Gloria – meeting need, illness and loneliness with kindness
In the south of the Republic of Moldova lies the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia with a population of around 155,000. It is divided into a central region and several enclaves some of which are independent of the Republic of Moldova. One of the three cities in Gagauzia is Ceadîr Lunga with a population of some 20,000. In the predominantly agricultural region, around 40-45 percent of those fit for work have no jobs, according to unofficial estimates. The water network only provides industrial-use water; drinking water comes from special wells. Electricity and natural gas, which is extremely expensive, are only available irregularly. The wortundtat project Gloria was officially inaugurated in 2006. Its various services are mainly intended for children, the elderly and those who are sick.
Our partner in Moldova:
We support these services:
• Medical Polyclinic
• Outpatient nursing service
• Residential hospice
• Clothing bank
• Soup kitchen
• Meals on wheels
• Team of builders for “emergency renovation”
• Daycare nurseries
Medical care – So that old and sick people do not have to fend for themselves
The wortundtat partner employs a range of specialist physicians in a medical outpatient clinic. The in-house laboratory is able to carry out a wide range of investigations and patients can obtain various medications for a reasonable price in the pharmacy. An outpatient nursing service also cares for people at home and, in the first residential hospice in the country, nurses support people in the last days of their lives.
Guests in the hospice of the wortundtat partner Gloria, in the Republic of Moldova, are cared for and supported. This is the first residential hospice in the country.
Helpful health services
People who otherwise could not afford to go to a doctor are supported at Gloria.
Social welfare support – A wide range of services for poor pensioners and families
Pensions in the Republic of Moldova only provide a livelihood for a few older people. Often, they only have enough to pay for heating or food, a doctor’s visit or clothing, medicines or home repairs. This means that many people go hungry, live in ramshackle houses or wear worn out clothing. The social welfare services provided by the wortundtat partner are thus also very varied: Clothing banks, social workers who make house calls, a soup kitchen or a team of builders to renovate run-down houses are just some of the services that help in the face of these hardships. Three day nurseries also meet the needs of children – especially those who live with their grandparents while their parents are abroad working. With a combination of inventiveness and lots of love, the carers here create spaces and facilities where the children can take up activities that are appropriate for their age and that stimulate their imagination.
How we help poor families – a gallery of images
Many pensioners look after their grandchildren because the parents are working abroad. The wortundtat partner Gloria supports these people in Ceadîr Lunga.
When the social workers drop by bringing food or other aid, it is a massive relief for poor families.
At the clothing bank provided by wortundtat partner Gloria, people of all ages find enough to be able to dress appropriately.
Many people do not have the money to buy clothing and food. Gloria’s clothing bank and other services help them.
Whilst the husband works abroad, the mother tries to make sure that these three children survive. The annex in which she lives urgently needs renovation.
The extension to the grandparents’ house where the family lives was close to collapse when the Gloria team of builders turned up.
Help for poor families
Gloria has many approaches to helping people in “the poorhouse of Europe”.
Educational services – learning and playing together in many different ways
A few hundred children and young people visit the daycare centres that wortundtat supports in the Republic of Moldova. They come to the centre on weekdays and, first of all, can eat a hearty meal after school. Then there are various services on offer – help with homework, for example, the chance to play, learn languages or attend a Bible class. “We involve the children in the work as far as possible. And we don’t just serve them the meal – we let them help with the preparation too”, says one of the helpers. At the moment, wortundtat supports children’s daycare centres in Ceadîr Lunga, Cazaclia and Vulcănești.
Child daycare centres in Moldova – Impressions of the work
There are hardly any public playgrounds in Vulcănești, so the playground on the site of the children’s daycare centre is very popular.
Many children get no help with homework at home, as their parents often travel abroad to earn money. The children’s daycare centre helps.
Only very few children can learn craft skills at home. In the children’s daycare centre, they get really involved.
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