PUBLIKA.MD published a story about the community homes in Moldova where six young men now live. These young men left the Home for children (boys) with mental disabilities in Orhei and moved into community homes.
The community homes were developed as part of the Community for All-Moldova Program, implemented by Keystone Moldova in partnership with the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family and with financial support from the Open Society Foundations/Mental Health Initiative and the Soros Foundation-Moldova.
Below is the English translation of the news coverage. You can read the story and view the video of the original coverage here.
Children from the orphanages who cannot be reintegrated into their biological families have a chance to a normal life in community homes. This is the case of six boys, who were taken from an institution for children with mental disabilities from Orhei. Now they have a house of their own and the care that they could not hope.
These children with special needs could be integrated in their biological families, because relatives could not provide the necessary care. Now they live in a house built by a non-governmental association.
“Every morning I ask them what they want to do and if our boys don’t want to do that activity, they are not imposed by anyone,” says psycho-pedagogue Maria Josu.
“The boys help me, they want to participate in food processing–to peel potatoes, onions, carrots,” says chef Elena Borta.
Authorities say one community home is too little for Ialoveni rayon.
“We would like to have two more community houses, because we have girls with mental disabilities, to,” said Deputy Head of Social Department from Ialoveni, Vera Ursuleac.
The non-governmental organizations help the Rayonal Social Welfare Department. “By the end of the year, we play to open seven community homes and a supported living service,” says Ina Crasnojan-Laba, specialist of Keystone Moldova.
According to the Ministry of Labor, Social Protection and Family, there are three community homes for 16 children in Moldova. They were opened by public organizations and local authorities only pay the salaries.