Thursday, September 3, 2015

Brest plans to build hospice

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BREST, 3 September (BelTA) – A hospice for adults will be build in the Belarusian city of Brest, Chairman of the Brest City Hall Alexander Rogachuk said on 3 September as he met with a delegation of the German cities of Ravensburg and Weingarten that have a twinning agreement with Brest, BelTA has learned.

The construction site for the hospice that will provide care for patients with a life-threatening illness has already been chosen. Alexander Rogachuk explained that specialists are presently studying hospice construction practices, including from Ravensburg and Weingarten.

He emphasized the importance of friendship ties established between women from Brest and its German twin cities. “This is an example of public diplomacy. We cooperate in different areas, but the friendship between our women makes this cooperation special. They significantly contribute to the development of our relations,” Alexander Rogachuk noted.

The twinning agreement between Brest and the German cities was signed in the Belarusian city 25 years ago. After some time, women joined the efforts to bolster the bilateral cooperation. “We are interested in things that women care about, like how families live, how adults communicate with their children and grandchildren, and what the cultural environment is made up of. Our projects depend on our jobs. For example, in 1994 we invited the director of the medical rehabilitation center for children with psycho-neurological diseases Tonus to visit Germany with us. She made contacts with German colleagues. Since then, some 70 Belarusian specialists have undergone internship training in Germany,” explained Svetlana Gil, the curator of the project and a member of the board of the Brest division of the Belarusian Women's Union. 

Sabine Hermann who led the delegation of women from the Union of Communities of the German Mittleres Schussental also believes that everything starts with friendship. “We support each other, develop projects. I do not see a difference between Belarusian and German women. We care about the same things,” Sabine Hermann noted.

Women of Brest and the German Ravensburg and Weingarten have been jointly implementing charity projects in education, healthcare, and culture for 20 years already. Over 300 women have taken part in exchanges of delegations over this period.

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