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  • Who is CCRDF?

    Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund is an international non-profit organization working to save the lives of children across Ukraine through our developed life-saving medical programs. Since 1990, CCRDF has launched 32 airlifts and 18 sea shipments, delivering over $63,000,000 worth of medical aid to 31 partner hospitals. CCRDF’s primary objective is to strengthen the Children’s and Women’s Health Initiative Programs in the fields of neonatology, perinatology, infant cardiac surgery, and pediatric oncology.  CCRDF also works to improve the quality of life for orphans with disabilities in Ukraine through nutritional, rehabilitation, and educational programs.

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  • I noticed that Chornobyl is spelled with an “o”. Why?

    CCRDF uses the Ukrainian spelling of Chornobyl recommended by the US Library of Congress and the National Geographic Society as opposed to the Russified "Chernobyl" spelling used during the Soviet era.  Similarly, CCRDF uses the spelling Kyiv as opposed to Kiev in designating local sites.

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  • If the Chornobyl disaster occurred in 1986, why does CCRDF continue its work?

    Adverse health effects continue to affect people to this day due to the long half-life of different radioactive elements spewed from the Chornobyl fallout which contaminated areas with radioactivity.

    Take under consideration the following consequences of radioactive elements on human body:

    Iodine 131 Half-life: 8 days Body cannot determine difference between normal and radioactive iodine and is stored in the thyroid gland.  Causes thyroid cancer and other disorders
    Cesium 137 Half-life: 30 years

    Stored in all organs.  Mistaken for potassium in the body. Causes cancer and concentrates in the muscles

    Strontium 90 Half-life: 29 years Stored in teeth and bones. Body is fooled in thinking it is calcium.  Causes leukemia and deformities of the skeletal system
    Plutonium 239 Half-life: 24,000 years Does not exist in nature.  It is absorbed into the blood system. Causes cancer and blood disorders

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  • How do Chornobyl’s adverse health effects continue to affect today’s population?

    Radiation can cause changes, or mutations, to the body’s genes which can be manifested through the development of diseases such as cancer later in life, and possibly as birth defects in future generations, or the children being born today.

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  • Who do you help now?

    CCRDF continues helping the most vulnerable of Ukraine’s citizens – its children. 

    “The impact of the Chornobyl catastrophe on the health of the affected population cannot be calculated using one uniform approach to fit all risk groups.  Undeniable is the fact that liquidators, children, and pregnant women have suffered the most.  Particularly, the children, living constantly on contaminated territories and children born to the families of liquidators are characterized by poor health and polymorphism.  Among these, the incidence of all types of diseases per child is twice as large as it is among children from ‘relatively clean’ territories.  The numbers of virtually healthy children in regions contaminated with radiation are much lower than average numbers throughout Ukraine, according to the data of local epidemiological studies: this number has dropped from 3.2% in 1997 to .5% in 2005.” (Chornoby's Long Shadow by Dr. Olha Horishna. published by CCRDF in 2006)

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  • I know of an ill child in Ukraine.  Can CCRDF help?

    At present, we have one program which may be applicable to this inquiry.
    If the child (6 months – 18 years of age) is suffering from an oncological disease and is in need of medicine which the state cannot provide, you may qualify for our Project Lifeline program.  To apply, your treating physician and you must fill out this application in English and send it to Marta Stetsyk at mstetsyk@ccrdf.org. Only applications in English will be accepted.

    Find out more on the program.

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  • Do people still live in Chornobyl?

    Yes. Although a 30-kilometer "dead zone" was set up around the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Station where human habitation is officially prohibited, several hundred people continue to live illegally off of land that is contaminated by radiation. The authorities permit these people, mostly elderly, to reside in the "dead zone" since they have lived there their entire lives. Outside of the "dead zone" over 1.2 million people continue to live on land polluted by "low level" radiation.

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  • I would like to visit Chornobyl. Can CCRDF arrange a guided visit for me?

    CCRDF does not arrange guided visits to Chornobyl, but you can contact Kyiv's Chornobylinterinform at +38.044.235.50.14 which can help arrange a tour.

    Information on visiting Chornobyl can also be found on the Chornobyl Nuclear Plant’s  website.

