CAZANESTI ORPHANAGE, MOLDOVA

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CAZANESTI ORPHANAGE
Welcome to the unofficial web page of the Cazanesti orphanage, located in the village of Telenesti, Republic of Moldova.

I would like to express many thanks to Mr Peter Garst, a representative of the Swiss non-governmental organization „Help the children in Need” who recently visited the orphanage and who has been instrumental in providing assistance to the children. I also wish to thank Mr. Furdui, Director of the orphanage, for his warm welcome and willingness to provide information regarding the orphanage and the needs of the many children who live there. Special thanks to Robert Schuknecht for his proofreading of this web site and for his helpful advises.

Three main problems confront the children at the orphanage:
1. Antiquated heating system and Inefficient windows on the building facilities.
2. Bed-clothes.
3. Clothing for the children (shoes, socks, shirts, pants, dresses, coats, sweaters, gloves, mittens) for children (ages 7 to 15 years old).
Please contact us if you can offer your financial support or advice regarding these issues.

Introduction
The conditions in this orphanage are common, due to the poor economic realty in Moldova. Worse conditions exist at other orphanages across Moldova. The author of this report; however, has his own person interest in this facility as he was a resident and student at Cazanesti from 1978-1986.

My first impressions of the school are during the autumn and winter months. Theses impressions bring back sad memories. Mr. Peter Garst and I are visiting with the Director of the school in his warm office. I noticed the warm temperature difference in his office. The warmth is a result of the copying machine, fax and computer that has stored in the cabinet in his office. Mr. Furdui was very happy to meet with both us due to the 20 large packages of clothing recently sent from Liechtenstein. He was also pleased to see a former student who may somehow be able to assist the orphanage.

We discussed with him the many problems facing the orphanage and school. However, in order t to see first hand the reality of the orphanage he invited us on a tour. According to Mr. Furdui, the state provides approximately 10 Lei (0.8 USD) per child per day for clothing, food and shelter. He stated that orphanage staff make due on about 30% of the resource needed to keep the school and orphanage operating at a minimum level. When asked how they survive, Mr. Mr. Furdui said that they do receive some help from international organizations; however, support internationally has decreased over the last few years. Resources are used carefully, prudently and sparingly.

THE CHILDREN OF THE ORPHANAGE
Children ages 7 to 10 years old attend classes.

From this pot of drinking water, 60 children drink water from 5 glasses. Water is pumped by staff from the local well and hand carried to the school. The temperature in this hall at the time the time the photo was taken was approximately 12-15 Celsius. The same can be said about the temperature in classrooms during the lectures.

In class the pupils must wear sweaters in order to keep warm.

The last two photos are from the music class for 8-year olds. The accordionist has taught music at the orphanage for the past 20 years.

The pupils in the class wear dirty shoes due to the lack of detergent and an antiquated laundry facility.

The floor is seldom cleaned. This adds to the rapid deterioration of the floors surface. When paint is available, the floor is painted its usual red color.

THE HEATING SYSTEM OF THE ORPHANAGE
The heating system at the Cazanesti orphanage dates to the opening of the facility in the 1960s. It functions on coal and the original equipment is considered inefficient compared to contemporary standards. Mr Furdui said that it is possible to convert the system to natural gas; however, until the national gas plan for Moldova reaches the community, the orphanage must be heated by coal supplied by the Moldovan Department of Education. Other alternatives for heating the orphanage are available but due to lack of funding the old system must be used.

ORPHANAGE KITCHEN
The kitchen at the Cazanesti orphanage uses electricity as the primary source of energy. Therefore, in order to function properly and consistently, there must be a continuous supply of electricity. Unfortunately, electricity is often disconnected due to factors beyond the control of the management of the orphanage. When the electricity is turned off, employees must use a wood stove to prepare food for the children. It is not uncommon for children to eat their meals by candlelight. To compound the problem, most of the kitchen equipment is 25 years or older, well past the specified terms for use.

