The quality of life for children with special needs is profoundly impacted by the amount of love, nurturing and personalized attention they receive. But Moldovan orphanages are often severely lacking in staff and resources, often at the expense of the children who need love the most.
The Granny Program was created to help these children get the one-on-one care they need. Boys and girls under the age of 7 are paired with “Grannies” so they can get individual attention and nurturing, which helps improve outcomes.
Traditionally, in Moldovan orphanages, children are cared for in groups—and no child gets the personal attention they need. This neglect has a life-long impact on a child’s ability to attach, form bonds and meet cognitive milestones.
The Grannies have one-on-one time with the children five times per week. They work on behavior, language development, and fine and gross motor skills. The nurturing they provide promotes cognitive development, emotional and psychological well-being, attachment and bonding.
This program is good for Grannies too! The older women who serve as Grannies say they have rediscovered a sense of appreciation, focus and purpose in their lives.