The saying goes that if you give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. In other words it is better to give people the tools to help themselves, than to make them dependent on short-term external help. It is the belief in this idea that makes us at ChildAid proud to be in partnership with the community centred organisation Y-PEER Moldova to help combat the issues which face Moldova’s youth today.
More than simply a need to be taught how to fish, Moldova’s youth requires a solution to HIV. A 2015 report by UNAIDs claimed that 12,000-21,000 Moldovans live with HIV, with a prevalence rate of 0.6%-0.8% amongst people aged 15-49. Between 2006 and 2007 the number of infections through sexual routes of transmission grew from 57% to 62%, in a clear show of the desperate need for greater sexual health education. Domestic abuse is another notable issue within Moldova. The U.S. State Department’s 2010 Human Rights Report on Moldova reported that 40% of all women experienced at least one violent act in their lifetime, whilst the same report also found that 51.3% of women who had a sexual partner had been victims of psychological violence.
Luckily a solution is available for these issues in the form of Y-PEER. Their aim is to provide practical, moral and Biblical direction to young people in Moldova to prevent sexual abuse and domestic violence through peer to peer health, life and relationships coaching. Y-PEER works with and for young people between the ages of 13 and 24 to advance and educate them on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Annually the network educates more than 10,000 young people in need, being active in over 25 schools, with 16 teams of peer educators across the country and over 300 actively involved peer to peer educators. This community education has helped the youth to defend against HIV, STIs, unwanted pregnancy and domestic violence.
We would not be able to help fund such activities without the kind generosity of our supporters. Your donations to ChildAid allows us to pay for the transportation of the children to the centres, for the refreshments and stationery when there, and to fund the coordinators who ensure that the project goes to plan. This project is still ongoing, and we look forward to keeping you informed about all further progress that we have made through your kind generosity.
You can support the Y-Peer programme here