The art of growing well

Category: Stories
Published on 19 March 2015

Many times, suffering and shortcomings gradually manage to wipe any trace of happiness from the lives of those who experience them. This story is different because speaks about a young mother and her beautiful family that, in spite of all its difficulties, knows what joy is. Her name is Lucia Posnicenko. She is 39 years old and has 5 beautiful children, Mihai, 22, Marian,19, Ion, 13, Maria, 10, and Mihaela, who is almost 2.

 

They need courage to live differently…

Category: Stories
Published on 02 October 2014

During the last five years of House of Change’s existence, there have been several girls who decided to run away from our rehabilitation center. And we understand why they did that. Working for many years with victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking, we understand how difficult is for these young girls with broken bodies and souls to overcome their deep pain and trauma. Women who have suffered cruel violence and exploitation need so much strength and courage to fight for a new, different life. Not all of the victims handle that. Lada was one of those who didn’t.

 

A thread of hope at road's end

Category: Stories
Published on 19 March 2015

Mariana's childhood was very difficult and joyless, filled with poverty, violence, and a lack of love, care, and support. Until she was 4 years old, she lived with her biological family in a small village. When she turned 5, she moved to Chisinau with her mother and two other brothers and they managed to rent a flat, trying to fit all together in one small room. Later they found another apartment with two rooms in a public dorm from the city, paying for it in installments. Periodically, in order to pay the costs, her mother went abroad to Moscow to earn the necessary money. Mariana remembers the day when she saw her mother for the last time very well. Her mother decided to leave again for work in Russia, but never came back. For a certain period of time she was in contact with her mother by telephone, but, one day, the phone calls ceased and Mariana never heard from her again. With the departure of her mother, she remained home with her older sister, who was already married, and older brother.

 

Rescued from captivity...

Category: Stories
Published on 28 April 2014

A news headline at the end of 2013 reported how a man who exploited the children of one Moldavian family for more than 10 years was detained at last by the police. This story developed a direct link to the BOL ministry when Maria, one of the minor victims of this person, came along to BOL’s rehabilitation center with her little son in July 2013. The horrific case of exploitation shocked the local community as well as entire Moldovan society.

 

There is nothing lost...

Category: Stories
Published on 05 January 2015

Alina's story awakens pity and compassion in our hearts. Although she is still very young, she has already faced suffering and known what it means to be rejected and helpless. Today, Alina is going through the rehabilitation program in “House of Change”, but what brought her there is very unfortunate.

            It all started when Alina’s mother decided that Alina needed to study at the construction college in the district not far away from home even though it was inappropriate for a girl, especially at her young age. Her mother insisted that she go, arguing that Alina must study in this area because of its specialty, which would lead to work as a constructor in Moscow, Russia. Alina’s mother took control, making an important decision about Alina’s life, but it was a very unwise one.

 

A miracle of reconciliation…

Category: Stories
Published on 23 April 2014

The Dima's storyIn 2013 I had to carry out training for 10th grade students from one of the lyceums of the capital. Around 30 students were learning to oppose the manipulation and new kinds of traps set by trafficking recruiters. At the end of the training, a young man approached me and said that he is interested in this subject and asked for more material about it. So that day I got acquainted with Dima.

 

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