Developing and empowering vulnerable people in Moldova with the aim of preventing sexual exploitation, abuse or trafficking. Building self-worth through spiritual and healthy moral education. 

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Moldova is the poorest country in Europe and life for many is full of difficulties. The average monthly salary in Moldova is only £200 and few opportunities exist within the country, leading to mass migration. Many children are left behind without parental care or proper education. Those still living with parents often experience domestic abuse and neglect.

Our ministry partner, Beginning of Life, provides education and support programmes to the most vulnerable people in Moldova including education and awareness raising sessions in schools, support and guidance for single mothers and rehabilitative care for victims of human trafficking, abuse or exploitation.

As a Christian organisation, Beginning of Life encourages participation in their Christian camps and clubs which has led to many people exploring their faith. Currently, 350 children and teenagers attend their weekly church services.

Covid-19 – Emergency Response

Covid-19 lockdown had a significant impact on the way that Beginning of Life could deliver its routine programmes and support to vulnerable people. Programmes and training have been delivered on-line. Food security has been a big issue for families, teens and single mothers, who have all been supported with food packages.

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Programmes include…

Psychological Art Studio

Combining art and psychological care, taking advantage of the best discoveries in these areas. Providing art therapy to victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation as well as people who suffer from loneliness, depression or domestic abuse. Learning new skills as well as participating in Arts festivals, exhibitions and fairs bring additional incentives to improve people’s self-esteem and hope for the future.

Early Learning Centre / Family Garden

Providing a safe and supportive environment for single mums and their children. To help the mums who often come from broken, abusive homes or are divorced or abandoned to learn how to relate to and look after their children.

Urban Centre / Place of Change

Empowering young people and families for a better future. Tackling issues such as exploitation, trafficking, drug abuse. Safe space for teenagers in the youth club. A subset of this work is work in schools, mainly with high-school students, teaching them how to avoid or deal with exploitation, trafficking or drug abuse. The Urban Centre seeks to influence and shape a new generation of young and passionate citizens, who will be capable of taking responsibility for making a real difference to the situation in Moldova.

Humanitarian Aid Centre

The centre distributes food, clothing and hygiene items. Recognising the desperate situations faced by vulnerable groups of Moldovan society, Beginning of Life opened a humanitarian aid centre with the aim of providing assistance to the most vulnerable and needy.

Studio of Innovative Leadership

Training and equipping leaders from Beginning of Life’s programmes, but also for training leaders from other organisations in (and outside) Moldova.

Beginning of Life’s 2020 impact…

  • 1,300

    People heard the Gospel

  • 180

    People received medical care

  • 31

    Leaders trained

  • 1,540

    Food/relief parcels distributed

About Moldova

Population: 2.6 million

Emigration: 1.5 million people have left Moldova since the early 1990s

Economy: The poorest country in Europe

Average monthly salary: ~£200

From its independence in 1991, Moldova has faced political deceptions, economic crises, high unemployment and numerous social problems. Decades later, many of these issues remain.