German embassy donates humanitarian aid to orphanage in Minsk

Representatives of the German embassy on Wednesday delivered humanitarian aid to an orphanage in Minsk where severely disabled children live.

In an interview with BelaPAN, Holger Rapior, deputy head of the embassy, said that the donation was part of the German government's program to provide humanitarian aid to countries where it has diplomatic missions.

"The projects are mostly aimed at providing help to those who need it," he said. "Most of the projects address the needs of ill children, children with disability. These are specific projects that involve buying furniture, special equipment, kitchen equipment."

"Such moving moments touch your heart," said the diplomat.

Svyatlana Malashka, chief physician at the orphanage, said, "The humanitarian aid includes 10 medical tables and a wheeled stretcher that can be raised or lowered. This is very important to us because our institution provides care to bedridden children with severe brain damage. We need what we were given today to care for them. We cannot buy this equipment ourselves."

The orphanage is the residence of 55 children under four years of age whose parents either had their parental rights terminated or abandoned them after birth. "Nine children are kept on breathing machines. The equipment will be used in these wards. We need the medical tables to facilitate our nurses' work," said Ms. Malashka.