Project information

Free therapy for poorest nation in Europe

Our partner in Moldova, Hippocrates, will be provided with a purpose built multidisciplinary therapy centre in which they will deliver free non-invasive, low-cost, treatments. This service provision will be available to the poorest families for children living with chronic disabilities

6-12 months construction followed by many years of care provision

Charity information: ChildAid to Eastern Europe

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  • Need


    Provision of health services for disabled children in Moldova and their families either do not exist at all or have shrunk to such a level that they are completely ineffective. Differing priorities and a culture of blame result in a lack of co-ordinated thinking and service delivery. Poor services result in families being forced into social exclusion and isolation without access to the help they need to meet the particular needs of their child.


    Hippocrates provides free services to the most disadvantaged families such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy, orthotics and speech therapy. All of this is carried out in a small, 2-room apartment.
    The need is for larger premises so that:
    - more children can receive this life-transforming therapy
    - additional services can be provided, such as inclusion of a hydro-therapy pool, toy library etc
    - more parents can be taught non-invasive techniques

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Construction of phase 2 of new centre


    » Phase 2 to be constructed, including foundations
    » Economic heating arrangements to be installed for both phases

    Success will be...fully operational centre treating in excess of 500 children each year with over 10,000 individual therapies

    Aim 2

    Develop and train for new therapy techniques


    » Including use of hydro-therapy and sensory equipment

    Success will be...expansion in services provided including hydro-therapy and sensory provisions

  • Impact


    Children are provided with treatments they would not otherwise receive. Some, such as Stella, will be able to walk contrary to the state doctors who said she would never be able to do so.
    Through awareness of issues affecting disability, empower children and their families to be fully engaged and accepted in their communities from a position of being hidden away and living with social stigma.


    Corruption and project overspend. Tight project management and fiscal discipline both locally and from the UK and ensuring only bona fide contractors used.


    Financial management reports during construction.
    Annual reporting of service provisions undertaken upon opening of the centre.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £30,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 hydro-pool fit out area
      £3,000 structure erect walls etc
      £3,500 roof/windows secure building
      £2,500 flooring disability access and final preps
      £14,500 finishing prepare interior & exterior walls
      £3,500 utilities complete installation for phase 2

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    ChildAid supporters £2,000 Conditional
    Tony Hawks Foundation £2,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. Gross Domestic Product is US$2,300 (ranked 182nd from 227, CIA World Factbooks) but with the 9th worst growth rate at -7.7%. Disability is seen as a “problem” to be solved only by experts and excludes families. Disabled children are institutionalised or hidden away and do not receive access to society or education. Services do not exist at all or have shrunk to a level that are inoperable and ineffective


    Officially there are at least 13,000 disabled children in Moldova - the true figure is more likely to be above 50,000. The state can ill-afford to offer any treatment - and at an average wage of USD130 per month families can not buy any support themselves. There are very few non-governmental direct service facilities. Parents have little knowledge of risks to children’s health in early childhood.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Tony Hawks Centre is a highly respected service provider and is staffed by experienced qualified therapists and paediatricians. They will be able to absorb, develop and spread effective programmes and help empower families by delivering a breadth of knowledge on care techniques for disabled children. ChildAid has been transforming the lives of the vulnerable, neglected and abused across Eastern Europe since 1973 and have worked in Moldova since 2000.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Diana Covalciuc

    Founder director of The Tony Hawks Centre

    Martin Wilcox

    Charity Manager of ChildAid

    Yuriy Potapenko

    Projects Manager of ChildAid

    Tony Hawks

    Author of "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis" and key benefactor of the Centre

Proceeds from film "Playing the Moldovans at Tennis" to go towards the new therapy centre:

Tony Hawks