A little about Moldova
Tucked between Romania and Ukraine sits the small country of Moldova. It is highly reliant on Russia for fuel. Many of its agricultural products are not accepted in Western markets due to a lack of adequate health and safety standards. The average daily wage in Moldova is less than $25 per day. Faced with limited opportunities, many Moldovans are desperate to emigrate from Moldova to find a better life, and more than 25% of Moldova’s small population have already migrated from the country. Those who remain in the country face a seasonally fluctuating unemployment rate, very low wages, and an increasing cost of living.
This environment allows a corruption-dominated society and organized crime—particularly human trafficking—to flourish. Given the bleak employment situation, young girls are lured to phony job advertisements promising lucrative jobs abroad. Ninety percent of Moldovans who have been trafficked experienced violence at home. Upon arrival, their passports are confiscated, and they are forced to pay their traffickers through prostitution.
Children’s HopeChest is partnering with Beginning of Life, a Moldova-based, multi-faceted ministry that provides youth education, training and empowerment services, trafficking prevention, rehabilitation and reintegration programs, and a network of community resources to help provide opportunity and a future to Moldova’s youth.
Children’s HopeChest is creating healthy healing communities for vulnerable individuals in Moldova through its Community-to-Community partnerships. As North American communities begin to partner with local CarePoints and their communities, they will work together to increase spiritual and vocational training and empowerment that improves economic stability and personal self-sustainability.