Our city, Balti, celebrates City Day every year on May 22 and Speranta Terrei participates with tuberculosis (TB) awareness raising activities in the central square. When Speranta’s Terrei’s president, Feodora (Dora), came that morning to our Centre for Tuberculosis Patients to retrieve supplies, she saw water gushing from the ceiling. A water pipe in the ceiling had burst. She scrambled to call staff, members, and workers to remove water and move donated goods we store for Moldovan tuberculosis patients and Ukrainian refugees. You may see and hear us evacuating water in a video on our Facebook page at the link below.
We removed the water with our collective effort, then long days followed of drying walls and surfaces. Unfortunately, many donated goods were damaged. Because our Centre is on the lower level of an old public building, the water pipes had weakened over time. The maintenance staff of the public building have replaced the pipes.
Of course, Speranta Terrei’s staff were disheartened seeing the flowing water, peeling walls, and buckled floors, yet we had to move quickly to clean up and arrange for repairs. By mid-August, the workers had made good progress. After drying out walls and adding insulation, they replaced floors, baseboards, tiles, and lights. And last week, they started painting walls. We are so grateful for your donations coming through GlobalGiving to help us defray costs of these substantial repairs.
Speranta Terrei’s Centre is closed temporarily and distribution to Ukrainian refugees is taking place at the premises of our partners, Healthy City and Friends of Moldova. Our three organizations have been sharing donated goods since refugees started coming to Moldova at the start of the war.
We continue screening for TB symptoms among vulnerable groups and giving community-based treatment support to TB patients. Our staff and treatment supporters (moderators) are on their rounds, conducting screening, explaining prevention and diagnostic tests, and taking TB medication to patients where they live.
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