Moldova

Due to the troublesome economic and social context in Moldova, many children live in poverty or have to cope for themselves because their parents work abroad.  Some are at risk or are victims of neglect and abuse or turn to juvenile delinquency. Children from marginalised communities often face discrimination. To prevent violations of children’s rights and better assist child victims, we actively strengthen the child protection system.

What we do

Child Protection

To create a safer environment for children’s development, our team and partners mobilise families, communities and public authorities to protect children who are at risk or victims of neglect, abuse, discrimination or exploitation. We work with schools to ensure disadvantaged children are integrated and can receive psychological support in toy libraries, summer camps, and through group activities. In local communities, we focus on preventing violence against children, strengthening families, and increasing children’s resilience. We advocate for high quality child protection services and build the capacity of professionals to effectively deliver these services to children.

Migration

We work with local communities, parents, and professionals to improve the protection of children left behind due to parents’ migration and to strengthen families affected by migration. At the national level, we raise awareness about migration and how to prevent and reduce the negative impacts of migration on children. Our local experts help children to cope with the emotional challenges related to their parents’ absence, inform parents on how to maintain a sound relationship with their children, and train professionals to assist families affected by migration.

Juvenile justice

Terre des hommes works with justice, education, and child protection institutions and professionals in preventing juvenile delinquency and supporting children in conflict with the law. Our goal is to build effective and sustainable programmes and services that prevent juvenile delinquency, reduce recidivism, and ensure that children at risk of committing an offence are properly protected. Our specialists provide training and resources for professionals, strengthening their ability to understand and respond to children’s specific needs. We advocate for policy improvements and for the development and implementation of child delinquency prevention programmes.

Nicu and Sandu come from a poor background and were regularly missing school to search for food. Thanks to local social workers, the two brothers are now entitled to free meals at school.

Nicu and Sandu, Tdh beneficiaries in Moldova

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Where we work

Terre des hommes in Moldova

Beneficiaries 2017

 

11,197 people

Expatriate / local employees

 

0 / 14

Budget 2018

 

CHF 715,527.-

 

 

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Timeline

2004
Terre des hommes (Tdh) starts working in Moldova by supporting authorities to prevent and fight child trafficking.
2006
Launch of our project in the Russian Federation and Ukraine to protect Moldovan children on the move.
2007
Tdh begins the long-term process of overall strengthening of the national child protection system of Moldova.
2011
Tdh opens the first child-friendly and safe spaces, called toy libraries (ludotecas), where children and parents can play and develop their psychosocial abilities. Over the years, more than 60 such spaces were created.
2012
Launch of the Hotline for Moldovan migrants at risk in the Russian Federation.
2013
Tdh starts its juvenile justice programme to support children in contact with the law.
2014
Tdh Moldova becomes part a founding partner of the regional Iinitiative Child Protection Hub for South-East Europe.
2015
The intervention on the educational and social inclusion of Roma children and families has started becomes one of our priorities.
2015
Tdh begins the development and application of an innovative programme to address the gender stereotypes gap that can lead to child abuse.
2016
The national information campaign “Families without Borders” addressing the protection of children left behind is launched.
2017
Tdh initiated a national advocacy campaign to revise Moldovan legislation with a view of improving protection and availability of specialized services for children in conflict with the law and below the age of criminal responsibility.

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Courage n° 59 – Going back to school, a special event for Roma children
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice

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