CORE - "CO operation for Re habilitation" of living conditions in Chernobyl affected areas in Belarus.

What is the CORE Programme?

•  Set up in 2004, the CORE Programme, supported by the United Nations, is aimed at improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of selected districts (initially four) in contaminated areas of Belarus through the implementation of a range of targeted local initiatives directly involving the community.

•  The Programme realizes projects ensuring integration between local, national and international participants in four priority areas: health care and surveillance, economic and social development of contaminated rural areas, education and cultural heritage, and control of radiological quality.

•  CORE is a coordination mechanism that consolidates joint national and international, governmental and non-governmental efforts and, based on the needs of affected population, helps any participant to identify appropriate projects and partners.

Which Organisations are currently Participants in the CORE Programme?

•  There are many organisations involved with the Programme. They consist of national and regional authorities, international organisations such as the UN, non-governmental organisations (NGO's) which include a number of charities in the UK and Ireland.

•  British and Irish based charities that are supporting the Programme include:

•  Students 10K for Chernobyl, Ireland

•  Chernobyl Children Life Line, UK

•  Chernobyl Children's Project International, Ireland

How long will the Programme be Operational for?

•  The Programme was designed for an initial five-year period after which time it will be independently evaluated and its results assessed before deciding upon further action.


How are projects implemented?

•  Projects can be put forward by participants which are then considered, assessed and selected through a procedure involving a Co-ordination Team, a Preparation and Assessment Committee, and an Approval Board consisting of members from various UN organisations, European Partnership Committee, Students 10K for Chernobyl, a representative from the Swiss Confederation and Chairman of the four District Executive Committees who are the principle beneficiaries of the Programme.

•  Approved projects are budgeted and a donor/ partner sought. Expertise needed for the project can often be a combination of Belarusian and international resources.


What sort of projects are undertaken?

•  Examples of actual projects include:

•  Production of a village area map showing the level of contamination of berries, mushrooms and fodder grass and providing a copy to every family in the village. This project involved the pupils, youth and population of the village of Olmany in the Stolin District of Belarus. Its aim was to assist in the preservation of health of the people living in the contaminated area by identifying less polluted territories for picking berries and mushrooms and less harmful fodder grass for animal feed. The project would also help to promote a radiological culture among the youth in particular.

•  Educating the pupils of rural schools in the Bragin district and their parents, teachers and the school medical staff in methods and skills of eye disease prevention. The project involves examination of the pupils, the identification of the most vulnerable groups of pupils, assessment of possible ways of reducing the risks by improving their conditions at home and in school e.g. daily regimes, food quality including radionuclide content, holding of workshops with different target groups to provide advise on how to combat the negative ecological factors. Vulnerable children will be placed on a course of vitamins aimed at preventing eye diseases and eyes are retested to evaluate the effectiveness of the applied methods.

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