The public orphanage in Załucze accommodates approx. 130 children of various ages. Among the children are sufferers of Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, and a range of disabilities caused by the incident at Chernobyl.
The head priest of the local parish, Father Jan Radoń, ‘discovered’ this otherwise closed institution. Thanks to God’s grace, the management of the orphanage agreed to show the children’s living conditions, which were later greatly improved through the help of many people. Currently 8 volunteers are supporting the children by teaching them basic skills and coordinating the distribution of humanitarian aid.
However, there are still many problems. One of them is insufficient financial support. The other is the need to change the mentality of people who brand those with disabilities as ‘punished by God’ and in need of isolation. Therefore, any kind of aid, including financial aid, will also contribute to gradually persuading the locals that the help is selfless and comes from the heart.