In 1998, while talking to the British writer Tony Hawks, who visited Moldova with the purpose of collecting material for his future book “Playing Tennis with the Moldovans,” we were lamenting the bitter fate of living in a small and poor state, at the crossroads of times. An action from civil society seemed then to be something unattainable.
However, in a short time, a series of non-governmental organizations with various fields of activity emerged. These NGOs actively intervened in solving community problems, provided services in various domains, and got involved in the fate of the most vulnerable layers of society, supporting the oppressed and marginalized, as well as the excluded. This was especially important in cases where governments, which frequently changed, struggled to provide a sufficient minimum to address the challenges.
This is why the idea of creating a small center with a medical and social orientation seemed appropriate to us.
At that time, the writer Tony Hawks and the British charity organization ARRC (now known as ChildAid to Eastern Europe) reached out to lend us a helping hand.
From the first year of its operation, the Tony Hawks Center managed to gain the trust of over a hundred families with children with special needs who benefited from care.
We are currently in our 20th year of providing free multidisciplinary recovery services to children with chronic illnesses in Chisinau and across the country.
Annually, around 600 children have the chance to improve their health at the Center by participating in recovery programs that employ non-invasive methods and new assistive technologies for children with special needs.
As a result, the Tony Hawks Center became the first non-governmental organization accredited by the state and the first from which the National Health Insurance Company purchases its services to be provided free of charge to children with special needs.
The fruitful work of the Tony Hawks Center has been recognized by local and central public administration authorities, and it has been awarded numerous high honors on multiple occasions.