Dream House is a prevention center for at-risk girls, ages 14-17.
Lack of parental care, extreme poverty, very low levels of life skills and literacy, frequent violence, addictions and other dangers are all common backgrounds of children from rural areas of Moldova. Girls with these backgrounds have enormous difficulties in development and integration. Consequently, according to statistics, they are more likely to become victims of human trafficking, child pornography and sexual violence.
In response to awareness of these issues, BOL established the ‘Dream House’ prevention center for girls at risk – a place where the child can feel safe, and where she will be accepted, understood and supported.
The purpose of this center is primarily to protect young girls from violence, exploitation and trafficking networks, along with help in developing a consistent and holistic character.
Dream House program provides support for girls IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
- PHISICAL - safe housing, medical care, food, basic needs,
- INTELLECTUAL - helping with their school curriculum and enhancing their desire to continue studies,
- EMOTIONAL - psychological counselling,
- SOCIAL - developing their life skills, professional orientation, reintegration into the family (if possible), communication and conflict resolution, social assistance,
- SPIRITUAL – instructing them in the knowledge of God’s grace.
Graduates and Second Promotion of Dream House
GRADUATES In 2016 Dream House celebrated the graduation of project’s first promotion. Eight girls left the center equipped and prepared to live independently within society. After 3 years of work, the girls became capable to administrate correctly their time and money and to take care of all their daily needs. They are more open with other people, communicative and bold. Learned social and communicative skills, overcoming many of their emotional and social barriers. Almost all of them live in the city, rent apartments, work and continue studies. They improved relationships with their families, learned to fight with shortcomings and to stand firm before any risks and dangers. Most encouraging, is to see how they turned from vulnerable children into leaders, mentors and agents of social transformation.
SECOND PROMOTION Starting with August 2016, 10 new girls were enrolled in for the second promotion of Dream House project. The girls are 16 years old, coming from different rural regions of Moldova and will be engaged in a 3 years period of work, receiving necessary assistance for their comprehensive development, wellbeing and social integration. All of them were integrated in public schools and vocational schools for their further educational development and pursue of future career. Moreover, along with all the program activities within Dream House, they attend Psychological Art Studio’s classes on art-therapy and psychological assistance, Urban Center in Chisinau for development of life skills, communication skills, professional orientation and leadership and get involve in various volunteering activities.