Campaign to support orphan graduates of boarding schools goes on
The Social Mission “Diaconia” announces the continuation of the fundraising campaign aimed at supporting the orphans that graduated from boarding schools in Moldova. The campaign “Donate Today for Their Tomorrow!” will last until February 1, 2008. Initially planned to last from 1 to 25 December, the campaign aims to support the orphans that have attended boarding schools and cannot remain to live in these schools after graduation. At the same time, they are not provided with dwellings somewhere else and do not manage to fully integrate with the community. In a communique, the Mission says that so far the campaign has collected about 11,300 lei. The money was donated by individuals and legal entities. Diaconia say that this money is enough to support only two orphan graduates. The young people will be included in the Social Housing programme, which is implemented in Orhei town, and will benefit from different social services, including a yearly scholarship. The statistical data show that most often the children are institutionalised because of sicknesses. More than a half of the graduates of boarding schools suffer from chronic diseases and do not manage to integrate with the community. These young people are vulnerable because they graduate from boarding schools at an early age, experienced the abandonment, were psychologically or physically abused, etc. The mental retard, the incapacity to communicate with the people, aggressiveness and pessimism are only some of the deviations observed in the children that grow up in residential institutions, the communique says. According to a UNICEF report, about 90% of the teenagers that graduate from boarding schools in Moldova become victims of criminal organisations or start to beg and become a burden for the society. Only few of them manage to integrate into the society.