UK and Moldova Sign Agreement Repatriating Stolen Funds: Keystone Moldova to Monitor Use for Disability Support


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October 6, 2021

Kris Weaver, KHS VP of Development
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(Harrisburg, PA) October 4, 2021 — On September 21, 2021, British Ambassador to Moldova, Steven Fisher, and Moldovan Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Marcel Spatari named Keystone Moldova, part of PA-based Keystone Human Services, as the monitor and evaluator of the expenditure of funds returned to Moldova by the UK under the UN Convention on Corruption. Ambassador Fisher announced, “I am happy that Minister Spatari and I have signed this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today and that the UK has been able to return these funds … [which] rightly belong to the Moldovan people.’’

Moldova has committed to using the returned funds to support people with disability. According to Minister Spatari, “The funds will be used to employ 566 personal assistants for people with severe disabilities, in addition to almost 6,000 personal assistants employed today.” Keystone Moldova, a long-time leader developing disability policies, programs, and community supports in the country, will monitor and evaluate the expenditures as outlined in the MoU.

“I am proud to see Keystone Moldova named for this important role. The people of Moldova can be confident that the oversight will be professional and the needs of people with disability will remain in the forefront,” said Charles Hooker, President and CEO of KHS. “Our commitment to building a better, more inclusive world transcends borders.”

Parliament Building, Chișinău, Moldova
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About Keystone Human Services

KHS is a multi-national human services organization based in Harrisburg, PA. KHS operates in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, the Republic of Moldova, and India, providing advocacy, services, and supports in early childhood education and family support, mental health, autism, and intellectual, developmental, cognitive, and physical disability. We build communities where everyone can thrive, direct their own lives, establish homes, find meaningful work, pursue education alongside their peers, and fill valued roles in the community. In addition to operating as KHS, KHS provides services through Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD), Capital Area Head Start (CAHS), Partnerships for People, Key Human Services, Keystone Autism Services, Keystone Moldova, and Keystone Institute India.

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About Keystone Moldova

Keystone Moldova was founded by Keystone Human Services International (KHSI) in 2003. Keystone Moldova and KHSI work collaboratively with the Government of Moldova, Multilateral Donors, Non-governmental Organizations, and Advocates to develop inclusive, community based services for people with disability.