Name given to several different charities that arose from a grassroots
level, both within and outside the former Soviet Union
, to provide aid and assistance to children
living in heavily irradiated zones after the Chernobyl
The primary mission of these ongoing charities is to provide summer-long, out-of-country vacations for the affected children, to give their bodies a chance to expel some of the excess radiation they absorb, drink, and eat. Things like a summer in France, or a summer in Florida, in the home of sponsor families.
A particularly vexing problem for these children today, some 14 years after the incident, is the astounding rate of thyroid cancers of various types.