Gheorghe, 31, and Cristina, 27, live in poverty in Moldova with their three children.
Their children, 11-year-old Marius, 4-year-old Silvia, and baby Amedeia have had a tough time living in poverty, harsh winter conditions, without enough warm clothing, firewood, or food.
The freezing temperatures make an already difficult life unbearable for them.
Marius and his family live in two rooms, one where everyone sleeps, and the second, a living and cooking space, with a basin where they wash. There is no central heating, no running water, no bathroom, and no inside toilet.
The cold winds often slash through the broken windows and there is no central heating or firewood to make their home safe from the elements.
11-year-old Marius must walk to school in the bitter cold without proper footwear or warm clothing amongst icy winds and freezing conditions.
Gheorghe said, “Every day we must carry water from the well for drinking, cooking, and washing.
It’s about a kilometre to get to the well – it’s not close to the house. I use the cart when we need to collect a lot of water, and other times I walk.
Marius also helps carry water, but he’s still a child so he can only carry a six-litre bottle at the most.
We’re doing our best to deal with this situation,” he said.
For Cristina she must use a manual machine to wash the families’ clothes.
She said, "It's not easy, but I'm glad Marius helps me with the housework, and Silvia gets very involved when I cook.”
My heart sinks when I hear that an 11-year-old boy must carry water from a well to his home one kilometre away.
Can you imagine having to do that in below freezing temperatures?
Your generosity and compassion can help children like Marius with warm food, clothing, and footwear, giving them a sense that someone loves and cares for them.