Mogilev in Belarus


The city of Mogilev lies in the east of Belarus & is the administrative centre of the Mogilev region. It was established on the bank of the Dnieper River more than seven centuries ago, is approximately 200km from the capital Minsk & is the third largest city in Belarus. In 2011, it had a population of just under 370,000 people. All of the children hosted to date by FOCC Black Country have come from this city. All of the children hosted by FOCC Black Country to date have come from the city of Mogilev and its surrounding villages.

Cathedral of three Saints

Mogilev’s major Eastern Orthodox cathedral, an architectural specimen of the early 20th century, was named after Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologian, and John Chrysostom. The seven-dome cathedral was built in the form of a cross in the pseudo-Russian style.

the Buinichi Fields Memorial

The memorial commemorates the soldiers who defended the city against the Nazis for 23 days in July 1941. The heroism of the soldiers is one of the brightest pages of the Great Patriotic War. Not far away from the chapel (centre of photo) is the Lake of Tears, representing the suffering of mothers who lost their children during the war.

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sports palace

Ice hockey is very popular in Belarus. The Belarusian national ice hockey team is currently ranked 9th in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in their 2016 rankings. Mogilev has its own arena.

Village Life

Some of the children that visit us are from the villages surrounding Mogilev where there are no proper roads, no running water or electricity and many of them share just two or three small rooms used for cooking, sleeping, playing and working.

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Shared apartment blocks

Those that live closer to the city are in apartment blocks or hostels with communal entrances, leaking roofs, dangerous disrepair, and cramped living spaces.