In the town of Anenii Noi, kids, some with mental, some with physical disabilities, have a new place to learn and play. Open for a year, the new Social Rehabilitation and Integration Center aims to bring disabled children classes and companionship. And sometimes it provides a refuge for kids and their mothers, says Svetlana Balan, the center's director. "These children didn't have anywhere else to go, this is actually the first such center in the district and the kindergartens wouldn't accept kids like this, they'd have to stay home."
This is just one of several projects aimed at bringing those who were formerly excluded into mainstream society. With support from the World Bank, Moldova is reaching out to the needy and vulnerable.
Decisions From the Bottom Up
In Transnistria, Moldova, this means including the poor in community decision-making. 98 percent of the residents of Parcani voted to put a much-needed roof on the local school. The school's principal worked hard to round up the votes for the roof. Up until the last minute, she says, she wasn't sure she would pull it off.