Moldova to reduce the number of institutionalized children

Decembrie 15, 2006

International experts recommend Moldova reduce number of institutionalized children

Chisinau-07.12.2006/09:17:45/(BASA-general) International experts recommend Moldova to reduce the number of children who ended up boarding schools and children’s homes after their parents left to work abroad.

The recommendations were formulated in a public session of the Committee for Human Rights held Wednesday within the UNDP project for implementing the National Action Plan on Human Rights in Moldova (2004 – 2008).

According to the UNICEF Moldova representative, Ray Virgilio Torres, Chisinau authorities should consolidated their efforts with a view to reduce poverty level, prevent violence against children, and give up using freedom privation in case of minors in conflict with the law. „Statistic data show that 40 per cent of children were subject to physical abuse, and 8 per cent are subject to sexual abuse. In many cases violence against children in applied repeatedly”, stated Torres.

The cited source specified that „there are more poor children (34.5%) than poor adults in Moldova, and the more children are there in a family, the poorer they are. Around 35 thousand school children remained at home without parents as a result of their migration abroad”.

Present at the event, the representatives of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Justice communicated that no complaints have been filed this year regarding use of physical force or torture against children in penitentiary institutions. „In case of being imprisoned, a child loses only his/her right to freedom, all the other rights are guaranteed to him/her”, say Moldovan officials.

Stefan Secareanu, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Human Rights, stated for the press that children’s rights are a sensitive subject matter for any society. „Government reports denote that the required conditions regarding children’s rights and legislation observance were carried out in the Republic of Moldova. At the same time, international organizations say that the number of institutionalized children and the cases of violence against children denote a pragmatic situation”, the cited source specified.

According to the National Center for Prevention of Abuse against Children data, each year around 100 children subject to violence requested for assistance services, and the number of cases of sexual abuse is increasing. Children between 4 and 11 years old are the ones most often exposed to sexual abuse.

Orphanages of Moldova – a list of placemarks

Noiembrie 13, 2006

A map that shows the location of Moldovan orphanages. If you would like to travel to Moldova to visit one of them, or to get directions, use this map and sites like This map is made using Googel Earth program. Use Google Earth to open the placemarks for Moldovan Orphanages that were used to build the map below and to see close ups for each orphanage.

Click the image below to expand it to the original size.


Cazanesti orphanage satellite photo, Moldova Residential System

Octombrie 5, 2006

Detailed Cazanesti orphanage photo from satellite (link to Google Maps)

The main facilities of the orphanage explained (Click the photo to enlarge)



Septembrie 22, 2006


Taken from the web page I have realized

If you would like to see the photos of orphanage, go to the

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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.

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:
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 for ways in which you can 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 for ways in which you can help.

My email: (Vladimir Paraschiv)


Septembrie 17, 2006


Moldovan orphanages

This is a list, found on
RO (este o lista cu adrese ale orfelinatelor din Republica Moldova)

Bender – tel: /+373/ 282 64722
Falesti – tel:/+373/ 259 22237
Cupcini (Edinet district) – tel:/+373/ 246 71271
Cazanesti (Telenesti district) – tel:/+373/ 258 22410
Carpineni (Hincesti district) – tel:/+373/ 269 26021

Children’s house:
Cernolevca (Dondiuseni district) – tel:/+373/ 251 77202
Cupcui (Lyovo district) – tel:/+373/ 263 74213
Belti – tel:/+373/ 231 21528

Other institutions for children
Auxiliary boarding school:
Albinetul Vechi village (Falesti district) – tel:/+373/ 259 70701
Socii Noi (Falesti district) – tel:/+373/ 259 70755
Cuz (Vulcanesti district) – tel:/+373/ 293 79247
Belti – tel:/+373/ 231 32567
Buliboaca (Anenii Noi district) – tel:/+373/ 265 47161
Cagul – tel:/+373/ 299 23888
Crihna Veche (Cahul district) – tel:/+373/ 299 76250
Corten (Taraclia district) – tel:/+373/ 294 72493
Congaz (Comrat district) – tel:/+373/ 298 41364
Costesti (Ryscani district) 0 256 32111
Calarasi – tel:/+373/ 244 21553
Grinauti-Moldav (Ocnita district) – tel:/+373/ 271 72289
Floresti – tel:/+373/ 250 23999
Nisporeni – tel:/+373/ 264 22660
Popyask (Stefan-Voda district) – tel:/+373/ 242 34239
Rozalei (Singera district) – tel:/+373/ 262 42308
Rezina – tel:/+373/ 254 23872
Sarata Galbena (Hincesti district) – tel:/+373/ 269 50541
Sarata noua (Lyovo district) – tel:/+373/ 263 62267
Straseni – tel:/+373/ 237 56293
Sculeni (Ungeni district) – tel:/+373/ 236 63281
Telenesti – tel:/+373/ 258 22769
Tocuz (Causani district) – tel:/+373/ 243 78236
Tarigrad (Drochia district) – tel:/+373/ 252 71582
Chisinau #5 – tel:/+37322/ 737029
Chisinau #6 – tel:/+37322/ 541986
Chisinau #7 – tel:/+37322/ 735690
Chisinau #9 – tel:/+37322/ 294096
Vysoc (Dondyusani district) – tel:/+373/ 251 49239

Gymnasia boarding school:
Belti – tel:/+373/ 231 30190
Straseni – tel:/+373/ 237 22569
Orhei – tel:/+373/ 235 23654
Lyovo – tel:/+373/ 263 23274
Ungheni – tel:/+373/ 236 23482
Viscauti (Camenca district) – tel:/+373/ 281 23927
Nepodov (Camenca district) – tel:/+373/ 281 23737
Chisinau #2 – tel:/+37322/ 765833
Chisinau #3 – tel:/+37322/ 727963

