BOTNAR helps Cazanesti orphanage
Taken from http://www.bothar.org/bovine2006summer7.htm
A helping hand for orphans in Orhei, Moldova
The poorest nation in Europe, Moldova is fighting difficult social, economic and political times. Formerly part of Romania, it got incorporated into the Soviet Union at the close of World War II. After its independence from the USSR (1991), Russian forces have remained on Moldovan territory supporting the Slavic population, mostly Ukrainians and Russians, who have proclaimed a „Transnistria” republic in the East.
In a country where social and political instability is at home, a healthy economy cannot blossom. The majority of Moldovans live severely below the poverty level. The lack of jobs and economic opportunities, widespread corruption, human and drug trafficking, high numbers of orphans living in institutions with poor conditions, mass migration are just some of the problems that Moldova is currently trying to fight.
The Gymnasium Orphanage of Cazanesti is situated in Orhei county, in the eastern part of Moldova. It is an institution with limited resources that hosts and provides education to 262 orphaned and abandoned children. The government allocates about 0,70$/child/day for food. No funds are provided for clothes, shoes, furniture or school supplies, which are sometimes financed by charity organizations.
Livestock for Orphans in Orhei was a project that made an important difference for the inhabitants of the orphanage. The project, financed by Bothar Ireland, provided six high-quality cows and twelve rabbits to the orphanage. The youth and children received the animals with much joy, more than happy to have new four-legged playmates. Play and learning went hand in hand, as they slowly acquired very useful animal breeding skills.
The high-quality cows and rabbits have provided meat, milk and dairy products that have started the first steps towards improving children’s nutrition. The pure breed cows received are slowly replacing the unproductive local breed the orphanage had before the project started. Pure breed animals mean better genes, increased production and a higher quality of products.
The needs of the orphanage are high, as it hosts a large number of children and youth, therefore the project partners agreed for the institution to keep the first passing-on animals in order to increase the orphanage livestock numbers. To date, there are 9 female pure-breed cows and heifers and more than one hundred rabbits at the orphanage. The livestock numbers are increasing each year, especially rabbit numbers, who are reproducing very fast, as a female rabbit gives birth to an average of 5 offspring about twice a year.
The purpose of this project was to improve children’s nutrition by providing livestock to the orphanage and to train children in livestock breeding in order to prepare them for the future. Children and youth have quickly grown accustomed to taking care of animals. Children take care of rabbits, while youth are in charge with cows and heifers. They are benefiting of agricultural training, thus increasing their chances of getting work on a farm after they leave the institution.