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Partners Update During Coronavirus

Our Partners during difficult times

As the Coronavirus is spreading across the world our partners are highly affected too.

Even under those circumstances, we will try to support them as much as possible so that they can support as many families and children in need. 


There are no travel restrictions to and from Belarus and nothing is closed due to Covid-19.

Isle of Hope:

The Centre is taking extra precautions such as hand washing and sanitizers – but cannot give the young people bottles of sanitizers to use through them not understanding how to use as they would not adequately understand how to use them safely (ie the whole bottle at one time).

A temporary closure did put intense pressure on families who were unable to work (no workplaces were shut and no furlough scheme operated) as the young people need constant care.


The country was largely in lockdown but is now slowly opening up again but with strict restrictions.

New Beginnings:

The Technical School is closed. Those of our dormitory young people who have homes have returned. Orphans remain and our staff are now working full time rather than their usual part-time. 

With one of the main staff still off work, our Project Leader has stepped in and is filling her role. At present both the extra hours and his time is not being paid for and at present extra money is not being asked for but we will need to increase our support for this partner.

Igor and Sasha with their foster children

Children’s Hearts:

The House of Light is shut.

The staff at the Baby Home are volunteers as far as Baby Home is concerned and have been asked not to attend.

The Children’s Hospital is open.

The only service that our partner can perform is to continue to provide families with food etc supplies. Summer activities were largely cancelled but our partners will start to prepare for the hopeful return to school in September. 


While our planned opening at Easter 2020 had to be cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, this has given opportunity for additional refurbishment of the crypt space provided to us by the Baptist Church in Makariv.


State of emergency was been declared with non-nationals unable to enter. Restrictions are being rel;axed although local outbreaks are still being recorded.

Tony Hawks Centre , Moldova 

While the center had to close its doors on the 16th March, the team continually reviewed their government guidelines with the aim to re-open as soon as it is safe so to do. The Centre is now open but with limited numbers attending.

– pedagogues are contacting the patients’ parents/guardians by telephone to guide them in their programs of development of the performances at their homes.

– we will continue to meet most of the salaries of the amazing team.

Esther House:

In line with Moldovan Government guidelines, the Esther House program has been closed until the authorities advise that it is safe to re-open, and under what guidelines.

Not all people in the community have the luxury to simply stay at home to prevent the virus spreading. In a home where there is no food or hope, we are trying to ensure the basics are provided to help families and the children survive.

Family Love:

Coming under the Transnistrian authorities no restrictions were put in place. 

The times are difficult, our patience will be tested however we have the opportunity to do new things, be closer to our family and also help others. 

At this stage, we will continue to fund all salaries at 100% of budget. At least 10 additional families are being helped – each family has been referred to us by the local authorities.

Should any of our beneficiaries contract the virus medical support will be necessary so we will try to support all those vulnerable people who lack the basics and they now need our help more than ever

The last few weeks have been difficult and worrisome for many as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread across the globe. But times like this are when we come together (figuratively of course!) and can make a real change.

Your support is changing lives, please donate now and join us in helping children and families survive.


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