Moldova: ‘Orphaned’ Children

Most kids in Moldova’s orphanages are not orphans, technically. Their parents, struggling with some of the lowest incomes in Europe, simply leave Moldova to work in other countries for financial survival. Some estimates place the number of such kids as high as 98% in Moldova’s orphanages. Although they do have parents, and their parents care about them, they live without the daily interaction of a small family group and struggle emotionally, even cognitively, to blossom in their development. Global Hand NGO partner, Help the Children, supports not only orphanages but, increasingly, finds foster families for these ‘institutionalised’ children to have a chance at normal family life.  Care such as this costs money, however, and this NGO, in order to scale up and be sustainable, has opened thrift shops where it gives training and employment to the ‘orphanage graduates’: social enterprise in action. In 2018, CGV UK helped facilitate a valuable match for Help the Children, when they received coffee shop furniture from a UK donor, giving their workplace a sense of professionalism and comfort, invaluable gifts as these young people transition into their adult lives.

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