The Urban Center seeks to influence and shape a new generation of young and passionate leaders, who will be capable of taking responsibility for making a real difference to the situation in Moldova.
Meeting face to face with victims of human trafficking, BOL realized that the nightmare these people have faced in their lives could happen again if someone will not give them a helping hand. That’s why, in March 2009, BOL established a center for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. The name ‘House of Change’ reflects the alternatives provided for women in need of healing:
The purpose of this center is primarily to protect young girls from violence, exploitation and trafficking networks, along with help in developing a consistent and holistic character.
The target groups are victims of domestic violence and sexual exploitation, as well as people who suffer from loneliness and depression. At the same time, BOL aims to identify and develop the skills of gifted children. Arts festivals, exhibitions and fairs bring additional incentives to improve people’s self-esteem and hope for the future.
Recognizing the desperate situations faced by vulnerable groups of Moldovan society, BOL opened a humanitarian aid center with the aim of providing assistance to the most vulnerable and needy.

Expanding and deepening work among Romanian-speaking youth

Category: News
Created on 14 April 2014

For two years, BOL’s ‘Man’s Zone’ project has been serving young men from vulnerable families. These 20 boys were completing their professional studies at vocational schools. Orphaned, or from broken poor families, they had low life skills and no money for higher education. This category of men becomes very vulnerable to labor trafficking.  Also, since the majority of the boys experienced violence in the family or in trade school, they are at increased risk of becoming aggressors or consumers of sexual services themselves.

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Escape 2. Is possible to be born twice?

Category: News
Created on 01 April 2014

Literally – no! It is impossible to become again a small embryo, to enter the womb of a mother again to be born. But the concepts of ‘rebirth’ or ‘revival’ are used quite widely, for example by Christians as an explanation of what happens to the person who has believed in God. This concept was used also in history, calling a whole era the ‘Renaissance’, that is – revival. From XIV to the XVI century, Europe endured the whole wave of ‘new, revived’ arts. The same words are used by religious organizations, political parties, social movements - those who want to cast something ‘old’ in a ‘new’ light.

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"Saw of Goodness"

Category: News
Created on 12 April 2014

Saw of GoodnessIf people in the cities don’t really worry about heating in winter, as they have central heating or gas, for people in rural areas of Moldova it is an essential issue. The only source of heat in the winter, and for cooking during the year, is firewood. For families with adult or young men to bring and cut firewood, it’s not a big deal. But for poor families with old people or single mothers with little children, it’s a real problem. They receive firewood for the winter from local authorities, but then have to saw up and chop the logs themselves. Aware of this need, BOL created ‘Saw of Goodness’, a volunteer project for young and strong men who are not indifferent to other people’s needs.

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We got to the fairy tale...

Category: News
Created on 06 February 2014

From the moment the Psychological Art Studio opened at BOL there hasn’t been a single day when people haven’t come. We believe that God can heal the hearts of people through Art and the process of creation. We would like to share with you just several of many amazing testimonies that people have shared with us once they have become regulars at PAS. Each of them came to us from different situations, and different times, and with various problems. What unites all of them is a desire to find a way out, to find peace and healing for their hearts…

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We have team reinforcement...

Category: News
Created on 12 April 2014

We are glad to share with you the news that in February 2014 our team was joined by a new member – a professional psychiatrist and psychologist. In recent years we have had many cases where we needed to appeal to hospital mental health specialists to help girls in our rehabilitation program. Working with victims of human trafficking and violence, we have seen how their deep trauma has caused mental disorders. Also we noticed an alarming tendency towards a growing number of young people with deep psychological problems and mental disorders.

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The light of Christmas to everyone

Category: News
Created on 31 January 2014

Christmas is considered a light and heartwarming holiday for good reason. The Bible says that Light came to the world. St. Irenaeus explains this so: “Christ came to the earth and became like us, that we to become like Him… a little better, and lighter and purer...”

So in December the Beginning of Life team, with the support of our partners and volunteer groups, brought again a little light to those who are deprived of the warmth of love, and feel thrown aside and forgotten.

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OUR STORIES

She returned to the Father

Kira was born in a small Moldovan town in a very poor family with many children. They constantly fought for survival. Poverty and family quarrels eventually brought them to the point where the parents

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Now I have something to tell my friends!

From the very beginning, in naming our center ‘Dream House’, our team sought to make girls’ dreams come true: a real family, in which nobody humiliates and abuses them; a life without fear, where they

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I have a dream...

My name is Nina. I’m 15 old. I was born in Ukraine, but soon after I was born our family moved to Moldova, where I lived with my grandmother in a village until this year. Long ago we were a complete a

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OUR RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Since 2008, BOL regularly conducts research on current social issues and problems within Moldovan society, seeking to fully understand them and find relevant answers. All the results of these studies are published in books, manuals and articles.

"New Face Of Human Trafficking"