The Republic of Moldova, also known as Moldavia, is an intercultural country. The former Soviet Republic is not a member of the European Union, but it is closely linked to the EU economically through various agreements. Nonetheless, Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Especially the rural population, women, young people and ethnic minorities suffer from poverty and lack of prospects. Almost one million people have already left the small country in search of better living conditions. In addition to emigration, deficits in the rule of law and corruption are among the major challenges.
Kolping in the Republic of Moldova
Shortly after independence, a Kolping Association was founded in the Republic of Moldova in 1992, which now consists of a single Kolping Family with about 50 members, 30 of them being children. The Kolping Family Chișinău is mainly involved in social projects, supports for example poor families in rural areas, an orphanage, and runs a soup kitchen for destitute senior citizens.