26th April 1986, saw the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl in Northern Ukraine explode &
subsequently blanket Belarus with radioactive contamination. FOCC Black Country is a registered charity in England
providing respite care for disadvantaged children from the contaminated areas of Belarus following this nuclear
Area: The Black Country is situated in the industrial heartlands of the West
Midlands conurbation approximately 8 miles from Birmingham. Our central position in the country gives us access to
a wide range of amenities, most of which the children in our groups have sampled.
Group Coordinator: Howard Barber - Tel: 01384 457420 or email
General background: FOCC Black Country was set up in late 2001, with our first visit of 12 children
from Mogilev taking place in June 2002. In 2007, we continued our work with a second group of children, again from
Summer Visit 2012:
The visit took place between 30 May & 27 June. We had three new children time &
two new Host families too. Thanks to all those who worked hard to make this years visit
Once again, many people & organisations offered their support to make this years visit possible. The photo
gallery below provides a flavour of some of this years activities.
Children & Interpreter
We are sailing.......
Upton Warren Sailing club
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We are always glad to hear from anyone who may wish to become involved as a Host family,
Helper, Fundraiser or Sponsor. Our 2013 visit is scheduled for 22 May - 19 June, so if you are at all
interested in helping in any way, please contact us through theGroup Co-ordinator.
There are now two easy ways for you to help raise
funds for FOCC Black Country!
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If you wish to support us in this way, please click the link
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