The organization “Chernobyl Union” of Tokmak
The organization “Chernobyl Union” of Tokmak was created in 1996. It represents the interests of 267 Chernobyl
victims in the Tokmak area, of whom 29 were plant workers suffering from
diseases related to the disaster, 78 were children permanently relocated here
after the disaster, and 189 were disabled liquidators who assisted with the
containment of the disaster. 29 have
The Chernobyl Union of Tokmak is a volunteer organization created under
the motto, “Humanity and Mercy”. It is
legally registered, and possesses official seals and stamps, as well as an
official charitable bank account at “Privatbank”. Its goals are the mutual aid of Chernobyl victims, and the
protection of their social, legal, and economic interests, and accomplished by
rendering material and moral support.
Such efforts have now been underway for over ten years.
Under the supervision of chairman Ludmilla Gregorivna Butenko, a
monument to Chernobyl victims was established in Tokmak’s central district,
which has become for all the city’s residents a sacred place.
With each passing year, the lives of Chernobyl victims becomes harder
and harder. They struggle to overcome a
whole variety of illnesses linked to their radiation exposure. Unfortunately, the national government
continues to ignore many of their needs, especially the liquidators, who
rescued not just Ukraine, but the whole world from a larger nuclear
disaster. Indeed, Chernobyl continues
to affect the life, health, and well-being of all the world’s people.
Today, these Chernobyl victims find themselves in a very serious moral
and material crisis. The law of Ukraine
relating to the status and social protection of those injured in the Chernobyl
disaster, has only been funded to twelve percent of its initial
commitment. As a result, many programs
have been totally discontinued. The
miserable pensions on which the victims must live require that they make
decisions between food and medicine.
It’s very difficult for our hospital to survive during these hard
times. We can’t fix the rooms for Chernobyl victims at
the central region hospital; we need to purchase refrigerators (2), bed
cabinets (4), chairs (2), pillows (4), blankets(4). Those pillows and blankets
that we use already smell the dead. Our hospital is about 40 years old so these
pillows and blankets are almost as old as the hospital. So each pillow has probably had a thousand
Tokmatch citizens who died on it.
Also we need to
find a sponsor who could make a gift donation to provide our organization with
a new computer. We just can’t work any
more as we are doing now without a computer. All the documents and blank forms
are required to be made on computer and we have to run about city asking for
anyone who could make a blank form or any other document for us on the
Chernobyl Union of Tokmak
12 Schevchenko Street, Number 67
Charitable Bank Account
Tokmak “Privatbank” 313399