    When in Ukraine, you should certainly plan a visit to the Chornobyl Museum located in Kyiv’s Podil area on 1 Khorevyi Alley where tours are given in Ukrainian, English, and Russian.  To find out more, contact the Museum at +380-44-417-5422.

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  • Does CCRDF offer educational materials to individuals and organizations?

    Yes, CCRDF has Dr. Horishna’s research in English and Ukrainian, “Chornobyl’s Long Shadow: Health Consequences of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster.” available. The scientific research presented in the book informs readers of the health impact of the Chornobyl catastrophe.

    If you are in the US, please send a check for $14.95 to the US office to obtain the 50-page book of Dr. Horishna’s research in English and Ukrainian, “Chornobyl’s Long Shadow: Health Consequences of the Chornobyl Nuclear Disaster.”   

    If you are in Ukraine, please visit our office located at vul. Khreschatyk 25, suite 28, Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00-18:00 with your donation of UAH 120.

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  • I am a doctor in Ukraine and would like to get one of the translated medical texts.  How can I get my copy?

    You can visit the Kyiv CCRDF office located at vul. Khreschatyk 25, suite 28 Monday-Friday between the hours of 10:00-18:00.

    The books are free-of-charge; please come with your accreditation.

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  • What is the best way to help your organization? 

    Since all of our programs depend on contributions, the best way to help CCRDF is to help us raise funds.

    • The easiest way to help is to surf the web – it’s that simple! Every time you search the internet a contribution is made to CCRDF. The opportunity to raise funds is provided by a search engine powered by Yahoo!, called GoodSearch. Make GoodSearch your homepage on your internet browser so that you can help raise funds for medical programs which support CCRDF’s partner hospitals and orphanages throughout Ukraine. To set GoodSearch as your homepage follow these trouble-free instructions:
      • Go to www.goodsearch.com
      • Go to your toolbar and click “Tools”
      • Click on “Internet Options”
      • Click the “General” tab
      • In the “Home page” box click “Use current”. You should see the GoodSearch page appear.
      • Click “OK” and your homepage is set to GoodSearch!
      • Now, to make sure your searches benefit CCRDF, type CCRDF in the blank space provided under the questions “Who do you GoodSearch for?”

    You can even check how much money CCRDF has raised to date by clicking on the “Amount Raised”.

    Please tell your friends and enjoy surfing the web!

    • Sign up for our regular news updates and participate in a fundraiser near you.
    • If you represent a company, consider matching your donation with your employee.
    • Introduce us to a corporation or foundation interested in supporting our cause through their developed CSR program. To find out more, click here.

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  • Do you accept in-kind contributions of clothes or medical supplies?

    Yes, but the clothes must be new and the medical supplies must be critical to the hospital’s needs and not expired.  To proceed with your contribution, contact Evgeniya Medvedenko at emedvedenko@ccrdf.org who will direct your contribution accordingly.

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  • Who finances CCRDF?

    CCRDF receives corporate grants on a year-to-year basis from various companies, but the steady majority of its contributions is received through private donors, such as you.  To join our mission and make your donation, click here.

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  • For what will my donation be used?

    All donations support our programs.

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  • Are donations I make to CCRDF tax-deductible?

    Yes, donations made to CCRDF are tax-deductible.

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  • Can I earmark my donation for a certain program?

    Yes, you can designate your donation towards an existing project by letting us know when making your donation.

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  • Can we receive aid from CCRDF for our organization?

    Although CCRDF does not give out grants to organizations, we do partner with reliable institutions and foundations to fulfill our promises to the 31 partner hospitals and 3 orphanages.

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  • I am a Chornobyl survivor and I need to get a Chornobyl victim ID from the Ukrainian government.  What do I do?

    CCRDF is not affiliated with this procedure but we can offer the following information: address your inquiries to the Main Department of Labor and Social Welfare (website in Ukrainian).

    Also, refer to the Law of Ukraine on status and social protection of citizens who suffered from Chornobyl catastrophe, which determines the status of a Chornobyl victim and spells out the procedure of receiving Chornobyl victim ID as well as respective benefits (text in Ukrainian).

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    Please email your question to webmaster and we’d be happy to answer your inquiry.

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