Moldova is a former Soviet Union republic, and Europe’s poorest country.
As a result of high unemployment and very low wages, up to a quarter of the population work abroad. The social impact is enormous. Many children are left with relatives or abandoned, and with problems with corruption, alcohol and drugs; many young women fall victim to people traffickers.
Through our partnerships, we aim to provide support to local organisations and churches in their work in the community. This includes tackling the terrible people trafficking issue, and encouraging them through working together on specific projects, particularly with children and young people.
Our support for social, community and outreach work has included our youth groups going over to work with the Moldovans at the children’s camps they arrange at Lacu Rosu, Romania. This involved organising children’s clubs and camps, supporting the Moldovan leaders, and helping to encourage and train emerging young leaders.
Our links have also included a church in the village of Malcoci, which has also organised summer youth camps and activities, and has involved our youth group going over to work with them.
We have helped the congregation erect a church building to serve as a community focus. One of their community projects is running a children’s Day Centre, called “Centrul De Ancora Sperantei” (translated “Anchor of Hope Centre”), for some of the poorest children in the area, which we help to support.
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