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“Street children do not reach the street of childhood”

(N. Petrescu-Redi)

A very deep quote… Most beneficiaries of PO “Filocalia” are children. In 7 years of activity of the organization, their number increased, we always try to be close to as many people who need us. While most have at least one parent or relative in whose care they are, many of them have missed the sweet street of childhood. Instead some of them at a early age arrived in prison…

PO “Filocalia” collaboration with the Department of Penitentiary began in 2012 when the Association together with volunteers first visited the minors from the Penitentiary from Lipcani region. Ever since then we were moved by the fact that all the prisoners were actually just kids. The reasons which have led them to commit crimes remain unknown to us, but the desire to contribute to the rehabilitation and social reintegration of these young people persists.

Thus, on 23 October 2013, we went to prison no. 10 for juveniles from Goian region, where detainees from Lipcani region were transferred. The prison was renovated aiming to be adapted to international standards. We were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the new director of the prison – Ms Liuba Jignea. Perhaps gentleness, but also the severity of a mother, which can only be offered by a woman, is part of the rehabilitation of prisoners.

Conditions in the new the Penitentiary showed us that life of teenagers has improved significantly: the airy rooms are planned for 2-3 persons; there is a modern cafeteria, a computer room, classrooms equipped with all necessary and an impressive library. PO “Filocalia” came with a small contribution by giving them food packages and hygiene products. And because we believe in the power of education, we have provided the necessary supplies for the beginning of a new school year.

We also remember the minors in detention from prison no. 13 from Chisinau, we went with gifts to them on 25 October 2013. Detention conditions are different than those of Goian prison, but there is a common element in the two prisons for children: the need to communicate and socialize. The most enjoyable thing were probably the discussions of the children with the Association’s volunteers. So we have decided that in the near future we must return to them with various master-classes, with artistic programs, and… with our simple presence.

Even if for some of them it is already too late to set up camp in childhood world, we believe that by giving them our support and a little “compassion”, their lives can become better and brighter.