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The Team
Petru and Antonina Chirica lead the Moldova Charity Mission, along with their daughter Doina, Sergiu (treasurer and Mission founder) and Valeriu (social worker). The team is supported by Lilea, a part-time Speech Therapist, and Olesea, a full-time Massage Therapist.

Background
There is very little provision for disabled children in Moldova so we have set up a Day Centre which caters for disabled children who have no access to schooling.

The Charity Mission was registered as a Foundation in 2003 and in that summer ran the first Summer Camp for adults with special needs. We continue to run adults' Summer Camps each year and since 2007 have been running Summer Camps for disabled children. The Mothers' Support group for mothers with disabled children was set up in 2006. It started with 6 mothers and now has 30 plus members. In 2008 we purchased a building which we are now using for our Day Centre.

We are delighted that the Day Centre has now been running for 7 years and has recently been renovated to make it fully wheelchair accessible. the children who come to the Day Centre now receive a hot meal 4 days a week as well as the benefits of a stimulating learning and play environment.

Our Vision
The Charity Mission is a Christian, non-profit and non-political organisation. We help poor families and disabled children in any way we can.

Our vision is to take the love of Christ in word and action to severley disabled people in Moldova. To do this we:
  • Provide for the welfare and education of over 500 people who are very poor and/or have disabilities.
  • Run a Day Centre to support at least 50 families and their disabled children as there are few schools in Moldova for children with special needs. We hope to expand the facilities at the Day Centre to include Sensory and Soft Play rooms.
  • Run an annual Summer Camp for adults and another for about 100 children.
  • Run training events and conferences to help equip churches and other organisations to work with children with disabilities and their families.
  • Offer ongoing support to families affected by disability.

    "Where there is indifference we know we can make a difference"