SHORT HISTORY

In 2003, Steaua Calauza Association was founded by parents of children with disabilities headed by Viorica Capsa, Nicusor’s mother. Nicusor was diagnosed with Arthrogryposis and inspired Viorica to create and lead the Association. In 2005, the Association was officially registered and had 5 members, all of them mothers.

After the Association was founded, parents and their children spent every Sunday at Viorica’s house where they did many fun activities. For these children, who are often ignored by society, these activities were the only socialization events available to them. At this meetings parents and children created various crafts to help fundraise for the Association.

In, Sergio Porres and Natalia Moldova and their families, became the Association ongoing partners and volunteers. With their help and the help of resources provided by members of the Association, repairs and improvements were made the meeting room. Because of the repairs, children were able to enjoy fun activities and English language lessons.

Two years later, Viorica and her partners Sergio and Natalia developed the idea of opening a rehabilitation center. Through various fundraising events, necessary funds were raised for the renovation of our facilities, provider by the Town Administration.

In May of 2016, our center  was opened. Our center is in memory of Viorica’s son, Nicusor, and is named NICUSOR Center for Children and Youth.

Throughout this process many wonderful people like Ursina Naef Hecke and her family helped us accomplish our dream. Now, NICUSOR is a place that offers support and friendship in a free and modernly equipped center. We offer speech therapy, kinetic therapy, psycho-pedagogy, music therapy and other.

Renovation Project Donors

  • Moldova World Children’s Fund is our largest donor in this project. Ray West and Irina Rusanovschi have been engaged with us since 2013, providing financial support and expertise for the execution of this renovation project.
  • International Women’s Club of Moldova, which funded the connection of the center to the centralized water source and sewage connections, work that is very expensive, and we did not have funds available for these.
  • Jonathan and Ursina Hecke from Switzerland have become our partners assisting us with partial repair of the center, procurement and installation of furniture and equipment. They also provide financial support with the current expenses of the center.
  • Kirby Simons International Fund, which provided a grant for the repair of the center. They were our first donors.
  • AKSAI Foundation from Belgium financed the purchase and installation of windows and floor in therapy room.
  • Bettlyn Moldovan Relief from UK, especially Mrs. Lynn Duffus, has been funding the procurement and installation of equipment for therapy and sensory rooms. Bettlyn Moldovan Relief has been our permanent partner for many years with computer donations, supplies donations, and funding English classes for our children.
  • LiftingLives funded furniture for the classroom for children to be able to have English classes and other training and sessions.
  • GlobalGiving donors, funded interior renovation work in the bathroom. These 70 donors from all over the world are our friends who believed in our cause.
  • Prestigiu AZ SRL, in particular managers Elena and Sergiu Ciobanu, generously accepted to renovate this building which was in a deplorable condition with the limited funds that we had. They are also donors that funded partial renovations.
  • Tony Hawks Center provides consultancy, equipment and personnel for medical rehabilitation services.
  • Mayor of Gratiesti and District Council are offering the necessary spaces for free, financial support with the heating system and electricity and support in getting all contracts and necessary permits for the center.
  • We also appreciate our friends Stelian Rusu, Natalia Gore, Dorin Trestianu, Natalia Fricatel, Radu Adrian, Echim Art SRL-Valeriu Echim, Valera Cernea, Sergiu Beznitchi, Victoria Bujac, Lauren si Nelson Perlaza.
    Fondul Mondial pentru Copii din Moldova este cel mai mare donator în acest proiect. Ray West și Irina Rusanovschi au fost partenerii nostri din 2013, oferind sprijin financiar și expertiza pentru executarea acestui proiect de renovare.
  • Clubul Internațional al Femeilor din Moldova, a finanțat conectarea centrului la sursa centralizată de apă și canalizare, lucrari care sunt costisitoare, iar noi nu am avut fonduri disponibile pentru acestea.
  • Jonathan și Ursina Hecke din Elveția, au devenit partenerii noștri care ne asistă cu repararea parțială a centrului, achiziționarea și instalarea de mobilier și echipamente. Ei, de asemenea, oferă sprijin financiar cu cheltuielile de funcționare ale centrului.
  • Fondul Internațional Simons Kirby, care a oferit un grant pentru reparația centrului. Ei au fost primii donatori.
  • Fundația Aksai din Belgia a finanțat achiziționarea și instalarea ferestrelor și podelii în sala de terapie.
  • Bettlyn Moldovan Relief din Marea Britanie, în special Lynn Duffus, a finanțat achiziționarea și instalarea de echipamente pentru terapie si camere senzoriale. Bettlyn Moldovan Relief este partenerul nostru permanent de mai mulți ani cu donații de calculatoare, mobilier de clasă, materiale și finantarea cursurilor de limba engleza pentru copiii noștri.
  • Fundatia LiftingLives a finanta procurarea mobilierului pentru clasa. Acum copii nostri pot beneficia de lectii de Engleza, consilieri si training.
  • GlobalGiving, au finanțat lucrări de renovare interioară în grupurilor sanitare. Acești 70 de donatori din întreaga lume sunt prietenii noștri care au crezut în noi.
  • Prestigiu AZ SRL, în special managerii Elena și Sergiu Ciobanu, cu generozitate au acceptat să renoveze această clădire, care a fost întro stare critica cu fondurile limitate pe care le aveam. Ei sunt de asemenea, donatori care au finanțat renovări interioare parțiale.
  • Centrul Tony Hawks ne ofera consultanta, echipamente si personal pentru servicii de reabilitare terapeutica.
  • Primaria Comunei Grătiești și Consiliul Raional al Comunei oferira spațiile necesare cu titlu gratuit si sustine financiar cheltuieli de încălzire și energia electrică și sprijina în obținerea tuturor contractelor și autorizațiilor necesare centrului.
  • Mulțumim prietenilor noștri Stelian Rusu, Natalia Gore, Dorin Trestianu, Natalia Fricatel, Radu Adrian, Echim Art SRL-Valeriu Echim, Valera Cernea, Sergiu Beznitchi, Victoria Bujac, Lauren si Nelson Perlaza.