Community-based volunteer initiatives for empowerment of citizens in remote areas of Belarus

About of project:

Project Period: 18.12.2012 – 17.11.2016

Budget: € 393,333; EU contribution – € 294,750

Implementing Agency: Danish Red Cross, Belarusian Red Cross Society

Location: Brest, Viciebsk and Mahilioŭ Regions


Public organizations that are committed to caring for the elderly, the disabled, orphans and other vulnerable categories are often under-staffed. This problem is particularly relevant in remote areas of Belarus. NGO volunteers come to help; they work hard and selflessly for the good of others.

Goals and Objectives: Expand the circle of the Belarusian Red Cross volunteers in Brest, Viciebsk and Mahilioŭ Regions through joint efforts of local authorities and non-governmental organizations.  Key activity areas: volunteer training, provision of assistance to vulnerable people, awareness-raising activities for local residents.

Intermediate Outcomes: The volunteer outsourcing system includes forums and meetings, best practice promotion, and arrangement of summer camps.  More than 4,000 people took part in the Project in 22 months.

More than 2,000 volunteers from small towns and remote regions took part in the development and implementation of mini-initiatives. They are aimed at preventing the human immunodeficiency syndrome, promoting of a healthy lifestyle, caring for the elderly and people with special needs and assisting orphaned children and children with disabilities.

An amount equivalent to € 400 is provided to the best 120 initiatives/winners.

2,345 people took up the volunteer management/outsourcing course; they acquired nursing and first aid skills, and learned about HIV and tuberculosis prevention measures.

The volunteers looked after 13,000 people – the lonely and the elderly, people with special needs, children suffering from chronic diseases, as well as their family members.

Points of Contact: Yuliya Vidunova, National Project Coordinator

+ 375 29 730 95 40, +375 44 775 72 36,