Oksana – WIT Youth Programs


In 1999 Dr. Cham Dallas, an environmental toxicologist from the University of Georgia, stated that after investigating the genetic effects of very high levels of exposure to environmental radioactivity for the past 10 years, he finds no genetic damage in the Chornobyl animal population and fears of long-term genetic changes in the form of a mutation time bomb. At the time, the two nations most affected by Chornobyl, Belarus and Ukraine, reported tens of thousands of premature deaths and a significant decline in the population growth.

Following the Chornobyl explosion in April, 1986, the greatest contamination covered several regions of Ukraine and Belarus where the population received many times the recommended lifetime dose of radiation. Everyone who lived 160 km south and downwind of the explosion received 7 rems of exposure in the first three days, (5 rems per year is allowed by the US nuclear power workers). The findings that the most radioactively contaminated living organisms are triving – catfish, carp, and other fish species examined near Chornobyl, show levels of radioactive contamination three to five times higher and rodents show levels that are 10 times higher than in the US, indicate the importance of further extensive research for the benefit of humanity. To this end, World Information Transfer has been revising the issue of Chornobyl at its annual conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City since 1992. The findings are published in the World Ecology Reports.


Photos have been taken in 2000 by WIT Regional office in Lviv.

Oksana, with her mother on the left and Roma Havryliuk WIT’s Regional Director, was born after Chernobyl without arms and one leg. She is being refitted for limbs by a fund from WIT to assist her in school where she is a top student. 2000 year.

2000 year.

2000 year.

2000 year.

Oksana has been supported by KKF since 2000. Also full tuition scholarship was granted for Oksana to graduate from The Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.

Oksana, front row, third from the left and next to Dr. Christine K. Durbak, in 2010 with all of the students in Lviv, Ukraine who received the K.Kovshevych Foundation scholarships.


SOURCE: WIT Regional Office, Lviv, Ukraine