wortundtat helps in Moldova, the poorhouse of Europe

The Republic of Moldova in the South East of Europe – situated between Rumania and the Ukraine – is also called the poor house of the continent. In comparison: in 2016, the about 2.9 million residents of the country generated a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of ca. 5.15 billion Euros (Foreign Office). At the same time, Berlin’s citizens – comparable 3.6 million – managed to generate about 130 billion Euros (Trade Cycle data Berlin). Per capita GDP was thus 1,800 Euros in Moldova, whereas Berlin, with a roughly comparable population, generated 20 times – namely 36,000 Euros. In direct comparison with Germany as another country Moldova falls even further behind. In 2016, the Germans generated more than 42,000 Euros per capita. That was more than 23 times as much as the Moldovans (Federal Statistical Office).

The so-called Human Development Index (HDI*) provides more meaningful information on the living conditions of a country than just looking at the GDP. According to the calculation of the United Nations, the Republic of Moldova ranks in position 107 of 188 countries. The next better positioned country in Europe is Macedonia in 82nd place. Germany ranks in 4h place (as at: 2016). In the following are some impressions of the life, work and the people in the Republic of Moldova. In an interview with wortundtat conducted in August 2012, Carsten Wilms, the Permanent Representative of the German Embassy of the Republic of Moldova, described his view of the country.

Engagement in the autonomous region of Gagauziya

In the south of the Republic of Moldova is the autonomous region of Gagauziya  with a population of about 155,000. It is divided into a large stretch of land and several enclaves, which are in part independent of the Republic of Moldova. One of the three towns of Gagauziya is Ceadir Lunga with about 20,000 residents. According to unofficial estimates, about 45 percent of all people able to work in the region, which is characterized by agriculture, are without employment. The water network only supplies sanitary water. Drinking water comes from special wells. The supply of electricity and natural gas is very irregular. In cooperation with members of the town’s congregation, Tamara und Vitaly Paunov already started to provide aid for the poorest years ago – as best as they could with the limited funds they had available. The helpers draw strength and their will to help from their belief; whenever they are met with openness among the poor, they tell them of their belief.

The contact to wortundtat was established in 2006 and together they succeeded in founding the non-profit organisation Gloria. Using a former bank building, Gloria set up a medical-diaconal centre, where help for the people in the region has been organised since 2007. Heinrich Deichmann, chairman of the administrative board of DEICHMANN SE and son of the wortundtat founder Dr. Heinz-Horst Deichmann, devotes particular attention to this project. Husband and wife Marion and Dr. Gert Maichel intensively support the work in the town, acting as project coordinators.

In Moldova, wortundtat is involved

* Apart from the Gross Domestic Product per head of a country, the HDI takes in particular life expectancy and the level of education of the population into account. It is calculated by the United Nations.