We came to a small, green gate. As soon as we got out of the car, Mrs. Pavlina came to greet us. She went to the well to fetch a bucket of water. “You will definitely do well, that’s what they say when someone is coming in your way with a bucket full of water”, said the woman, holding the bucket in her hand. After that she looked at us gently, and tears began to fill his eyes. “It’s good that you’re here and helping us,” she added.
Six pairs of eyes
We entered the modest yard. We talked for a while, after which we were invited to go inside. The house still smells of paint and lime. In the room on the right, six pairs of eyes are looking at us curiously. “These are my grandchildren”, says Pavlina.
The children’s father is deprived of his liberty, and the mother is a victim of addictions. Thus, one day, the children were left alone, in a cold, untidy house, all crowded and hungry. Grandmother Pavlina, although full of fears and uncertainty, was forced to take care of her six grandchildren, so she moved into this house about two months ago.
Six pairs of eyes were still looking at us. Grandma invited us all to go to the kitchen, to the room on the left. We all sat around the table, and grandma’s eyes, still full of tears, seemed to shine brighter.
When she left her own household and came to this house, she did not know where to start tidying up. With the help of good people, she washed what could be washed, cleaned everything around, then painted the doors, glued wallpapers, whitewashed the house, rebuilt the outside threshold. Now the house looks different, the children go to bed clean and with their tummy full. But there is still so much to do for the safety of children.
“Grandma, Grandma, Grandma”
“Grandma, grandmother, grandmother”, Sănduț (2 years old) kept shouting. Ionel (4 years old) was insistently looking for a toy under the table. Mihăiță (7 years old) listened carefully to the adults’ discussion. Dănuț (9 years old), with blue eyes, expressive, who studies in primary school, tries to be only eyes and ears, and to monitor what the two younger brothers are doing. Sofia (10 years old), the eldest of them all, who will be fifth grade in the fall, is nestled on the bed, dressed in a white shirt and the skirt that her grandmother bought yesterday from the neighboring city, especially for the last day at school. Her gaze says that she saw too many difficulties, and the enormous responsibilities overwhelmed her, while her place should have been at play, together with the children from the coommunity. The youngest of all is Anișoara, she is only one year and two months old. She sits in his grandmother’s arms and nibbles on a cookie. “Grandma, grandma,” Sănduț shouted again.
CCF Moldova imperative assistance
CCF Moldova specialists closely monitor the situation of the family and direct their efforts to create decent living conditions for the six children and their grandmother, at the same time, the organization works so that the risk of separation of children is completely excluded.
From the financial sources collected during the second edition of the “Fairytales from Home” campaign, basic necessities for children are to be procured, so that they can enjoy a beautiful childhood.
For the safety of the children, Mrs. Pavlina really wants the whole territory to be fenced with metal mesh, so that the little ones are permanently under her supervision. “Due to the fact that we don’t have a fence, the little ones come out of the territory around the house and I have to be constantly on the lookout. If everything was restricted, it would be safer and I would be much calmer”, says the grandmother.
But Grandma’s biggest wish is a well in the yard. All day long, water is brought from the spring and from the well of the neighbors. Now that it has warmed up, the road to the spring is not so difficult, but in the cold period of the year it is extremely hard and even dangerous. “What a joy to have a well in your yard. You do not have to carry water for food, washing and other things. It would be a real rescue for a grandmother with six children “, says Mrs. Pavlina while she waved to us and thanked us for the help offered.
Unfortunately, Grandma Pavlina sadly confessed to us that she does not have the necessary amount to make the much desired fence and well, but we believe that together we can help her achieve this dream, collecting the amount of 45 000 lei. It would be great if this summer the children would drink a cup of clear water from their own well, without having to go to the neighbors’ well. We can help them by accessing www.donatii.md and making a donation wholeheartedly.
We will continue to support Grandma Pavlina and her six nieces and nephews to provide the necessary assistance and create the necessary conditions for all of them. The children need to grow up in a safe, healthy and harmonious environment.
* First name changed in accordance with the Child Protection Policy CCF Moldova