Moldova is one of the largest hubs for human trafficking in Europe. Many traffickers target orphans (both boys and girls) that are "aging out" of government-run orphanages. Our partners in Moldova have shared stories where corrupt orphanage officials are even informing traffickers when desirable children are being released from their institutions. Under such a scenario, the traffickers wait curbside in vans as the naïve and vulnerable youth enter a world they are totally unfamiliar with. Other children are simply picked up off of the streets, missed by nobody.
Jesus Saviour Church, led by Pastor Vasile Surdu, is trying to get there first, reaching out to these children during a highly vulnerable time and taking them into transition homes when necessary. In conjunction with World Orphans partner, New Hope International, summer camps are held for street children. World Orphans short-term teams have participated in these camps to help the church build trust and relationships with kids who have often been abused and exploited.
For children who require family-style residential care because of highly risky situations, Jesus Saviour Church places them into their transition home situated on the church property. The home was funded by World Orphans and is one of many transition homes that World Orphans is establishing, through partner indigenous churches, for the vulnerable children of Moldova.
World Orphans still needs to provide Jesus Saviour Church with $1,485 per month for the care of the children and upkeep of the transition home.
Summer Outreach Camps to reach the street children in Moldova cost World Orphans approximately $15,000. We still need this funding for 2010 camps.
MOLDOVA COUNTRY PROFILE:
Number of Single Orphans* (one parent lost): 77,000
Number of Double Orphans* (both parents lost): 3,600
*not including abandoned, sold or trafficked children
Average Income: $460 per person
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