We are delighted to have partnered with the Christian mission, Ora Moldova to support Esther House in the village of Valcinet.
A day centre for children aged 5-15 who are at risk. They are from poor families, often left with relatives or neighbours as parents work abroad, or are in single parent families or from families where there is alcohol abuse and violence. Some parents do turn up at the Centre demanding that the child should be home looking after younger siblings, or working around the house or in the fields.
The Centre is open five days a week and children arrive after school from 1pm onwards. It is also open during school holidays. It supports 70 children - with 20-25 attending each day.
The activities are varied and effective:
The children have tutoring classes in groups. The tutor offers expertise and encouragement and it is notable that school results are better than those children not attending the Centre.
The children love being at the Centre and are proud of it, so take it in turns to clean and maintain it.
A whole range of skills are taught together with an understanding of food and where it comes from. It’s fun, therapeutic and a great bonding activity.
Receiving little parental guidance, the children are taught the importance of everyday hygiene. Attention is given to hair, skin, teeth, hands, nails, feet and menstrual hygiene.
The staff seek to ensure that the child’s well-being is paramount. A positive environment helps support the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of every child. There is mutual trust and respect and strong links are built with the school and community.
All of these courses aim to make the children more responsible and prepare them for life ahead in a more positive and developed way.
Thanks to ChildAid’s partner, MAD-Aid, we were able to deliver brand new computers to Esther House. The children have shown a great deal of interest in these and we are now very keen to start IT lessons and with thanks to some of our faithful supporters we are now able to provide these lessons throughout the week.
Esther House uses drama and dance to help build fitness and self-confidence. We have been keen to provide them with an outdoor covered stage area and seating in the grounds. This will be a great asset to the Centre and will enable them to build links with the local village when they put on performances and shows. We are delighted that a Rotary district in the UK have provided the funding to allow this to be built.
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