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The Malaiesti Gymnasium has celebrated the acquisition of new sports inventory that will develop new generations of champions

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16 July 2019
Visits: 86

October welcomed many new initiatives, implemented within the LEADER approach in the Republic of Moldova. On October 11th, we’ve visited one of the initiatives, where, in the Gymnasium of Malaiesti, Orhei district, within the USAID LEADER Activity project, there was celebrated the acquisition of new sports inventory by the institution with 170 sports items.

This initiative was carried on by the “Baștina Gospodarului” Local Action Group, which is one of the LAGs, created in the spring of 2019, after a long process of meetings, discussions, identifying local resources that would be valued in the context of the chosen priorities, among which the sports development, as well as of culture and leisure services in the microregion has a high place.

I love sports since I was a child and, only after I got a job as a professor, I started noticing the gaps we had when working under the established school program”, Vasile Bajan tells, a physical education professor and the project responsible. “The inventory was insufficient and of a very low quality. Consequently, we were aiming for the results we couldn’t achieve”. By implementing this project, the gymnasium got several types of sports inventory – for football, basketball, volley, rugby, badminton, tennis and other, as well as some training items to go through school normative sessions. This inventory will help at building the pupils’ sports spirit and might even create future national and international champions.

Actually, Malaiesti village already has two big names in the sports area of Republic of Moldova – Vitalie Bunici, with wonderful results at the fighting championships, and Oxana Bunici, the captain of the Rugby National Team. The latter promised to join the gymnasium’s kids in a few rugby instruction sessions.

I see the pupils’ desire to use this inventory during the physical education lessons”, Mr. Bajan mentions during the project’s celebration ceremony. “We didn’t have the chance to practice good-quality sports, including the time I started teaching physical education. We wanted great results, but had no inventory to support the pupils with. But now, thanks to the LAG, that offered us big opportunities, we decided to find a solution for this topic. With this sports set, we will assure a very good material basis. You, the children involved in sports activities, can obtain easier the desired results”, the teacher added.

Burlacu Natalia, the gymnasium’s director, mentioned that the village’s community won many projects thanks to the great number to the assiduous, purposeful an creative youth. “I want to thank every person involved in the project – this set will contribute to the formation and development of specific abilities, promotion of the sports culture, of a healthy lifestyle and of our institution’s image during various sports competitions.

We want to hear about Malaiesti champions and don’t forget to cheer your teachers with your successes”, Ina Negruta, the “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG manager mentioned, telling the younger generations a bit more on the Local Action Group’s function, while the Malaiesti mayor, Ilie Virtosu, greeted the village for the greatest number of initiatives that were accepted during the LAG call.

Xenia Marcov, program coordinator, mentioned that Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, along with its partners from USAID Moldova and Polish aid, are involved in a bigger project, aimed at local development. “We’re happy to see so many enthusiasts involved in this process, with different backgrounds and ideas, discussing the future of their localities and succeeding at implementing together wonderful projects – no one else can do it better that the locals. This is our credo – the local development decisions should belong to the locals.

The Acquisition of sports inventory for the sports area”, implemented by the Malaiesti Gymnasium, Orhei district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-finance by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, programme for development cooperation – Polish aid and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Dorina Lisnic, Soroca: Urban Revitalization helped me at revitalizing my own personality

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12 July 2019
Visits: 104

The Urban Revitalization Programme has come to the presentation and public consultation levels – the Programme’s responsible persons will be telling us about the ways they have identified the degraded zones, the community’s needs and the innovative solutions for cities.

We wrote about municipalities of Ungheni, Edinet and Balti, so today we are going to tell you more about the Soroca mun. through the experience of Dorina Lisnic, the main specialist in the Mayoralty and the responsible for the Urban Revitalization.
After gathering a multitude of opinions and thoughts, visual proofs about the city’s condition, Dorina, with the support of the local team and Maria Axenti, local facilitator, has elaborated a proper Urban Revitalization Programme, which served as a valuable example. We shouldn’t forget the main goal of it is helping the participatory development of the cities. “URP starts with a thorough analysis of Soroca, an analysis executed according to the necessary indicators“, tells us Dorina. “During this process of diagnosing the existing issues, we have noticed many difficulties. For e.g., the social domain is characterized by the increasing rate of the elder population, the lack of education interest of children from the Rroma communities and the high unemployment rate“, mentions Dorina. The economical issues, where the entrepreneurial activity is quite low could also be added, whereas the environmental problems are even worse due to the presence of the non-authorized waste spaces, the irregular city waste management and other. There are no recreation zone, and the roads are in a really bad condition.

