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Project information

Changing Lives in Moldova - One Step at a Time

The project will enable children with physical disabilities to access vital professional therapies that will improve the quality of their lives and that of their families. It will also contribute towards changing systemic attitudes towards children with disabilities within the wider community.


Charity information: ChildAid to Eastern Europe

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  • Need


     Basic free health care provision is limited to emergency assistance only. All other care (including medication) has to be paid for, including under-the-counter payments.
     The quality of facilities for children in care remains very poor and is not considered a high priority for government spending.
     Children with disabilities and additional needs continue to be on the receiving end of negative stereotyping and stigma within the government and wider community.


    What is so successful about the Tony Hawks Centre’s approach is that it combines rehabilitation and parental education, which promotes a child’s integration into society. The aim is to optimise the child’s potential for future development of their bodies through a range of non-invasive therapies including physio, speech, hydro and sensory development. Additional services of family aid and education, psychological counselling, and orthopaedic equipment provision supplements this activity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide free individual medical evaluation, assessment and multi-disciplinary therapies


    » Up to 50 children each month visit the centre to receive one or more therapy sessions

    What success will look like

    The results of rehabilitation are proven at each treatment remedy and recorded with the help of various international development scales

    Aim 2

    To provide psychological counselling and special needs education


    » If funding for psychologist is obtained then children and parents needing counselling and special needs education will be seen with predefined plans

    What success will look like

    The number of children integrated within kindergartens and general schools, or in special educational facilities

    Aim 3

    To provide material support to socially vulnerable families


    » Clothing, medicines, hygiene products provided as needed to most severe cases

    What success will look like

    Preventing a child being ill, their presence at school, and the evidence of progression in their condition

  • Impact


    The vision of the Tony Hawks Children’s Healthcare Centre is to change community attitudes, contribute towards positive changes in government policy, and to bring lasting change to the lives of children and their families… one step at a time.
    Continued financial support of the State to the Centre and to similar organisations caring for children and families living with disabilities.
    Children with disabilities will be given a voice that society doesn't listen to at present.


    The lack of financial resources for modern equipment, growing and developing staff limits the work with children in their social and educational development and with their families.

    The shortage of health care providers is one of the biggest challenges for Moldova; and we have also seen a massive exodus of medical specialists.

    Our Centre is affected by these trends, so we will deal with this by needing to adequately pay, educate and retain our own young specialists.


    Regular reporting through social media and hard copy updates.
    Volunteer visits will be possible for donors who want to be more actively involved.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £96,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £80,700 16 Qualified Staff Over 600 children seen each year
      £9,900 Premises Providing therapy rooms, sensory room, hydro-therapy pool
      £1,135 Transport To bring children to the Centre
      £3,795 Administration To facilitate smooth running of Moldova's preeminent rehabilitation centre
      £470 Consumables Medicines and hygiene products

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    State Health Insurer £27,170 Guaranteed
    Local donors £6,690 Conditional
    ChildAid Supporters £12,000 Conditional
  • Background


    Moldova is situated between Ukraine and Romania in the most easterly part of the continent.


    The project will enable over 600 children, all with physical disabilities, to access vital professional therapies that will improve the quality of their lives and that of their families.

    It will also contribute towards changing systemic attitudes towards vulnerable children with disabilities and additional needs, within government, civil society organisations and the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Established over 40 years ago, ChildAid is privileged to have seen a transformation of attitudes and action towards children; particularly those with disabilities and additional needs. This is thanks, in no small part, to ChildAid partner organisations, who fought hard over many years, for the rights of disabled children to be enshrined in law.
    ChildAid has been partnering with Tony Hawks Centre since 2000.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Diana Covalciuc

    Tony Hawks Centre founder and director

    Martin Wilcox

    UK based manager who will oversee the financial management and communication processes

    Yuriy Potapenko

    UK based project manager who will strategically manage the project

Moldova remains one of the poorest countries in Europe. It's economy relies heavily on its agriculture sector, featuring fruits, vegetables, wine, wheat, and tobacco. Moldova's economy remains vulnerable to corruption, political uncertainty, and Russian political and economic pressure

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