LEAVES OF HOPE

For Belarusian Children


Registered Charity Number: 1077872


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For Belarusian Children

Registered Charity Number: 1077872


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LEAVES OF HOPE

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You may remember the tragic story of little Alesya Rabchenok who died of peritonitis from a perforated appendix.

Alesya was a delightful little girl, far smaller than her age suggested and forever with a runny nose, always full of so much spirit, gentle mischief and humour. She took such pleasure out of the smallest things and you knew that whatever you did for Alesya would give her a "special buzz".

The photograph of her receiving a Christmas present is one of my personal favourites because it depicted her joy so plainly. Her death was such a terrible shock to all of us at "Leaves of Hope" that I felt I needed to find her grave and take one last Christmas present from us all.  



The little grave was on the edge of the huge cemetery, placed with the other unknowns and unwanted. It looked so cold and lonely it was difficult for me to keep my composure. As I lay the flowers at the base of the cross a pretty little bird flew up and sat on the cross watching me. It was so close I could have touched it.



It stayed until I had laid the last flower, looking at me and then back to the flowers before it flew in a circle above my head and then away with its little friend who had sat patiently watching it from another grave. I will never forget that "little bird".


From that day on we visit the ‘Little Bird’ during every trip we make. We tend her grave, take flowers and light candles in her memory and to reflect upon the work we are doing. We think about all of the children we are trying to help and hope we will not have to visit any more graves.






  









This appeal is dedicated to the memory of Alesya Rabchenok Born 16th January 1994, died 23rd November 2002.


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