Aşchiuţa Home's Renovation Project
Thanks to the kindness of Rev Fred Morey, pastor of Searsburg Community Church, we are scheduled to commence the renovation of the children’s bathrooms on June 12th. He will be joining me in Chisinau Moldova and we will begin to remove the old plumbing, walls, and flooring, and take the steps to correct years of leakage that has most likely affected the wood beams of the home.
The congregation of FBC Interlaken set up a small fund to assist with the Summer Camp costs for the children during this project. Without their help this would not have been possible. The children will depart Aschiuta Home the morning of the 11th in preparation for the extensive work that needs to be completed.
Sadly, we had made plans for this project over two years ago. The work was considered essential then. However now, it’s an absolute crisis.
Recently, a minister in the states made a plethora of promises to help numerous groups and organisations in Moldova, including the rennovation project for Aschiuta Home. The Moldova prison system invested heavily in obtaining documents and details for a promised communication system. They prepared complex schematic work, in anticipation of the equipment’s arrival, when a national company in the states completed the upgrade of their security system. The old equipment was being donated to Moldova prisons, along with a large number of other items.
Also, I was promised that a blue print was being drawn up for a new home to accommodate the most vulnerable children who arrive as victims of child trafficking. There were many more promises of assistance including training programmes, help in securing uniforms, medical equipment, etc. Perhaps the saddest of all was a promise that was made to assist in the sponsoring of a Moldovan student. She set her heart on that promise, only later to find that the words were without substance.
I was invited to preach at the minister's church and present the children’s needs. Of course, I joyfully participated. I was profoundly grateful that so many needs were being addressed. When I shared the good news with so many officials in Moldova they were beyond ecstatic!
I’ve been in many churches in America, but I had never seen a church quite like this one. It was immense! My first impression was that it could have doubled for a basketball court and football field combined. Behind the lectern there was a raised stage where a small band played. What fascinated me most though were the six-foot screens on either side of the stage where a range of images could be displayed from a central electronic control station located at the back of the church. It brought to mind a sound and light show at one of London’s West End theatres.
As I returned to England I was ecstatic over all the help that was to come for so many. Over the weeks and months that followed, I received calls from the minister telling me of all the wonderful things he was in process of doing to help. But after a few months, when I began to ask simple questions about arranging dates for him to come out with me, to meet the government leaders in Moldova, the minister would tell me of accidents and tragedies that were affecting him and his family. I accepted this and never pushed, but I did repeatedly ask for some form of communication from any one of the businesses or individuals who had promised this help. He kept telling me that he’d be glad to write something himself, but he would never commit to securing any specific communication from them.
I was probably late in my decision to do this, but after six months of repeated promises I finally telephoned one of the organisations that the minister told me was connected with the help we had been promised. I was profoundly saddened to learn that they had absolutely no knowledge of the project, the church, or the minister. I can’t say how saddened I was, on two levels.
First, it was self-evident that all the hopes and aspirations of the children and principals of the Moldovan villages, prisons and children’s homes, would not receive any help. Secondly it was the fact that the Moldovans accepted what was told to me without reservation. They openly trusted my word and they worked hard to provide essential details and information to help facilitate the orderly arrival of the goods.
It is indeed a tragic event when people make promises and extol their own self-importance before people who hold lesser fortunes. Scenarios such as this can also create doubt towards people of an entire culture. And in those instances, prejudices can be formed.
Salvati Copiii Moldova, (Save The Children Moldova), Aşchiuţa Home, and I are profoundly grateful for the kindness and charity of the people of Searsburg Community Church and the Pastor and congregation of First Baptist Church Interlaken for reaching out to the children of Moldova.
Also we are most desperately in need of a large transport van for the children. (ours has rusted away!) Some organisations have told me that businesses often lease vans and then donate them to charities for a year at a time, thus taking tax credits as a result. However, we’d be more than delighted to have ANY van!! (If it’s imported into Moldova, however, it must be no more than six years old and must be a left hand drive vehicle.)
If you are able to provide financial support, the charity registration and bank details are listed below.
And finally, if you would like to come to Moldova, I would be delighted to have you as our guest! We ask that people travel in groups of two please and we are pleased to assist with transport and accommodation.
Our list of needs is constantly changing and is as diverse as the seasons. In the village we have an incredible list of needs for the school and community centre.
Several Rotary chapters have provided invaluable assistance and we hope to have more organisations and individuals come to meet the children and learn how you can make a difference in their lives.
You won't regret it!
Thank you for your care!
Official street address for forwarding financial funds:
ONG "Ave Copiii" Moldova
str. Constantin Stere 1, MD 2009
Banking details. (Transfer information)
(account no.) 1011620002711 (For US Dollars)
filiala 3, str. 31 August 49, Chisinau
Chişinău, Republica Moldova