Varvara Frantuz: That period was a difficult one, and we received a timely assistanceVarvara Frantuz is 78 years old. She worked as a kindergarten teacher and in medical system. She knows how important is a hand lent during a crisis better than anyone else.
Varvara says that she experienced a lot of difficult situations in her life but the COVID-19 pandemic was the most difficult crisis. Because of restrictions she had to limit her activities but still, she says, „I always protected myself wearing a mask. I have never been infected, even if I went to markets”.
In April and May, UN Women Moldova and OHCHR Moldova, with financial support from Austrian Development Agency (ADA) from Austrian Development Cooperation funds, via „United Nations Response and Recovery Multi-Partner Trust Fund”, provided support to families from vulnerable groups. This included: food and hygiene products, as well as masks, gloves and desinfectants. Varvara Frantuz, an inhabitant of Ciocilteni village, Orhei district, is one of the beneficiaries.
Varvara, though, does not complain and says that she is supported both by her son and her daughter-in-law, who use to help her with household chores.
„We are about 200 roma people in the village. Some of them have a more difficult life but they are always helped by others. Sometimes, a kind word makes the difference. But, when it comes to food, it is the most necessary”, Varvara says.
Within this project, during April and May, 4100 people on both banks of Nistru river benefited from support in maintaining a stable and resilient situation in the context of the pandemic.