Happy New Year from all of us at MAD-Aid!

2016 has been a challenging year globally, and for us too. Despite the challenges, we’ve carried on Making a Difference to the people in Moldova that we support.

Here are some of the things we achieved in 2016

We sent three trucks full of Aid and delivered their contents to the local hospital in Riscani, to disabled people in the North of Moldova, to the Mother and Child Hospital, Care Home in Riscani, and to other vulnerable people in the community.

 

The Phoenix Centre has continued to transform the lives of the children who use it. They are becoming personalities, full of life, having fun and making friends. For the first time in their lives they have been out on a variety of excursions, from a trip to the local swimming bath to a visit to a Pizza restaurant.

 

34 children have benefitted from Phoenix, through over 1800 visits. They receive education, activities, transport to and from home, food, love and care. Thanks to our Partners and the local community, each child received 7 Christmas presents. They have lived in isolation for so long, we’re pleased to have facilitated this for them.

 

We also opened the Phoenix Centre inclusive playground, the first of its type in the Country, which has a range of disability-friendly play options.

 

The Early Intervention and Rehabilitation Centre has provided therapies for 120 children in nearly 1300 therapy sessions. The therapy treatments were tailored to the needs of each child and therefore varied in length and complexity.

 

26 children have been assessed by a British orthopaedic specialist, Dr Bassel El-Osta, who donated his time and funded his own travel to help these children. Eight of them have surgery programmed for April 2017 with Doctor El-Osta alongside a Moldovan surgical team. Other children were sent for further investigation, and some have had therapy specially tailored for them, to be given at the Early Intervention Centre.

 

We have set up a Volunteer Programme to help the centre run more effectively.
In partnership with other organisations, we have sent aid to Romania, Africa and Ukraine. We also assisted the Communication Workers Humanitarian Aid (CWUHA) in sending 2 humanitarian aid convoys to Moldova, a total of 12 trucks.

 

Last but not least, we created a new partnership with Dent Aid. From 2017, they will work in Moldova providing dental equipment, training and volunteers.

MAD-Aid’s 2017 started with sad news and great news.

One of our founding trustees, our Treasurer John Barnes, passed away on New Year’s Day. John was at the heart of the charity, always professional, fun to be with, helpful and determined. We will miss him hugely and it will be hard to learn to go on without him. He was with us at our last Trustee meeting in November 2016, and throughout our development to date, he had kept our accounts meticulously.

 

John visited Moldova for our opening in 2015, and intended to return. We will remember his contribution to MAD-Aid with huge gratitude and appreciation, and we are very sad to lose him.

 

  John Barnes, former trustee

 

Our exciting news is that our founder, Victoria Dunford has been nominated for a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for services to children with disabilities in northern Moldova. This is a huge honour for MAD-Aid and reflects the work and support of all of you.

 

 

Thank you for being with us during 2016. We hope to inspire you to stay for many years to come.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and fulfilling year ahead.

Happy New Year

What A year has been for MAD-Aid and for each of us involved in it!

As Nelson Mandala says, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. What we will be remembered for, it’s not going to be a number of iPhones we owned or a number of sports cars in our garage. The thing we will be remembered for is the legacy behind us, the number of people’s lives we made the difference.

Alongside our partners, we certainly have made a difference and transformed people’s lives in 2015. From a small charity organisation that collected and delivered redundant equipment, we embarked on life changing project. A project that is transforming radically the lives of children with disabilities and their families, a project that is changing the community approach on volunteering, a project that educates the society about disability and the hidden potential in the forgotten/ isolated children.
MAD-Aid achievements during 2015:

  • Continued recycling and delivering so much needed wheelchairs, walking frames and other specialised equipment
  • Delivered medical aid to Neuro hospital in Chisinau, trauma hospital and oncology hospital
  • Reached around 1000 children from vulnerable families who received clothes, school stationeries, school bags, shoes, food and household items from south to north of Moldova.
  • Opened first Day centre in north of Moldova for children with disabilities
  • Open the first Early Intervention Centre in North of Moldova to provide non-medical therapies for children with disabilities 0-5 years old
  • Created local employment in the region with high unemployment rate
  • Provided the furniture and equipment for the Community Center in Mihaileni Riscani, and provided consultancy on setting up an accessible modern facility for elderly people
  • Continued working on forming more partnerships in order to Make the Difference in Moldova and Romania
  • Adhering to Accessible for All campaign to lobby the correct infrastructure in Moldova for building of accessibility facility such as ramps, disabled bathrooms and so on
  • Welcomed Mr. Iurii Bivol as new trustee
  • Receiving the Moldova State Award: Medal for “Civic Merit” for all the work MAD-Aid contributed in Moldova.

All these projects are coming with its own challenges, and especially the sustainability and continuity of our work.
As soon as we opened the centre, we adopted its beneficiaries, the children that have been isolated and abandoned for years.
At this time of the year when every child is waiting for Father Christmas and when the magic of the lights is giving hope and determination, we asked the children to write their first letter to santa.
Their responses made me shake literally, as every child older than 11 wanted just one thing: Phoenix never to be closed and to allow them to attend the centre. I want them to be children, I want them to want to have a toy, cars and sweets, but instead, they wanted this social inclusion we offering at the centre…This inclusion should be their birth rights, not a privilege we offering.  After persuading them to ask for an object we got some little wishes, a small car, a bus, some sweets and one child want an Angel which would keep him safe.
Please join us on this live transformation projects, please be the Father Christmas for these children and help us keeping the Phoenix Open.  You still have time to Make a Difference in 2015 or to mark a day in the calendar for 2016 where you can change someone life.

As 2016 is coming, and the light of hope is filling our heart, MAD-Aid wishes you a happy, healthy, prosperous year ahead, a year that you will remember and cherish forever, a year that you will be remembered for.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!