Reactor 4

The Nuclear Disaster.

On April 26 1986 The reactor exploded

The empty space is where the reactor core used to be.

The contents were sent into the sky as highly radioactive dust, polluting large areas of Belarus and Ukraine

The Sarcophagus

This structure is all that protects us from the remains of the reactor.

Welcome to the Swindon Link

Belarus

The present borders of Belarus were established during the turmoil of World War II. The former Soviet republic was occupied by the Nazis between 1941 and 1944, when it lost 2.3 million people, including most of its large Jewish population. There are about 400,000 ethnic Poles living in the west of the country.

Webmasters note (22/2/14): We will review the contents of this page when the current political situation has stablized.

Ukraine

As Europes second largest country Ukraine is a land of wide, fertile agricultural plains, with large pockets of heavy industry in the east. While Ukraine and Russia share common historical origins, the west of the country has close ties with its European neighbours, particularly Poland, and Ukrainian nationalist sentiment is

Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986 at 1.23 am technicians at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in the Ukraine allowed the power in the fourth reactor to fall as part of a controlled experiment. To carry out their tests, they de-activated several major safety systems that would have shut down the reactor in an emergency.

Fundraising

The simple truth about running a charity as active as the Chernobyl Childrens Life Line is that we are continually fund raising to finance the childrens visits. It costs over £350 in air fares and UK taxes to get each child here and to pay for their activities here.

Some of

Hosting

The families that help the children have a great time whilst in the UK fall into two categories:

  • A family that can host two children for either two, or four weeks during the summer.

  • A buddy family, who may be unable to host, but can provide assistance to hosting families.

The Family Support Project

Formerly the 1,000 Families Project at Chernobyl Children’s Life Line.

The Family Support Project is a way of helping children and families in Belarus and Ukraine who find it hard to afford the most basic necessities in life. 

When the Project started in 1998 it was called the 100 Families Project as the target at the time was to help 100 families.  This soon became 1,000 families and it was then we decided to re