One's grief is everyone's grief


Who is behind this?

Vladimir Shevtsov

Green Cross Belarus


Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

We want to thank many European countries which helped our country in reducing of Chernobyl consequences, to present current situation in the contaminated region now and to collect opinions (from inside and outside) of different humanists on the consolidating role of international solidarity

Where will your idea take place?

Belarus, Chernobyl zone

Why does Europe need your idea?

European community is growing. New countries are entering it. They come with own expectation of benefits for their population, economy and culture and of course of expectation of better life. Integration of different nations, cultures and traditions is complicated and durable process in fact. It needs a fundamental base of common human values. Human solidarity is one of such important values which needs practical realization like every “cornerstone”. Chernobyl was a tragedy which united many human beings over the whole Europe for urgent help to contaminated countries and suffering people. It made an impulse for development of civil society and humanitarian initiatives. It helped to open the iron curtain and built bridges between ordinary people in East and West.

What is your impact?

We expect 2 main outcomes from the action. First of all this is public “thank you” which will be presented to a wide public via albums, exhibitions, Internet and media reports. The second one is to prolong the unique tradition of international solidarity, compassion and building of human bridges between countries and cultures via hearts of ordinary people. We plan to get feedback at the round table, during traveling tour of the mobile exhibition and then actively spread out it via Internet. The Action relies more on visual materials because they are the best universal language between human beings.

How do you get there?

-to build international team: ~20 reporters, photographers, artists, etc. from ~8 European countries. The team will make a tour over Chernobyl region during ~14 days visiting contaminated villages, towns, evacuated zone, meeting people and specialists there.
-to arrange round table opening a set of questions: role of humanism, compassion and solidarity for society, lesson learn from Chernobyl, charity and solidarity today, how to continue humanistic traditions.
- to publish album collecting photos and information in ~2,000 copies and to distribute it among European libraries, authorities, foundations and NGOs and present at a number of Chernobyl events in Europe in 2016 and in Council of Europe.
- to build mobile exhibition, open it in Chernobyl area, then present it over Europe

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What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 58000,-

Total budget

Major expenses


What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Green Cross Belarus activities since 1995: Social-Medical Assistance for Chernobyl population, International Art Education, Ecological Education, Safe Agriculture, Dialogue of Centuries (European history and culture), etc.


Vladimir Shevtsov

Idea created on April 12, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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