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Mogilev will be there to see an active stage of a SOS Kinderdorf project in June 2007, Vice Governor Anatoli Glaz told a press conference following the board meeting in the region administration.

Last year the first foundation stone of the would-be SOS Kinderdorf (village-type orphanage) was laid in Mogilev.

Mogilev Region Governor Boris Batura, who attended the ceremony, said in his speech that a SOS Kinderdorf project would enable the region to tackle the problem of child orphans more effectively. The governor assured that local authorities would take an active part in implementing the project offered by SOS-Kinderdorf International (Austria).

This will be Belarus’ third SOS-Kinderdorf with 14 cottages for around 100 child orphans.

The first SOS Kinderdorf project in Belarus was launched in 1995 in Minsk’s Borovlyany suburb, with 13 cottages built, where 85 child orphans live now. Another such orphanage was built in Marjina Gorka.

Besides, SOS-Kinderdorf International is running other projects in Belarus: The Herman Gmeiner SOS Welfare Centre in Minsk, the SOS Youth House in Minsk, the Computer Room project in a Borovlyany secondary school.

SOS-Kinderdorf International has running charity projects in Belarus for more than 10 years already.

For his valuable contribution to welfare projects in Belarus President of international charity SOS-Kinderdorf International Helmut Kutin was awarded the highest state award of Belarus - Frantsisk Skorina Order.

SOS-Kinderdorf International is an international child welfare organisation providing long term care for orphans and children in need. The charity created over 450 orphan villages in different states of the world, giving shelter to over 46,000 child orphans.


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