An assistance service for vulnerable families was developed in the Transnistrian region
Over 200 single parent families from the Transnistrian region have already benefited from free psycho-social, legal and medical assistance due to a partnership between two non-governmental organizations from both banks of the Nistru River. This partnership has become possible as a result of the assistance provided within the EU-UNDP "Support to Confidence Building Measures" Programme.
“Most often, people come to us hoping to find solutions to their problems related to divorces, payment of social allowances, employment. They also seek legal advice in order to learn more about single mothers’ rights, property rights, and child protection. Here, they find not only a comprehensive answer helping them solve their problems, but also a spiritual balance”, said Aliona Marcikova, President of the Legal Information Center „Apriori”, during a round table held today in Tiraspol.
"Apriori" is one of the 22 non-governmental organizations on the left bank of the Nistru River which benefit from the support of the EU-UNDP Programme in establishing partnerships with similar organizations from the right bank to jointly help the most vulnerable people.
Natalia Kalinina told participants of the round table that she sought for help and assistance at Apriori Center after having lived through a family drama. „Two years after the birth of our only granddaughter, we found out that she was suffering from a rare genetic disorder, which may cause severe mental retardation. The terrible news raised a wave of despair, which led to my daughter's divorce and has affected me so deeply that I had to seek the help of a psychologist. The Apriori Center gave me all the assistance and after half a year I regained the courage to fight and find a solution to our tragedy”, Natalia, 53 years old said.
During one year, the "Apriori" Center and the Family Planning Association from Chisinau organized several information campaigns and discussion clubs for parents; created a blog and a TV show in order to respond to all inquiries and questions of parents in need. “Even after the project funded by EU and UNDP ends, the experience gained throughout this year will help us further maintain this assistance service for single parent families, which our region lacked so much”, Aliona Marcikova added.
„Today's event shows that only through joint efforts we can achieve greater benefits for people living on both banks of the Nistru River. The success of the Confidence Building Projects supported by the EU and UNDP owes to the fact that all activities are identified and implemented by actors from both banks in close cooperation.This gives them confidence in themselves, their partners, and the possibility to provide high quality services to people”, said Victor Dragutan, Project Manager within the EU-UNDP "Support to Confidence Building Measures" Programme.
The EU-UNDP Programme aims to increase the level of confidence between people on both banks of the Nistru River, helping them cooperate and improve the quality of their lives. In this regard, the European Union and the UNDP provide financial and technical support to their joint activities in five key areas: business development, civil society development, social infrastructure, healthcare and environmental protection.
The program is implemented during 2012-2015, with a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, granted by the EU (9,500,000 Euro) and UNDP (1,100,000 Euro).
Natalia Costas, Communication Consultant, SCBM Programme; Phone: (+ 373) 69221141, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org