Twenty five years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine, the effects continue to be felt throughout the region. In neighbouring Belarus, children, who were not even born at the time, are among some of the worst affected.
In the wake of the disaster, there was a serious increase not only in radiation related health problems but also in social problems, such as alcoholism. Many parents were simply unable to cope with raising their children, abandoning them to either orphanages or foster homes.
One such is 8 year old Vika. After Vika’s parents failed to care for her properly, she was sent to live with her grandmother, who subsequently died. Then she was put into an orphanage. Now she is in a foster home in Chechersk.
Bible Society is working to bring children's Bibles to children, such as Vika, so that they can know the love of Jesus in their lives.
This article is from The Word at Work – New Year 2012.