With open heart
New social project — Affordable Health Care — launched in Minsk on September 1st to help victims of Nazism
Old people under the tutelage of volunteers
The volunteers’ work will be aimed at the elderly who experience difficulties in walking or who are bed-ridden. Assistance will be primarily psychological, including visits to old people who often live alone, drinking tea together and talking. At the same time, volunteers will clarify whether the person is taking the necessary medication or call the doctor to consult them. Before working, the volunteers will be trained in seminars and workshops.
At the moment, all those interested in volunteering are invited to apply. The co-founder and Deputy Director of the Centre for Rendering Social Services to Different Categories of the Population charitable organisation, Dmitry Klimkovich, explains, “Partner organisations will provide us with a list of former prisoners whom live in Minsk; in early 2016, there were around 2,000 of them.
We’ll choose those in the greatest need of help and, in October, begin our work. Initially, fifty people will receive our services. To succeed, we need at least 25 volunteers; then we would be able to visit two old people at least twice a month.”
By Anton Kostyukevich