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WHAT’S NEW – January 2016


Bookshelf now has three books authored by Jerry Kubica on its shelves. Bookshelf

  • Footprints on Monte Cassino

  • The GULAG Trail – Footprints into Exile

  • The Road Home

Our special thanks and appreciation go to Pamela Brown MA for the editing of these books, and for her continued interest in the work we do.

Our Roots Trust is now on Facebook and ORT Group has also been set up on Facebook. This will help to project ORT profile and the work we do.

Belarus – The requirements for Belarus Tourist Visa have changed. Now it is necessary to obtain an official invitation from a travel agency in Belarus, specify the exact dates of entry and exit, and pre-book and pre-pay the stay in a hotel for the exact number of days of the visit. In effect, these requirements make the visit to Belarus considerably more expensive and restrictive.

The next Update will include the results of the School Competitions and the Zadzievie project.

Fund raising

As in all previous years, ORT does not intend to hold any public fundraising. Private sources are adequate for the planned disbursements in 2016 but if Jerry Kubica, one of the ORT Trustees, will obtain a visa for Iran and travel solo to Tehran to see the Polish cemeteries there, and then on to Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, some donations may be sought as an expression of support for this undertaking.

Year 2016

Schools in Postavy, Belarus – letters have been sent to all the schools in Postavy inviting their pupils to participate in the 2016 annual English Language Competition.

Scouts - sponsoring the initiative and work of the St.Anthony of Padua Church in Postavy in the development of Scouting.


Plans for 2016

UK - Polish (Saturday) schools. As in 2014, we will open an invitation to submit a request for support of projects undertaken or planned by a school for 2016.

The Baltics, Belarus, Ukraine – financial support for teachers coming to this region to from Poland to teach Polish subjects in local State schools.

Cassino, Italy - invite the schools in Cassino to participate in the 2016 ORT English Language Competition.

 Year 2015

Girl Guides – sponsored the Zadziewie project. The old cemetery in Zadziewie, on the far side of the lake opposite Postavy, has many graves with Polish names. The girl-guides have created a list and photographed all the graves to provide a data base for people who may wish to search for family or relatives buried there.

Schools in Postavy – sponsored the 2015 annual English Language Competition around stories on two topics:

  • The story behind the photo

  • Return to Postavy

16 children participated; three submissions merited the “Excellence” ORT Award, and  all other children received graded ORT Awards.

Publications and Commemorative tablet – one of the sponsors of Michael Hill’s work on the history of Postavy and its people.

Reception Home for Children (Dzietsky Pryiut) – as in previous years, Jerry Kubica, in his role as the “uncle” from England brought fruit and confectionery for the children. A shorter than usual visit as it coincided with the Orthodox Church Easter celebrations, but the Director of the Pryiut gave produced copies from past years of several articles in the local press about his visits of which he was totally unaware - a pleasant surprise.



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