Special Institution for children with disabilities
For blind children:
Belti – tel:/+373/ 231 22354
Chisinau (republican school) – tel:/+373/ 22 238150
Chisinau #8 – tel:/+37322/ 224363

For deaf-mute children:
Cahul – tel:/+373/299 21724
Hirboveti (Calarasi district) – tel:/+373/ 244 35341
Chisinau (republican school )- tel:/+37322/ 241709
Chisinau #12 – tel:/+37322/ 782881
Chisinau #4 – tel:/+37322/ 550198
Chisinau (republican school, daily and by corespondence) – tel:/+37322/ 733957

With motoric disabilities:
Yaloveni – tel:/+373/ 268 22231
Hincesti – tel:/+373/ 269 22702

Sanatorium boarding schools:
Ivancia (Orhei district) – tel:/+373/ 235 24974
Drochia – tel:/+373/ 252 22639
Cinisauti (Rezina district) – tel:/+373/ 254 51241

Special schools for disorderly conducted children:
Solonet (Soroca district) – tel:/+373/ 230 34217
Chisinau #1 – tel:/+37322/ 728803
Prepared by Tatiana Calak –

Photo by Stinger, April 2006

Cazanesti Orphanage, Moldova

Septembrie 11, 2006

The web page of Moldovan orphans from Cazanesti village, Telenesti District(Rayon): 

Nu aud , nu vad, nu vorbesc

Iulie 21, 2006

Astazi am avut ocazia sa stau de vorba cu reprezentantii unui minister cat si cu reprezentantii unei organizatii internationale care implementeaza proiecte de reforma a copilor care sunt plasati in scolile internat. Avand o atitudine nu prea buna despre cum este admimistrat sistemul scolilor internat, nu am cantat difirambe celor ce ma ascultau.

Este bineinteles ca cei de la minister nu au putut suporta cele spuse de mine, deoarece ei sperau la „ne vynositi sor iz izby”. Acest fapt deloc nu poate sa fie transparent, ceea ce duce la multe probleme ale acestul sistem. Am mentionat acest lucru, la care ei m-au rugat sa expun ceva pozitiv la care eu am raspuns ca noi discutam aici probleme care necesita solutii (in gandul meu – si nu ne aratam cat de buni suntem aici, ei, cei din stainatate, stiu prea bine acest lucru si deci nu e nevoie sa ne laudam).

Pe de alta parte am fost ascultat cu atentie de international representatives, desi sper ca discursul meu va fi un argument forte independent pentru aceasta schimbare, transformare stridenta a sistemului scolilor internat.

Le-am spus, precum am si mai scris, ca toti copii trebuie impartiti in 2 grule, acei care-s orfani si acei care nu sunt. Cei care nu sunt orfani trebuie sa fie intorsi in familiile sale pe cat se poate de curand posibil, sigur daca este posibil asa ceva, caci nu intotdeauna poti sa gasesti parintii plecati prin Italia la munci grele? Cei orfani trebuie sa aiba niste conditii de viata decente, caci ceia ce este acum nu poate fi numit decent. Experienta mea din Elvetia o dovedeste. Cei de la minister cred ca ceea ce exista acuma este suficient, adica in ceea ce priveste intretinerea copiilor. Eu gandesc ca ceea ce exista acuma este doar o sursa minima ce asigura supravietuirea si nicidecum un mod de trai normal. Unii vor spune ca standardele pe care le expun eu sunt prea inalte, eu as spune ca ele sunt cele minime. Sigur ca daca un saritor in inaltime isi va pune bara la un metru si va sari peste ea, fiind mandru de rezultat, ceilalti vor surade doar, stiind ca el poate mai mult.

De aici pot deduce ca nu prea exista transparenta la minister deoarece nu doresc sa ridice standardele deoarece, in acest caz, vor fi nevoiti sa foreze o dare de seama in care se vor expune lipsa rezultatelor.

In opinia mea sunt patru probleme acute ce trebuie sa fie rezolvate imediat (adica pe parcursul a 2-3 ani).

Prima tsine de formarea de life skills a celor care sunt in aceste institutii si care degraba vor pleca in viata doar cu valiza in mana. Ei pot fi usor traficati, intimidati, facuti robi caci ei sunt naivi.

A doua consta in anticiparea trimiterii copiilor la orfelinat prin lucrul intens al asistentilor sociali care trebuie sa fie platiti bine si instruiti. Presedintele tarii, d-nul Voronin a semnat un decret cu privire la formarea pozitiei de asistent social in toate comunitatile tsarii, dar din vorbele mele cu primarii, nu prea sunt fonduri pentru a face acest lucru. Deci salariul acestor asistenti sociali trebuie platit din resursele „centrului”.

A treia problema este in reintoarcerea acasa copiilor ce au parinti din scolile internat.

A patra problema o vad in ridicarea nivelului de viata a copiilor aflati acolo. De ce trebuie ei sa traiasca cate 20 intr-o camera sau chiar cate 10, ar trebui sa fie nu mai mult de 2-3. Ce vacanta au ei? Unde se spala si ce fel de WC folosesc ei? Cu ce linguri si din ce farfurii de la „zona” mananca ei?

La general, scolile internat sunt asemenea unei maladii a societatii, mai ales ca raspunzator este statul. Deci daca noi nu vindecam maladia ci o ascundem de altii, atunci ea poate duce la probleme mari pentru o parte din societatea noastra si care numaidecat va afecta societatea in general.