Moldova is not an easy place to live and raise a family. JMI stands in the gap with our vulnerable child sponsorship program to help the most at-risk children. As we have done this sponsorship work and our summer camps for kids, we have begun to see that their moms need encouragement, love, and support, too. That is why JMI’s Moldova staff wants to host 6 Moms’ events during the coming months. Would you help us care for these precious women and tell them about Jesus? Give to our goal of $1,700 below!
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Moldova is the smallest and poorest of the former Soviet Union countries. Situated in eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine, Moldova is, unfortunately, the most trafficked country in the world. The government institutional care of orphaned and abandoned children lasts until they reach the age of 16 or the U.S. equivalent of the freshman year of high school. They are then on their own with no family, no home, and no support. And as Moldova continues to close its orphanages, children are being pushed into often harsher and riskier environments at even younger ages. These circumstances make them prime victims of human trafficking.
JMI’s transitional living program is an effort to meet the needs of these vulnerable young people. JMI has four transitional living homes, two for boys and two for girls situated in the north and central areas of Moldova. We hope to open two more homes in the southern part of Moldova in the next 3-5 years. These homes allow at-risk teens to have the opportunity to continue their education, meet with a JMI social worker to address their needs, receive the love and support of the JMI staff, plus participate in English lessons, life skills classes, computer classes, and Bible studies. JMI’s mission is to raise a new generation of Christian leaders in Moldova through these programs.