Dancu is a village in the west of Moldova, close to the Romanian border. From 2007-2012, it was our mission base as we worked together with the local Baptist church. Dancu has a population of about 2000, and the church has some 60-70 members. Dancu is amongst the poorest villages in Moldova: unemployment is very high; good land lies fallow because farmers cannot afford to work it; wages average £20-£30 per month; young people leave the village to find work abroad; alcoholism is a widespread problem; and the social infrastructure has not recovered to the level it reached before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
Faced with widespread poverty and a sense of hopelessness, the church is involved in a range of social and economic projects, such as:
Through these and other measures, the church's Tabita Association aims to help the 150-200 poorest families in Dancu, lifting them out of poverty and into sustainable livelihoods. This is a powerful testimony to God's love for the poor, and a response to the hopelessness that is fostered by poverty. For more information, email Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Slavic (email@example.com).
pig and cow breeding provides poor families with free livestock
poor farmers - without their own machinery - are empowered through a mechanization project (tractors, combine harvesters, etc.)
- dairy, cereal and oil products support orphanages and the poor
- Tabita's new barn means poor farmers can store crops and sell them when prices are much higher
- free vocational training is offered to a small number of young people