The Dealul Romilor (NA – The Rroma Hill) was chosen as the revitalization zone, but we also added a small part from the HidroInpex zone and from the Agricultural College zone“, emphasizes Dorina. “The micro-region has a valuable human potential, which we want to involve in the further development of our city. The zone has many areas that could be used as spaces for organizing special professional courses for the community, while the houses of the Rroma community may serve as a touristic attraction and, we believe, one of the main elements in building the cultural identity of Soroca“, adds Dorina.

Some of the projects ideas were the capital repair of the No. 4 kindergarten in order to encourage children from the Rroma community to frequent the education institution, the elaboration of professional courses, as well as organizing a Rroma Festival, arranging and strengthening the public spaces, launching awareness campaigns on the waste management topic, creating a national center for the Rroma community were among the interesting proposals, identified after the various discussions with the locals.

I’m going to be really honest about this – I truly believe that the URP will change the community life for the better. Yes, it’s the most degraded zone of the Mun. I wish to improve the well-being of the zone’s inhabitants, as everyone deserves to live in better conditions“, ads Dorina. “The children from the community have to attend a kindergarten, built upon the European conditions. Fighting for eliminating the social segregation between the Rroma community and the Moldovan locals is one of my priorities – yes, the discrimination lever is quite high and one could freely notice the existing discrepancies, but it’s absolutely necessary to be together, to work and to help each other“.

Before the interview, we’ve been asking ourselves if the locals are involved in the process, but we have noticed quite fast that the community is interested in the changes, which will be brought through URP – approximately 45 people attended the public consultation session and were very active when discussing the Soroca’s URP. “People are interested in the area’s development – some of them are even ready to contribute with voluntary work or, if possible, financially“. The representatives of the Rroma community have stated that they would also participate in the realization of the URP’s projects.

I want to confess that the Programme helped me at revitalizing my own personality. I have developed working abilities in a domain that I wasn’t aware of, but in which, thanks to the help of our facilitators and international experts, I have managed to create a very good Programme. I am proud of the actions I’ve taken“, sums up Dorina.

  • The Soroca’s URP responsible person – Dorina Lisnic
  • Email: lisnic.dorina79@mail.ru
  • Phone: +373 6931 83 49
  • Local Facilitator – Maria Axenti, Centrul de Urbanism

Photos: FGM, Vadim Șterbate, Maria Axenti.

This article is a part of the series of implemented activities in the context of promoting the Urban Revitalization approach in Republic of Moldova.

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Eduard Balan, Ungheni: The citizens dream of a recreational and multifunctional zone in Ungheni-Vale

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12 July 2019
Visits: 114

The Revitalization Process comprises many Moldovan cities. This time, we’ll be talking about Ungheni – the seventh biggest city from Moldova and one of the main customs points of the country.

I am involved in the Program since its initiation. I have participated in two visits in Poland, where I was informed about the nuances of Urban Revitalization. Afterwards, we’ve applied to the technical support call, through which we got the financial sources to elaborate the Program. Then, we’ve gone through all the stages – territory indicator analysis, zone division based on the presence of seven local initiative groups”, Eduard Balan tells us, vice-mayor of the Ungheni Mun. and the responsible person for Urban Revitalization of the municipality. He mentioned the identification of three degraded zones, out of which, after a thorough research of the multi-sectorial committee with Mayoralty specialists and other domains, the Ungheni-Vale sub-region was chosen as a revitalization zone.

