In the country of Moldova, poverty is the norm. Caught between the East and West, Moldova is a former Soviet nation taken from its mother country of Romania by Tsar Nicholas of Russia right before the Soviet Revolution in 1917. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Moldova has struggled to develop an independent national identity. It is the poorest country in Europe. The level of poverty in some villages rivals what you would see in Africa or South America, but definitely not what you would expect to see in Europe. Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) developed the Adopt-A-Community program around areas like these, where organizations and churches can make a long-term investment into improving conditions for those stuck in the perpetuating cycle of poverty. For those who cannot make a long-term investment, COHEU has alternate programs that can still make an incredible impact. The latest program involves providing groups of rabbits for families to raise and breed. Since female rabbits can safely provide up to 10 babies every two months, raising them can provide food and a source of income for people otherwise out of work. This affordable and sustainable solution has the potential to significantly impact lives in Moldova, as well as initiating meaningful relationships between the people in the community and our local partners. To find out more about how you can be involved, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
For the last three years, Convoy of Hope Europe has been working to bring help and hope to the village of Biesti, Moldova in a unique, transforming way through our Adopt-A-Community program. While projects in Biesti have involved construction work in the school and building playgrounds, the sponsor churches in Holland and Belgium also decided to provide coal to families in Biesti that could not otherwise afford to heat their homes in the bitter Moldovan winters. One of the families who received a coal delivery recently is a young lady named Liuba and her younger brother Gheorghe. Still teenagers, Liuba and Gheorghe are no strangers to looking out for themselves. Their father began drinking heavily after the death of their mother four years ago. When he too passed away last year, Liuba and Gheorghe were left in a desperate situation. Liuba even tried to commit suicide. Gheorghe works to support them, but since he was unable to complete school, his earning potential is very limited. Without the coal provided to them by teams from Belgium and the Netherlands, they would have no way to stay warm. Liuba was overwhelmed by the coal delivery, and told the team they not only brought warmth for the home, they brought warmth to her heart. She now knows that she and Gheorghe are not alone, that God will provide for their needs, as He provided the coal. Additionally, the pastor from a nearby church in Orhei offered Liuba room in an apartment for women where she can stay while studying at university. In one day, God came into her home and provided heat for the winter, as well as giving her an opportunity to study at university and make a better life for herself. Thanks to our Adopt-A-Community partners who have committed to transforming communities, Liuba and Gheorghe have the opportunity to start over, to begin their story anew.
Vivian, the wife of the pastor of New Life church in Irbid, tells us about a pediatrician that visits these mothers in the hospitals and in their homes. She discovered that mothers were unable to produce milk anymore because of the trauma that they had experienced. These refugees only come with the clothes on their back and have nothing. They are looking for help with different organizations. The church in Irbid is helping 90 mothers at the moment, but would love to do more. To help a young mother with babymilk, it costs just 20€ each month. As much as possible they would like to help each mother until her baby starts to eat solid food. Join us. 20€ a month will give a baby proper food and nourishment. Mother’s milk in a time like this is always the best. A baby receives not only the nutrients from the mother but also all the love and affection that comes with it. Mothers want to, but many times they are unable. The beautiful dream of motherly love fades in the hard and cold reality that refugees face everyday. These babies are born into a very difficult situation;in a refugee camp and far away from what used to be home. The fathers have been killed, imprisoned or are fighting for freedom. To bring a child into the world in times of war is far from ideal. The Syrian refugee crisis is a current problem, though seemingly far away. But not to long ago something similar happened in our European continent. A book was published about children that survived the ‘hunger winter’ in the Netherlands during the latter part of the Second World War. This research showed that babies who were malnourished while still in the womb and also during their first months as a baby had fallen behind in their development. Churches at that time were trying to help. One of the stories told is of a woman who wanted to give her baby away, at least till the end of the war. What a heart wrenching choice this mother had to make during times of war. When this mother arrived at the church, she was told that there was no room for her baby. They already had too many and could not care for any more, but she was given milk powder and received the promise that she would continue to receive help in the following months. What started as an act of desperation turned into an act of salvation, not just for the baby, but also for the parents. Hope finds a way to make a difference. Join us. 20€ a month will give a baby proper food and nourishment. To contribute to this project or projects like this: DONATE Thank you!
This week marks the fifth anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, which occurred on 12 January 2010. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and the country was practically destroyed. Thus began one of the biggest disaster relief efforts undertaken by Convoy of Hope International. We are deeply grateful that because of 16 European nations, we, as Convoy of Hope Europe, were able to contribute over a million dollars to this response. Within weeks, millions of meals and water purification units were distributed, especially in the area of Port-au-Prince. Over the years, the work has continued. An agricultural initiative teaches farmers needed skills to produce crops, and a 30,000 square foot warehouse was built just outside of the capitol. Today, Convoy of Hope is feeding 62,000 children every school day. For more information, check out the full article on the Convoy of Hope International website.
From July 2nd-9th, 2014, COHEU took its fourth Adopt-A-Community trip to Biesti, Moldova. Biesti is a community that has been adopted in partnership with Mission Impact of L’Église Protestante Évangelique de Tubize of Belgium, and Agape Church, Amsterdam, Netherlands. This time, we were joined by a team from Mission Impact. On previous trips, we have worked to build a relational foundation with the people of Biesti through several community projects. We have done home improvements, built a playground, distributed food, and even handed out 18,500 KG/40,000 lbs of coal before Christmas so families could stay warm through the winter. On this trip, we continued community development by building a fence around the local kindergarten. This helps us to forge a connection with the local education system, which is always a priority for Adopt-A-Community projects. We were also able to help out a local woman who is responsible for supporting her adult daughter with mental and physical disabilities, as well as her two nephews. With very little resources, this woman bears a heavy burden for her family. We were happy to be able to help by making refurbishments around her house, painting, cleaning, and installing insulation under her flooring. Additionally, we held two children’s events with about 165 kids in total. The children around town were invited to a “Special Kids” day where they could play games and sports, do crafts, make bracelets, and even plant a bulb in a pot to take home as a special memento from the day. There was also face-painting, singing, and quality time interacting with these kids giving them a rare treat just to show compassion. We then visited with several local families handing out food and demonstrating to the townspeople that we care and are invested in making their community a better place for them. Thank you to Mission Impact for your dedication and sacrifice for the people of Moldova. Thanks also to Agape Church, Amsterdam for your partnership in Biesti. Stories of previous trips to this community can be found here, here and here. To donate to this project, click here.