Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Largely an agricultural society, employment opportunities are difficult - and any opportunities for those with a disability are even harder.
Moldova is currently at a crossroads as it looks increasingly towards Europe and yet is still heavily reliant on trade with Russia.
Whilst there are small signs of improvement, a substantial fraud against the State in 2014 has had long term repercussions in terms of financial strength and stability of the country.
ChildAid has worked in Moldova since 2000 and currently has four partners:
Tony Hawks Centre: the country’s foremost rehabilitation centre offering non-invasive therapies to children living with disabilities
Phoenix Centre: a partnership with UK charity, MAD-Aid, offering rehabilitation therapies and day care for children living with disabilities in the north of the country.
Esther House: a day centre for children from vulnerable families in rural Moldova
Help the Children: seeking to prevent abandonment in the poorest families in the disputed territory of Transnistria
Providing a place of learning, fun and childhood for vulnerable children
Family Love run a vital programme of preventing the widespread problem of abandonment of children from vulnerable families due to poverty in the disputed territory of Transnistria .
Providing health and sex education on a peer to peer structure
Supplying essential equipment to Europe's poorest nation
A unique day care and rehabilitation centre in northern Moldova
Improving the life quality of chronically ill children in Moldova
Keeping families together in Moldova's poorest region
Helping those in even greater need