The Consultation Committee, with which we have regular meetings, is comprised of Mayoralty representatives and members of the local initiative group, such as its President, active citizens, young people from the revitalization zone’s Youth Centre, a representative of the Border Police college and an economical agent”, he mentions.

Of course, there was needed a thorough analysis of the zone. The citizens have expressed, as well, their ideas and desires regarding Ungheni-Vale and what could be change in the area. “We have 10 project ideas, which during three years (a.n. – 2019 – 2021) might lead to impressive changes in the city, so the situation would be improved, whilst the negative indicators would be reduced or even removed”, Mr. Balan hopes.

The vice-mayor mentions that after the implementation of the Program, the things will get better, especially since the citizens are more active and they get involved in the process of solving the city’s problems. “I wish we didn’t stop here. The citizens dream of a recreational zone, where they’ll find a multifunctional area for children, sports activities, elderly people, a resting space and a summer theatre.

An advice from Mr. Balan is that every person from every city’s community should be actively involved in the development processes of urban zones.

  • The Ungheni’s URP responsible person – Eduard Balan
  • Email: viceprimar.balan@gmail.com
  • Local facilitator : Ion Ungureanu, Centrul de Urbanism

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Vasile Porubin, LAG “Plaiul Codrilor”: We aim to produce high quality honey

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12 July 2019
Visits: 94

A new day brings us again to Dolna village, as we visit the beehive workshop organized in the framework of a project, which is supposed to modernize these houses of bees. “My name is Vasile Porubin and I live here, in Dolna. I have more than 30 years of experience in the beekeeping domain”, tells us one of Sergiu Agafita’s project colleagues. Mr. Agafita is the leader of a small beekeepers community of five villages in the “Plaiul Codrilor” microregion.

“Sergiu, the owner of this workshop, has come with the idea of modernizing the main elements in local beekeeping. Thus, more beekeepers from different villages were invited to collaborate fruitfully”, says Vasile. The beekeepers come from Dolna, Stejareni, Micleuseni, contouring a great collective that puts a lot of effort in its work.

“There are good visible results. We used to work before with classical horizontal hives. But the partial financing from the project has supported a lot our mission to meet the requirements of European standards, and we’ve managed to build vertical hives with two splits”, tells us Vasile. Even if those are technical details, the effort put during these few weeks is seen in those 50 hives given to each beekeeper involved in the project.

The workshop is filled with a fresh woody scent and striking sounds of assembling instruments. “The beehives are already put into work – the locals have already seen the project in its process of implementation. And since there is winter, we have created a split in the hives and let the bees to accommodate themselves in this new place, as they will have to work a lot this next spring”, mentions Mr. Porubin.

According to the project, one of the main aims is to produce high quality honey in big batches. “Usually, we have acacia and linden honey, but with these modern beehives, we could produce pastoral, sunflower, lavender and rapeseed honey. Our region, unfortunately, does not have a huge area of such plants, but we will try to benefit from Kodry. Of course, we would like to promote our products on the international market”, says Vasile.

Mr. Agafita team advises the specialists and enthusiasts to prepare many more ambitious projects in order to develop such an useful economic branch, as beekeeping.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implement by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. The project “Modernization of 5 beehives in the LAG microregion ‘Plaiul Codrilor’” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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Marina Vorbanet, Edinet: The whole Revitalization Process and Program was challenging for me

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12 July 2019
Visits: 111

Today, we’re talking about the Edinet Municipality and the positive changes, that will take place through the Revitalization Program.

Initially, the whole Program was an enormous challenge, as I, actually, am not from Edinet”, says Maria Vorbanet, Specialist at the Edinet Mun.’s Mayoralty and the responsible person for Urban Revitalization in Edinet Mun. “When getting this position in the process, I’ve managed to find out so much about Edinet – so many discoveries at the zone, human and even institution services levels. I got to know people that are actively involved in the city’s life. And now, there’s a clearer vision of what is going on in the region – I am more initiated in the city’s vitality”, Marina explains.

