"If you do not love your brother, you cannot love God."
(Papa Francisc I)
In 2004, Caritas Moldova reformulated its anti-poverty strategy by implementing the pilot strategic plan. Thus, in January 2005, the implementation of the first three-year strategic plan (2005-2007) according to the standards of the Caritas Europe Federation began. A simple comparative analysis indicates a significant increase in the number of projects and, respectively, in the number of beneficiaries: from 46 projects implemented in 2004 (with over 17,000 beneficiaries), to 63 projects - in 2005. Next was the Strategic Plan 2008-2010, which aimed to achieve a number of objectives, including - assistance to vulnerable groups and social reintegration of poor and marginalized people. The activities carried out throughout Moldova are an integral part of the Strategic Plan 2012-2016.
Not to us, God, not to us, but give glory to your name (Ps 115,1)
From the beginning of its existence, Caritas Moldova has received from its founder a clear and unequivocal mandate, that of serving the poorest of the poor, all those who are on the margins of society, forgotten and neglected by all, and to he thus showed them the gentle and loving face of God, who "is love" (cf. 1 Cor 4:16), in all the acts of charity it promotes.
There are a lot of Caritas beneficiaries and very different: children, young or old, families in difficulty, the sick or people with various addictions. Approaching them with love, attention and care represents for each contributor more than an employment contract, but especially a mission of the soul and a vocation of joy from which they receive light, as Pope Francis says very nicely in the Encyclical Lumen fidei: "For how many men and women of faith the sufferers were mediators of light!" (No. 57)
Charity, God's love for those who have had less luck in life is the motivation for which the Caritas Moldova team, both at the central level and in its various structures in the territory, makes considerable efforts every day to help those in need, to ease their problems and give them new reasons for hope.
Caritas Moldova, in collaboration with partners from different country, has implemented numerous projects of great importance. Of course, there would have been room for more, but the short time and the limits of material possibilities did not allow this. However, a big and sincere word of thanks should be brought to both the partners and the Caritas Moldova team for all the good done. May God reward each one rich and tender!
† Anton Cosa