Pre-school help for disadvantaged children in Moldova
A child from a marginalised community in southern Moldova has made a good start at school thanks to a pre-school programme supported by Blythswood Care.
Ruslan, now aged seven, was born into a Roma family which has no permanent place of residence. But staying with an aunt gave him some stability and enabled him to attend the Profilios project hosted by a Baptist church.
There from the age of five he has received a daily hot meal, clothes and shoes. Volunteers have helped him to socialise, to control his temper and to participate in group activities. Crucially they have given him an introduction to the basics of letters and numbers as well as telling him lots of Bible stories. The result is that when he started school this autumn, he got off to a flying start.
Already he can read and count on his own – an achievement which would have been impossible without two years of good quality kindergarten education.
Development of language skills is especially important for children like Ruslan who has Roma as his mother tongue but is required to learn and communicate in Russian at school.
In September he enjoyed two days of camp designed to help children like Ruslan make friends in the wider, non-Roma community, including families who attend church.
Photo above: Your support has helped Ruslan develop social skills and make a good start at school