Edinet, as many other Moldovan regions, is in need of interventions that will rehabilitate its image by improving certain spaces in bad condition, as well as life’s social aspects. “After Consultation Committee’s meetings and through discussions with institutions from the chosen revitalization zone ‘Mendeleev’, I have found out more about the city’s problems – the difficulties the citizens encounter, the changes they need. I have visited the kindergarten, the high school and a few NGOs and managed to discuss with their workers”, Marina tells.

According to her, some of the identified problems would be the lack of a developed infrastructure and of the feeling of a safe city. “The city doesn’t have equipped roads, even though there’s partial street lighting. There are no speed limiters, even though the streets are paved and there’s a high risk of car accidents in the areas near kindergartens”, she’s mentioning. The Edinet team has found out more on the changes the children and teenagers want in the area through a drawing contest.

We did not hesitated to ask Marina her thoughts on the elaboration process of the Revitalization Program in other country’s regions. “I have lived in Balti and I very well know the chosen zone (a.n. – the adjoining area of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ middle school), highlighted in the Program and I do believe it has a great potential in the rehabilitation process. There are many buildings, but the roads are in a bad condition; many children don’t have places to play at, families don’t know where to have a rest, although there are green areas. As for Ungheni, my hometown, the chosen zone is extremely important for the cities and its improvement will solve many existing problems.

Marina’s positive spirit and involvement is an example worth following. “Have no fear. At its start, the process seems to be impossible, as it has so many stages to follow. It is pretty easy to leave such a process, but if you have an enormous desire to make beautiful changes, ideas will come and investment sources will appear”, she’s advising.

  • The Edinet’s URP responsible person – Marina Vorbăneț
  • Email: marina.vorbanet@gmail.com
  • Phone: +3736 855 12 22
  • Local Facilicator – Alexandru Munteanu, urbanist at Centrul de Urbanism.

This article is a part of the series of implemented activities in the context of promoting the Urban Revitalization approach in Republic of Moldova.

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Mihai Chitaica, “Serpentina Nistrului” LAG: I managed to train the children to achieve high performances

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12 July 2019
Visits: 90

Here’s a new history about a project destined to develop a healthy community and, we believe, to accustom children to a healthy lifestyle. We’re talking about the project “Safe tourism and sports activities” of the “Serpetina Nistrului” Local Action Group, whose direct beneficiary is Mihai Chitaica, from Varnita village, Anenii-Noi district, while the non-direct ones are the children of his kayak-canoe club, a nautical sports activity, practiced on small lightweight boats. “I’m the club’s trainer, where this specific sports is practiced“, says Mr. Chitaica.

The club opened during the second half of 2016 and it hosts, since then, kayak-canoe lessons for children and adolescents from Varnita village. “In the framework of the LEADER approach, we’ve received partial financing to buy a special engine for the trainer’s boat. Some of the children are 9 – 10 years old and during the practice periods, it’s highly necessary for me, as the trainer, to be nearby and to supervise them”, tells us Mihai. He also mentioned that the club’s teenagers are quite experienced – they’re visiting the club since May 2018, they have balanced the movements on water and are really good on leading the boats. “If the weather is windy, the kids need special instructions and increased supervision. We have sports boats, that require special balancing.“

The trainer says that there are many people who want to practice kayak-canoe, but the clubs doesn’t have such extended capacities. “We’d like, of course, to have more modern boats, as well as more teachers – unfortunately, I am the only trainer and my efforts are not sufficient for supervising more children groups“, says Mr. Chitaica.

The young people trained by Mr. Chitaica have already taken part in many competitions in Balti, Varnita, Chisinau. “Yes, we do have water sports life vests, that can hold persons weighing up to 80 kg. But the kids have been trained with special swimming exercises on long distance and they have developed their abilities in this particular sports area”, says proudly the trainer. “It took me just a few months to train them to achieve such high performances.“

Even if it was quite windy outside, the children seemed to be very dedicated to the time spent practicing their favorite sports. The efforts of Mr. Chitaica helped them acquire very good skills, that will help them walk against any wind they will face.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. The project Safe tourism and sports activities in the LAG microregion ”Serpentina Nistrului” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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Necula Family, “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG: Our business will create new job opportunities

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12 July 2019
Visits: 109

We’ve visited the Necula family on a warm autumn morning. This colourful season could fill your lungs with its fresh perfume. Now, all the trips to the Moldovan villages are more enjoyable, as every landscape is eye-catching and every leaf falls poetically.

