The Tony Hawks Children’s Health Centre improves the life quality of chronically ill children from socially vulnerable families.
By working with parents of young children, the Centre is able to give a hope to the family and prevent the child being abandoned to a life locked away in an institution.
Through rehabilitation and parental education, the Centre facilitates the children’s integration into society. The aim is to optimise the child’s potential for the future through physical control and development of their young bodies.
One parents says:
You are saving lives. You make tomorrow happy, especially for our children
Tony Hawks, writer and comedian, who has sponsored the Centre from its very beginning says:
We are at a crossroads. The need for the centre to grow is overwhelming. Moldovan politicians are waking up to the fact that this kind of healthcare should be provided by the state – but a walk around the Children’s Hospital in Chisinau will reveal just how much money needs to be spent elsewhere – and the government just doesn’t have the money
This purpose designed and built centre in the heart of Chisinau has made a real difference by helping hundred’s of severely disabled and chronically ill children each year.
Key objectives of the Centre are:
At the opening of the new therapy centre Bogdan walked across the therapy hall in his school uniform to hug Dr Diana Covalciuc. Ten years ago when he first started attending the Centre the medical profession had written him off and told his parents he would never walk and that they should abandon him. Ten years ago it would have been illegal for him to attend school. Thanks to the dedication of the staff over those years, Bogdan can now walk and thanks to another of ChildAid’s partners in Moldova mainstream education is open to children living with disabilities.