. What is perhaps less well known is that the population is suffering from a very difficult economic situation. We have been working as an aid organization in the country for more than 20 years and see the need for an aid transport
Who will benefit from the aid?
- a hospital,
- Belarussians in need, and
- our ministry among drug addicts in Svetlagorsk.
Reasons for the Aid Transport
In 2000, we established a Rehab Center for drug addicts in Svetlagorsk in the south of the country. At that time, the town had the third highest per capita rate of drug addicts of all former CIS countries. Over the past years, our work has gained the recognition of public institutions. Doctors in the city have become its advocates. After more than two decades of continuous rehabilitation work, the equipment of the rehabilitation center is now in need of renewal. However, Belarus' economic situation has steadily deteriorated over the past eight years. The shrinking economy and rapidly rising inflation have resulted in some 475,000 people living below the poverty line. In rural areas, like the one where our Rehab Center is located, the percentage is even higher. Many households have to get by on only USD 75 a week. Many things are not available at all or are very difficult to obtain. The covid pandemic has overcrowded the hospitals. There are often no beds available for new infected patients, and the sick have to care for themselves at home. The mortality rate is very high.
Charity runners covering kilometers together
The aid truck has 1000 miles to travel. Sports buffs from Germany and Belarus helped the transport to reach its destination. How? They set out and collected mileage money for the distances they run. In total, they covered an incredible 950 km togehter.