After an hour spent in the car, drinking a cold tea bought before in a shop from Chișinău, we headed to the outskirts of Dolna village, Strășeni district. We planned on visiting Vasile and Valentina Necula, beneficiaries of the Small Projects Fund (SPF), implemented by the Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. The project, titled “Creating the necessary conditions for fruit processing in the LAG microregion ‘Plaiul Codrilor’”, has gained a partial financial contribution from SPF to build a second oven for dehydrating fruits.

“We have decided to build such massive ovens about three years ago“, Vasile tells us, mentioning about his childhood rituals of drying plums in so-called loznitsa (AN – a Romanian regionalism for a rod trellis, used for drying fruits, certain dairy products etc). “I’m truly proud of my doings. It’s like a dream came true – the one of working with fruits. I’ve been imagining myself taking care of my own orchards, and now, at this point, they’re of 27 ha“, he tells us, when wandering among plum trees.

If you saw those massive ovens, you would be amazed by these detailed constructions. “We live in an era with powerful technology. We’re planning on opening partnership contracts. We also want to develop a cooking oven that should be connected to a methane furnace“. 2018 was a very productive year for the Necula family – they have dried about 45  tons of plums, picked from their own orchards. They plan to offer fruit-dehydration services to other interested people.

The orchard was planted back in 2005, but it has grown during the years. Now, it hosts the growing process of three types of plums. “The waiting was the hardest part – the trees were growing along with our investments. But the first harvest brought us so much happiness and content, that we understood that everything was worth the wait. And we were proud of our work“. Now, the Necula family is working on enhancing the dripping irrigation system, so each tree gets the necessary amount of water. Thus, the plums are of a high quality, which means that the sales will also grow. But only 3 ha of trees are fully irrigated. “I don’t regret a moment spent on the orchard! Even if my family and I are working constantly, I love what we’re doing“, says Vasile.

By the way, the dried plums are for sale. “Many people are interested in buying them. We are preparing the necessary quality certification. We’re planning on a double production for 2019, which means more work and more workers. That’s why we plan on creating new job opportunities, as well, so we attract more people in our Dolna village. Everyone will be have good salaries in their wallets and dried plums on their tables“, says Vasile.

The Necula family has a small partnership with a firm, that will deliver a few tons of plums in Ukraine, but Vasile also hopes for building partnerships with Poland and Italy. “It might seem our business is not that successful, but we have settled a good working system for dehydrating fruits“, mentioned Vasile.

Vasile Necula advises everyone to contribute to the local development and small businesses in rural areas by participating in projects, through which they will obtain partial financial support. “We have to look further. There are a lot of projects, where we will invest our own money, but we’ll also gain other financial support, so everyone wins. People living in villages see pluses everywhere, so with small steps, we develop our business and create new jobs. Agriculture is not the easiest domain to work in, but with common efforts come even greater results“, emphasizes Vasile.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implement by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.
Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. 
The project “Creating the necessary conditions for fruit processing in the LAG microregion ”Plaiul Codrilor” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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Dan Moraru, Balti: The Urban Revitalization Program is a valuable experience, and the local community should be involved in it

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12 July 2019
Visits: 105

The Urban Revitalization Program (hereinafter URP) is an ambitious initiative – it is oriented to the integral and sustainable development of cities, starting with the revitalization zone. In the frameworks of this particular initiative, we get to know the urban communities, as well as bright project ideas that are meant to improve the lives of the citizens.

The drafting of the Balti Municipality’s URP has come a long way”, Dan Moraru says, the Chief of the External Relations and Attraction of Investments Service of the Balti Mayoralty, as well as the responsible person for the Municipality’s URP. “We’ve gone through various stages of registering in the proposal’s call for technical support, we’ve thoroughly analyzed the area of our Municipality according to the social, economic, environmental, technical and spacio-functional indexes. After this processes, we have identified the Slobozia zone as the revitalization zone and, afterwards, we have executed a Fact Finding Mission.

