Help the Children charity is a non-profit organization dedicated to serve the needy by providing a range of social projects and supportive services for orphans and vulnerable children in Transnistria. Our goal is to improve their life quality and enrich their emotional, physical, social, intellectual and spiritual well-being.
On visiting one of the state orphanages in 2001 the founder, Mark Fashevsky thought there should be a better way to help the kids rather than to keep them all in big and gruesome institutions. He was fortunate to meet like-minded people who had a vision of building a home for the children in need. Their vision materialized with the project of House of Hope – a Christian orphanage for the orphaned children in Transnistria. When the house filled up and there was no more room Mark undertook a trip to Texas to raise funds for the addition to the house and there he was introduced to the Foster Care concepts. Why build big expensive houses when families can come alongside and help? Why place children in the institution setting when they can meet their second father and mother and be raised in a regular family. Thus the project of Help the Children came to life in 2006. A year later Ana Dovgaliuc joined the program and together the team developed Foster Care program, placing children in local homes, providing support, training new parents and changing the whole mentality in country. Alongside with Foster Care, another program of Mentoring older children was born, because of a big number of kids at risk who graduate from orphanages. Help the Children has grown into a strong organization that provides services all around the country and has a vision to stop children from hurting.