First Lady receives humanitarian cargo

17:08, 21 April 2006
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For Chornobyl children.

Kateryna Yushchenko, Head of the Supervisory Council of the Ukraine 3000 Charitable Foundation, took part in a ceremony to receive a humanitarian cargo donated by the American charitable fund “Help for Chornobyl Children.” The shipment was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, according to the President’s press-office.

It contains medicaments having a worth of USD 1.7 mln which will be distributed among eleven Ukrainian hospitals to help children living with cancer, heart disease, and other inborn disabilities.

“I want to express my gratitude to all who helped bring this cargo to Ukraine,” Mrs. Yushchenko said, particularly thanking the fund, which has been helping the Chornobyl children for the past seventeen years.

“What you do in Ukraine shows that the Chornobyl problem does not belong to Ukraine and Belarus but affects the whole world,” she said. “We often forget that this catastrophe has not only technological aspects but also the human dimension. So we think it is important to start a dialogue to appreciate the effects of all catastrophes that have affected the human race over the past twenty years.”

John Herbst, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and Gerald Oberndorfer, Director of Humanitarian Programs at the Assistance Coordination Office, took part in the ceremony.

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