The adjoining area of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” middle school has a striking potential – a big number of public and educational institutions, health centres, green areas and other important urbanistic elements. “After the Consultation Committee’s meetings, we got our project’s vision – Together for a healthy lifestyle, social inclusion and security in the adjoining area of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ middle school. Now, we’re in the process of elaboration of revitalization projects”, Dan adds.

The revitalization problems and their solutions have been discussed during many interactive meetings – experts from Poland participated at one of them. “We’re 18 now – various active people”. After these meetings, some of the selected project ideas were the rehabilitation of pedestrian access and the improvement of the green areas from the Cahul street from Slobozia zone, the restoration and improvement of a children playground, the creation of better activity environment in educational institutions for its workers and children and the rehabilitation of street light near public institutions.”

The Revitalization Programme is a worthy example when it comes to the improvement of the community, a great process and a valuable experience, during which it is absolutely necessary to involve the local community”, Dan mentions.

This article is a part of the series of implemented activities in the context of promoting the Urban Revitalization approach in Republic of Moldova.

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Urban Revitalization helped me at revitalizing my own personality

Dorina Lisnic, Soroca

Urban Revitalization
12 July 2019
Visits: 549

The Urban Revitalization Programme has come to the presentation and public consultation levels – the Programme’s responsible persons will be telling us about the ways they have identified the degraded zones, the community’s needs and the innovative solutions for cities.

We wrote about municipalities of Ungheni, Edinet and Balti, so today we are going to tell you more about the Soroca mun. through the experience of Dorina Lisnic, the main specialist in the Mayoralty and the responsible for the Urban Revitalization.
After gathering a multitude of opinions and thoughts, visual proofs about the city’s condition, Dorina, with the support of the local team and Maria Axenti, local facilitator, has elaborated a proper Urban Revitalization Programme, which served as a valuable example. We shouldn’t forget the main goal of it is helping the participatory development of the cities. “URP starts with a thorough analysis of Soroca, an analysis executed according to the necessary indicators“, tells us Dorina. “During this process of diagnosing the existing issues, we have noticed many difficulties. For e.g., the social domain is characterized by the increasing rate of the elder population, the lack of education interest of children from the Rroma communities and the high unemployment rate“, mentions Dorina. The economical issues, where the entrepreneurial activity is quite low could also be added, whereas the environmental problems are even worse due to the presence of the non-authorized waste spaces, the irregular city waste management and other. There are no recreation zone, and the roads are in a really bad condition.

“The Dealul Romilor (NA – The Rroma Hill) was chosen as the revitalization zone, but we also added a small part from the HidroInpex zone and from the Agricultural College zone“, emphasizes Dorina. “The micro-region has a valuable human potential, which we want to involve in the further development of our city. The zone has many areas that could be used as spaces for organizing special professional courses for the community, while the houses of the Rroma community may serve as a touristic attraction and, we believe, one of the main elements in building the cultural identity of Soroca“, adds Dorina.

Some of the projects ideas were the capital repair of the No. 4 kindergarten in order to encourage children from the Rroma community to frequent the education institution, the elaboration of professional courses, as well as organizing a Rroma Festival, arranging and strengthening the public spaces, launching awareness campaigns on the waste management topic, creating a national center for the Rroma community were among the interesting proposals, identified after the various discussions with the locals.

“I’m going to be really honest about this – I truly believe that the URP will change the community life for the better. Yes, it’s the most degraded zone of the Mun. I wish to improve the well-being of the zone’s inhabitants, as everyone deserves to live in better conditions“, ads Dorina. “The children from the community have to attend a kindergarten, built upon the European conditions. Fighting for eliminating the social segregation between the Rroma community and the Moldovan locals is one of my priorities – yes, the discrimination lever is quite high and one could freely notice the existing discrepancies, but it’s absolutely necessary to be together, to work and to help each other“.

