looking out of the window in the hospital after I delivered our baby girl. My
feelings were so mixed at that time. I felt this incredible joy that I had
brought this sweet diamond into the world and I wanted nothing more than to
take her home and be with my husband and son,” said Tatiana. “On
the other hand, I felt such fear and sadness that I would be bringing this baby
back to such a freezing cold house.
Other women wanted to go home as soon as
they could, but I was thinking about how warm and cosy the hospital room was.”
winter in the village in central Moldova –
and temperatures here drop well below freezing. Many families in rural Moldova
struggle when winter comes: heating their homes is incredibly expensive, and
many people living in poverty have to choose between food and warmth.
Tatiana’s family was already going through a tough time. Her husband, Ghenadie, had started to build them a
house and their future looked promising –
but then he had a stroke last Spring and has been unable to work since.“I wish I could be strong again
and finish this house. I love to work, I wish I could do more,” Ghenadie said.
floor of their home is covered with an old, woollen carpet patterned with big
pale-pink roses that felt cold to the touch. The windows and door were not
insulated properly against the cold, and the family were using tree branches to
try and heat up the room.
“When I entered their house, I was shocked,” said Andrei, a staff
member from Mission Without Borders. He had heard about the family’s difficult
situation through the local
“It was as cold inside their home as it was outdoors", Andrei said.
“All of the family members
were wearing several layers of clothes. The father was suffering from the
stroke he had had, the mother was pregnant and due to give birth, and the
little boy was wearing lots of
jackets and gloves to keep warm indoors. I talked with them about their situation and when I asked about
what food they had for the day, the mother almost burst into tears as she
showed me the empty cupboard where the food should be. All they had that day was half a bag of
sugar. After I left them, I couldn’t believe what I had just seen.”
Andrei had a
meeting with his church after visiting the family, and told them about their
situation. It motivated them to take immediate action.