Registered charity 1150955, Company No 8317917
Together with our three project partners, Communications Workers Union Humanitarian Aid - CWUHA (who are raising money for the project and delivering equipment to the project), Child Aid (who will help and support in training the staff), and Moldova Aid ( a local well-known NGO), we wish to completely renovate an old ‘Activity Centre’ which was built in 1985 and closed for operation in 1995 when the Soviet Union collapsed. This centre is in the city of Riscani in northern Moldova – there are no disability centres in this half of the country.
As of 19 September 2015, Phase One of the Phoenix Centre is complete. We have finished renovation of one wing of the building and are now bringing children from around the northern region to the Centre for learning exercises and confidence-building activities. We still have a long way to go before the entire Centre is renovated, but we are on our way.
We know that many disabled children in rural Moldova have no mobility aids. This means they may not be able to access education unless their parents can afford to pay for home tuition for them. We want to make it possible for isolated children to have access to education, by providing mobility aids, an education centre, and trained staff to teach and care for them.
We also help rural hospitals in communities that have very limited resources. Without assistance it is extremely difficult, if not sometimes impossible, for these hospitals to afford even the minimum standard equipment they need.
Most Moldovan hospitals can not afford hot water and the equipment is of very poor quality. We are here to collect equipment that British hospitals no longer use and deliver it to Moldovan hospitals where it will drastically improve lives. In doing this we also help UK hospitals save the cost of storage or disposal of unwanted equipment.
All the equipment we do transport to Moldova would have been sent to landfills or otherwise disposed. Recycling is making a great difference and changing so many lives, and of course is good for our enviroment. We call it a three way win-win-win situation.
To paraphrase Helen Keller, we cannot do everything, but we can do something, and we must not fail to do that which we can do.
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