We are proud to announce that our work to close the Cupcui institution in Moldova has been honoured with a prestigious Human Rights Award, which was presented to our local partner, CCF Moldova, on 10 December 2009; International Human Rights Day.
The awards were given by the United Nations Development Programme and other UN agencies to showcase innovative initiatives to promote human rights in Moldova. The ceremony was opened by the President of Parliament, who is also the interim President of Moldova, and our award was presented by the Children’s Ombudsman in recognition of our work to close institutions by supporting families so that they can care for their children at home.
Dr Delia Pop, our Director of Programmes, said, “It is fantastic that the team’s work to close the Cupcui institution has been commended in this way. In Moldova it is estimated that 85% of children living in institutions have one or both parents alive but poverty is keeping them apart so this high-level acknowledgement will help raise awareness of children’s fundamental right to grow up within a family.”
The Cupcui institution was in one of the poorest regions of Moldova but by providing individually tailored support we were able to reunite many of the children with their birth and extended families. Our work showed that not only is change possible but children want, need and deserve to grow up in families.