The American Belarussian Relief Organization ( ABRO ) is an American non-profit organization dedicated to Improving the lives of children Located in areas of Belarus affected by the Chernobyl disaster of April 26, 1986. The main focus of ABRO is to Provide children with time away from the contaminated areas of Belarus.
The organization’s American headquarters is located in Zebulon, North Carolina .
Received 70% of the radioactivity released by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor when it was exploded in 1986, leading to serious evacuations and serious health consequences for those in the contaminated areas. The radiation leads to a higher occurrence of cancer , birth defects , and a weakened immune system.
ABRO was taking over in 1991, when families at the Connecticut River Valley Fellowship Church in South Windsor, Connecticut took over the first group of 13 children and two adult chaperones for a six-week period in the summer. Those involved in the outreach traveled to the Mogilev area of Belarus in 1993 and met with Belarusian community leaders to discuss their concerns. ABRO was created as a partnership between the American and Belarusian leaders in order to give a brighter hope to Belarus’ children.
From 1991 to 2004, 3100 children have traveled to the United States and another 400 years of summer camps in uncontaminated regions of Belarus. In 2004, 37 groups totaling 540 children came to America along with their interpreters.