ChildAid’s most recent project partner is the Phoenix Centre, in Riscani, northern Moldova.
We have had for some time a great partnership with UK charity, MAD-Aid. They are able to source ex-NHS and other medical and care equipment such as wheelchairs and take them to Moldova where hospital beds are over 50 years old and wheelchairs are so very hard to obtain (and not at for the majority of the population). Over 200 wheelchairs have been provided and many to the children cared for by the Tony Hawks Centre and dozens of beds and other key equipment. ChildAid has helped in the funding of the shipment of such items.
The Phoenix Centre opened in September 2015, and is the first centre for children with disabilities in north Moldova. The building was a disused kindergarten and given free on a 49-year lease from the local authorities.
The staff provide treatment, social and educational inclusion for children with disabilities, and much-needed respite for their parents and carers. The local community is fully behind the project.
It is open 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday from 8 am till 5 pm. At present the day centre has 31 beneficiaries, 15 children attend every day for 5 days a week, others are at the centre 2-4 days weekly.
Every fortnight there is a 10-day Assessment Programme for 20 children. The aim of the programme is to assess children’s needs early in their lives and to support parents to care for them safely and in a way appropriate to their individual level of disability.
ChildAid were pleased to arrange training for the physiotherapists with the Tony Hawks Centre. Therapy started straight away as so eagerly awaited by children and their parents.
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