ORPHANAGE DORMITORY
The orphanage has two dormitories, one for children 10 years of age and younger and the other for children 11 to 15 years old. Both dormitories are in need of capital repairs. It has been over 17 years since any major improvements were made to the dormitories. The money given by the state to operate the orphanage does cover this kind of repair work.

The plumbing infrastructure is also old and in need of replacement. Children and staff must carry water from the local well for use in hand washing and flushing the inside toilets. The laundry facilities are also in need of replacement. Due to the lack of funding for detergents, clothing is not washed regularly.

BUILDINGS AND WAREHOUSE
In the photos below, it is evident that there is need for adequate storage for clothing and other donated items. Many items have been donated; however, most of the items are still in the boxes in which they arrived. The Director is not sure what the future holds. Clothing is given to children only when absolutely needed as a result of not knowing when the next shipment of donated items will arrive. The director also states that some of the donated clothing is given to poor families in the village for use by their children.

THE OUTDOOR TOILET.
The tradition of having an outdoor toilet dates back to the Soviet era when there was no running water. Today children use such toilets as the administration is trying to save energy and water. The toilet is a big pit covered with two concrete floor slabs that have holes. Inside there are 4-5 sections for use by the children and staff.

THE BUILDINGS
The toilet facilities are also in need of major repairs. Capital improvements have not been made in over 30 years. The entire facility is in need of repairs, including the plumbing, floor, ceiling, roof, and windrows.

CONTACTS AND LINKS
The address of the orphanage:
Mr. Petru Furdui*
Cazanesti Orphanage
Cazanesti, Telenesti district
The Republic of Moldova Phone numbers:
+373 258 72410
+373 258 72341
+373 258 72234

*Please use Romanian or Russian when speaking to Mr. Furdui. He also has some knowledge of French.

My email: v_paraskiv@yahoo.com
I speak Romanian, Russian, English and German.

Mr Furdui provided me with information concerning the addresses of other Moldovan orphanages. Here is the list1(not yet posted). I have got another list2 of addresses from Internet.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Furdui (in Romanian or Russian) or to write to caz_orphanage@yahoo.com for ways in which you can help.

HOW CAN YOU HELP
The three most immediate problems facing the orphanage are as follows:

1. A new heating system and new windows for the entire facility.
2. Bed-clothes.
3. Clothing (shoes, socks, pants, shirts, dresses, coats, sweaters, mittens, gloves, caps, etc.) for children ages 7 to 15 years old).

There are other ways you can provide help to these orphans. These include: financial resources for purchase of laundry equipment, educational supplies, computer, books, furniture, bedding, toys and arts and craft items.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Furdui or to write to caz_orphanage@yahoo.com for ways in which you can help.

My email: v_paraskiv@yahoo.com (Vladimir Paraschiv)

7 răspunsuri la CAZANESTI ORPHANAGE, MOLDOVA

  1. Thank you for this information about Moldovan orphanages. We are Americans sponsoring a child in Falesti through the organization, Sweet Sleep. If you are unaware of their work, it would be good to become acquainted. So far they have a charitable relationship with an orphanage in Falesti and one in Chisinau. Their website is http://www.SweetSleep.org, and the founder is Jen Gash.

    Blessings.

  2. vparaschiv spune:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I am still working on it and the information is not always up to date. Check it once in two months. I have visited your site. It is a wonderful work for the orphans in Falesti. The situation in Cazanesti orphanage is not better in this respect. THe most dangerous thing that I see in the orphanage is the lack of hope and a narrow view about potential changes. The staff and the orphans think that sliping on a old stinky mattress is something normal. This is true because they don’t know the other alternatives, they have never seen something different.

  3. Sabrina spune:

    Va multumesc foarte mult pentru eforturile voastre. Sunt foarte bucuroasa ca exista oameni ca dumneavoastra in lumea asta care incearca sa-i ajute pe cei in nevoie. Keep up the good work!🙂

  4. vparaschiv spune:

    Sabrina, iti multumesc pentru mesaj. Eu gandesc ca exista un singur lucru care testeaza gandurile noastre – actiunea si un singur lucru care ofera tarie actiunii – experienta trecutului bazata pe dorinta de a schimba spre bine.

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