Development of the Network Capacity of Family Clubs in Chernobyl Area in order to Improve Social and Economic Situation

The international technical assistance project entitled as “Development of the Network Capacity of Family Clubs in Chernobyl Area in order to Improve Social and Economic Situation”  has been initiated and is being implemented by Green Cross Belarus NGO with the financial support of the European Union. The main European partner of the Project is Padre Nostro Centre (Palermo, Italy).

The Project is planned for 4 years (2014-2018). The Project’s geography covers Bragindistrict, Gomeloblast.

ThemainobjectiveoftheProjectis to create local communities in order to improve social and economic role of small communities in Bragin district as well as to cope with consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.

7 Family Clubs have been already opened in Bragin district within the framework of the Project. Their members are engaged in the promotion of healthy living, preservation of historical and cultural traditions, development of entrepreneurship in villages and small towns. Club members organize and participate in various activities such as seminars and workshops, sharing trainings, concerts, festivals and Nights of Arts.

By the end of the initiative, it is planned to organize regular productive work of 8 Family Clubs, which will increase the quality of area residents’ life. 50 participants of the program will become assistants and consultants for local village councils.

The official website of the Project (In Russian and Belarusian)

Pupils from some schools in Gomel oblast began running their own subsidiary plots on the school grounds last year. Social beds is the name of this initiative which appeared as part of the International Green Cross SocMed Programme.

At the end of the summer, when the main crop begins to ripen, the season of fairs usually begins in Belarus, where farmers bring potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples and other vegetables and fruits that are traditional for our area. But in Loev this year the harvest festival has been held unusually, because the main character was a watermelon.

On the last Saturday of August, Loev will receive guests at the holiday “Day of Watermelon and His Friends”. Loev District Executive Committee will support this holiday and it will bring together participants of the “Watermelon and His Friends” initiative, as well as everyone who is interested in this topic.


In School gardens, participating in the Initiative “Watermelon and His Friends”, experimental work is in full swing. By mid-June, the first fruits of watermelons appeared on the experimental sites.

To conduct an independent external assessment of the results of the implementation of the International Technical Support Project “Development of the Capacity of Family Clubs in the Chernobyl Zone in order to Improve Social and Economic Situation”.

The beginning of spring was the time of knowledge and new ideas for Bragin residents. On March 1-5, 2017, 26 members of family clubs from Bragin and Loev districts participated in the work of the 4th workshop “Family Clubs and Social-Economic Development of the Region”.