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Pots and pans can save lives

Pots and pans can save lives

A small charity working in Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, is desperately trying to find good second-hand catering equipment to kit out a newly built kitchen and café in a community and medical centre.

The people in Moldova live in unbelievable poverty, with most of the houses in the villages having no running water, no electricity and no gas. “Imagine having to get all your water from a well every day, and coping with blistering heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter,” says Dr Jill Evans, a GP from Surrey who works with the charity. “Jobs are scarce here and the medical system is corrupt and pitifully outdated.

 “This community and medical centre is a beacon of hope in what is a dismal situation for these people and we want to see this as a blueprint for similar centres all over the country. The great thing is that in this kitchen they will be able to make food to sell in the café and in the city, which generates income and allows the centre to become independent and self-sustaining. It will also create jobs and allow the most deprived children and elderly to have subsidised meals there.

“The main problem we have at the moment is getting suitable equipment, which is poorly made and very expensive to buy in Moldova.”

Jill’s charity is looking for donations of unwanted catering goods – such as pots and pans, food storage bowls, crockery, glasses, cutlery, outdoor tables and chairs – which will be transported to the centre in Moldova.

If you are able to help, please email

For more information on the charity, visit

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