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The starfish story

One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean.

Approaching the boy, he asked, ‘What are you doing?’

The youth replied, ‘Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out.  If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.’

‘Son’, the man said, ‘don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!’

After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf.  Then, smiling at the man, he said: ‘I made a difference for that one’.

Original Story by: Loren Eisley

There are some eight thousand children in Moldova who grow up in residential institutions. Eight thousand makes 1% out of total number of Moldovan children, and their challenges might not be exactly mainstream. We can not help all of them, but we can at least, make a difference for a few.

In Moldova, higher education is affordable for most people, and that is why we want it to be also affordable for them.

These are the most disadvantaged children. Life in a residential institution is not easy in itself, but the real hardship begins when they turn 18, graduate, and step into adulthood. They have no parents, and sometimes even no relatives. They have no home. Basically, they have nowhere to go.

Their life is like a corridor with many doors: all closed. By helping them graduate from college, we open at least one of those doors.

And we hope they can walk through it with confidence.