Moldova Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja supports Moldovan children

10 Aug 2008

232__moldova_-_switzerland__violinist_patricia_kopatchinskaja_supports_moldovan_children_0_small Patricia Kopatchinskaja, famous violinist and ambassador of Terre des Hommes – Moldova, gathered the voices of 2’000 children at risk, beneficiaries of the FACT project at the Menuhin Festival in Switzerland (see here the program of the festval).

Alongside Europe’s most brilliant classical artists, Patricia performed at the Menuhin Festival in the Swiss Alpine resort of Gstaad, knowing that the music has the power to bring people together through expressing solidarity to the hopeless.

Along the Festival, 3’500 children from around the world were mobilized by Tdh in a music action of solidarity, offering a stage for wonderful and inspired instrumental music. The event was an opportunity for children to be heard and to promote their messages towards supporting their peers at risk, especially ill-treated children and those living on streets. “There are a ot of children in my country of origin, Moldova, that do not attend school as they have to work in the filed, or they are victims of trafficking, while Tdh provides a new perspective. I support this music action and hope that you also support children to find a better life”, mentioned Patricia.

One of the festival’s partners was Terre des hommes Foundation in Lausanne. The Swiss Foundation Terre des hommes has been active in Moldova for 3 years to support local public authorities and civil society into a Local Council for Children Rights Protection (CLPDC) in 3 regions (Soroca, Ungheni and Chisinau municipality). The FACT project, implemented by Tdh in cooperation with “Salvati Copiii” Moldova aims to reactivate and strengthen the LCCRP, to train its members in identifying and protecting children at risk of parental neglect, abuse, exploitation and trafficking. A local system responsible to be listening to each child needs in each community and well organized child protection Units could only improve the family and children conditions of life and risk. [NG]

Press coverage in Moldova here


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