Moldova School Children

CRS regional information officer for the Europe and the Middle East was in Moldova recently and sent back photos of children she met at a daycare center. A brief report follows the pictures.

Moldova school

Moldovan children at a daycare center run by Sister Maria Tolledo, a religious of the Order of St. John the Baptist. Some of the 34 children who go to the daycare center each day have little to eat at home. The nuns feed them several meals every day. Photo by Laura Sheahen/CRS

Moldova school

At a daycare center run by Sister Maria Tolledo, this girl, Vala (Valyusha, about 4 years old) was eating breakfast at the center when she shouted to other children, “If my mom doesn’t work, we have no money, and we will die of hunger.” Photo by Laura Sheahen/CRS

Balti, Moldova–Moldovan children at a daycare center run by Sister Maria Tolledo, a religious of the Order of St. John the Baptist. Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest countries, and has a very high unemployment rate. Poor people there are vulnerable to being trafficked to other countries and forced into prostitution or begging. When children are trafficked, they are often forced to beg. As a personal project, not an official one, CRS staff in Moldova–along with their families in the US–contributed money to the daycare center so its old and broken windows could be replaced, keeping the center warmer in winter. Some of the 34 children who go to the daycare center each day have little to eat at home. The nuns feed them several meals every day.

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2 Responses to “Moldova School Children”

  1. Pictures from a Moldova Daycare Center | Voices of CRS Says:

    […] CRS regional information officer for the Europe and the Middle East was in Moldova recently and sent back photos of children she met at a daycare center. A brief report follows the pictures in this post. […]

  2. Grade 6P, St Francis of Assisi School Says:

    Dear Sister Maria Tolledo

    We have been knitting blankets and scarves as part of the Guardian Angel Knitting Program, to send over to your daycare centre, to keep you, and the children nice and warm. We haven’t quite finished yet, but we are well on our way!

    We have just been looking at your website, and we are saddened by the poverty that you have in Moldova. It has made us realise how lucky we are in Australia.

    God bless,
    from Grade 6P, AUSTRALIA.

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