THE EMERGENCY CENTRE
Children, who have run away from home because of poverty or violence, youth, elders or families without home or with no income, may have a daily meal at the Emergency Centre. From Monday to Friday, the door of the centre is open for a number of 60-80 people who benefit from a warm meal, medical assistance in case of emergency situations, a hot shower, clothing, shoes and legal assistance.
At the center, we hear their pains, we support them and help them out.
THE MOBILE TEAM
Starting with 1994, the mobile team of the foundation has been daily on the streets, from Monday to Friday and sometimes also during the weekend, in order to reach out to those living on the streets, in the sewerage or in abandoned houses.
There are currently 16 locations where our mobile team is involved, supporting with food, medical help, and legal assistance. During the interventions led by the mobile team, we have helped many children to get back to their families, or to be integrated in placement centres. As long as there are people on the streets, we will be there, too.
SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES
35 families very poor families, living on the brink of survival, are annually supported for paying the rent, medical interventions, food, school supplies, clothes and footwear, home repairing materials. We help them through the support of our specialists and with legal information about the possibilities that the state may offer them. We help the family, we help the child to be able to remain with his/her parents.
PREVENTING SCHOOL DROP-OUT
Many are speaking about them, but not much is being done. They are the Roma. For centuries they were slaves, and after the abolition of slavery they continued to be poor and persecuted. Many still face marginalization, poverty and discrimination and are trying to survive by resorting to marginal survival strategies, even begging in the streets of major cities in Europe.
Some come from Măcelarului Valley, a community of 700 Roma where only two people have a job. No running water, no sewer, no road, no civilization, no house, no cavalry, living from one day to the next. Stigmatized, despised, but without any support, they seem condemned. Children are the future. Education is the only chance for a normal life. That is why 120 children from the Măcelarului Valley and 120 children from Bughia de Sus are supported by the foundation, with lunch, at school. Many of them lack clothing, shoes, school supplies and because of their poor diet, some of them cannot go to school. Through this program, school drop-out has decreased, while their school performance and health improved. Education in Romania is free, but it costs.
STRATEGIES FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
When one can reach Măcelarului Valley by cart and horse or by SUV only, one understands how small chances these people have for a normal life. This is why we knocked at all doors so that a paved road may be built.
In partnership with the town hall, we started sewage works. The town hall has facilitated the building of the water infrastructure, while the foundation has financially supported the project, making the access to running water possible for 110 households. Together with the local authorities, efforts are being made for land registration that may enable land allotment to locals. Without legal title and address, there are no roots. And without roots, one ends up wandering on the streets of Europe.
The Republic of Moldova is poor and the war has blocked the outlet of agricultural products that people were living from. This is the reason why over 40% of the children are abandoning school, while parents lack the resources to support them. In Purcari, life is hard. We have been to many families where we only found sufferance and resignation. When hope dies, the future disappears. Here is why the foundation opened an after school program for 35 children who are being supported with food and are given the possibility to develop their competencies or catch up with school. School attendance, school performance and health have considerably improved.
During summer holidays, 70 of the Purcari schoolchildren who face major problems in school are being helped by teachers in recoverying of school knowledge and benefit from food.
ANOTHER KIND OF SCHOOL
Children have dreams, but dreams need wings to fly. When life has given you an extraordinary talent but poverty does not help you use it, someone needs to put wings to their dreams. Through this program, we encourage children from arts school to paint, to knit and to build wonderful things. This year’s creation camp has been received with great enthusiasm. Who could ever count the value of a smile or the joy of a child who can dream again?