Winter in Moldova is beautiful. Snow is regular and welcome in Eastern Europe, and for a season, the landscape is blanketed with a serenity and purity otherwise lost amid the worn and tired remains of a former Soviet-dominated state.
Ten. It's the first milestone in counting, isn't it?! Ten fingers, ten toes. It's almost as if we're built to count to ten! It's also one of the first things we try when we're learning new languages . . . one, two, three . . . uno, dos, tres . . .
This is a bittersweet time of year in Moldova. With the end of the school year comes celebration as the mature girls and boys from Stella’s Voice near graduation. For some, we’ll help find employment and housing as they begin independent lives, and others will launch out to pursue other plans.
Join with us in wishing the amazing Daisy Johnston a HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY today. Daisy has been (and still is) volunteering in our Aberdeen charity shop since 2012. Daisy says she loves her work with Stella's Voice as it keeps her active, and she has a great camaraderie with workmates and customers.
A recently published article reinforces what Stella’s Voice has been saying all along. Highlighting the hopelessness in Moldova, the article tells the story of Karina, a teenager whose young life is broken by abuse.
When a young person’s life is changed—truly changed—their life becomes a beacon of hope for others. Listen to this story about Anna. Coming from a rural Moldovan village in extreme poverty made Anna susceptible to exploitation and hopelessness.
Earlier this week, we were invited to visit the President of a region in Moldova called Leova and his Director of Children's Protection. Much to our delight, these government officials called us in for one reason: To thank us for our high quality work.