Maria arrived in Belarus today to visit children living in areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster and to see for herself the work of a number of UNDP youth-focused projects that her Foundation has helped fund.

As soon as she landed, Sharapova went to the town of Chechersk and visited the hospital’s “Fairy Tale Room” which provides treatment to the children in the form of interactive games and psychotherapeutic sessions. She then visited UNDP’s “Ecology of the Soul” project at the Local Arts Centre and spoke to children involved in raising awareness on environmental issues. The project, funded by the Maria Sharapova Foundation, works with youth to spruce up public spaces, clean springs, make bird feeders and plant bushes. Needless to say, she was a big hit with the children, all of whom wanted to pose next to her and have their photos taken.

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