Thirty three years on, the Chernobyl region springs to life

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Reconstruction works are underway at an Orthodox monastery in the village of Yurovichy, within the Chernobyl-affected Kalinkovichy district of Belarus. Before the disaster, the monastery hosted a boarding school for children with learning disabilities. It has now been returned to the Orthodox church and acts as a spiritual, cultural and historic centre, offering social help to vulnerable groups and hosting cultural and educational events for both children and adults.
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The EU-funded weaving centre in the village of New Gusevitsa in the Homiek region supports the revival of the ancient craft of hand weaving. Artisans pass this unique knowledge on to the next generation, creating new rural jobs, and helping to restore Chernobyl-affected districts and their heritage.
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Local community leaders like Iryna from the Botvinovo village in the Chernobyl-affected Chechersk district, are passionate about preserving the centuries-old craft of bread baking and educating people about sustainable agriculture. She employs her creativity, talent and amazing energy to open her native village to tourism, communicating the stories of local heritage and revival to people from all over the world. Every month this unique museum, which is supported by the EU, welcomes around 1,000 visitors.
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Children from the “REKHA” Ethno Music Choir sing Belarusian worship songs in the yard of the former Bernardine monastery in the town of Mazyr, Homiel region. The choir is part of a residency programme called “The Valley of Angels”, designed to restore monastery buildings and to turn them into spiritual, heritage and art spaces.
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A worker cleans a restored mosaic on the facade of an 18th-century cathedral of an Orthodox monastery in Yurovichi village, Kalinkovichy district, Homiel region.

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