Before the interview, we’ve been asking ourselves if the locals are involved in the process, but we have noticed quite fast that the community is interested in the changes, which will be brought through URP – approximately 45 people attended the public consultation session and were very active when discussing the Soroca’s URP. “People are interested in the area’s development – some of them are even ready to contribute with voluntary work or, if possible, financially“. The representatives of the Rroma community have stated that they would also participate in the realization of the URP’s projects.

“I want to confess that the Programme helped me at revitalizing my own personality. I have developed working abilities in a domain that I wasn’t aware of, but in which, thanks to the help of our facilitators and international experts, I have managed to create a very good Programme. I am proud of the actions I’ve taken“, sums up Dorina.

  • The Soroca’s URP responsible person – Dorina Lisnic
  • Email: lisnic.dorina79@mail.ru
  • Phone: +373 6931 83 49
  • Local Facilitator – Maria Axenti, Centrul de Urbanism

Photos: FGM, Vadim Șterbate, Maria Axenti

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The citizens dream of a recreational and multifunctional zone in Ungheni-Vale

Eduard Balan, Ungheni

Revitalization
12 July 2019
Visits: 464

The Revitalization Process comprises many Moldovan cities. This time, we’ll be talking about Ungheni – the seventh biggest city from Moldova and one of the main customs points of the country.

“I am involved in the Program since its initiation. I have participated in two visits in Poland, where I was informed about the nuances of Urban Revitalization. Afterwards, we’ve applied to the technical support call, through which we got the financial sources to elaborate the Program. Then, we’ve gone through all the stages – territory indicator analysis, zone division based on the presence of seven local initiative groups”, Eduard Balan tells us, vice-mayor of the Ungheni Mun. and the responsible person for Urban Revitalization of the municipality. He mentioned the identification of three degraded zones, out of which, after a thorough research of the multi-sectorial committee with Mayoralty specialists and other domains, the Ungheni-Vale sub-region was chosen as a revitalization zone.

“The Consultation Committee, with which we have regular meetings, is comprised of Mayoralty representatives and members of the local initiative group, such as its President, active citizens, young people from the revitalization zone’s Youth Centre, a representative of the Border Police college and an economical agent”, he mentions.

Of course, there was needed a thorough analysis of the zone. The citizens have expressed, as well, their ideas and desires regarding Ungheni-Vale and what could be change in the area. “We have 10 project ideas, which during three years (a.n. – 2019 – 2021) might lead to impressive changes in the city, so the situation would be improved, whilst the negative indicators would be reduced or even removed”, Mr. Balan hopes.

The vice-mayor mentions that after the implementation of the Program, the things will get better, especially since the citizens are more active and they get involved in the process of solving the city’s problems. “I wish we didn’t stop here. The citizens dream of a recreational zone, where they’ll find a multifunctional area for children, sports activities, elderly people, a resting space and a summer theatre.”

An advice from Mr. Balan is that every person from every city’s community should be actively involved in the development processes of urban zones.

  • The Ungheni’s URP responsible person – Eduard Balan
  • Email: viceprimar.balan@gmail.com
  • Local facilitator : Ion Ungureanu, Centrul de Urbanism

This article is a part of the series of implemented activities in the context of promoting the Urban Revitalization approach in Republic of Moldova.

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The whole Revitalization Process and Program was challenging for me

Marina Vorbaneț, Edineț

Revitalization
12 July 2019
Visits: 474

Today, we’re talking about the Edinet Municipality and the positive changes, that will take place through the Revitalization Program.

“Initially, the whole Program was an enormous challenge, as I, actually, am not from Edinet”, says Maria Vorbanet, Specialist at the Edinet Mun.’s Mayoralty and the responsible person for Urban Revitalization in Edinet Mun. “When getting this position in the process, I’ve managed to find out so much about Edinet – so many discoveries at the zone, human and even institution services levels. I got to know people that are actively involved in the city’s life. And now, there’s a clearer vision of what is going on in the region – I am more initiated in the city’s vitality”, Marina explains.

Edinet, as many other Moldovan regions, is in need of interventions that will rehabilitate its image by improving certain spaces in bad condition, as well as life’s social aspects. “After Consultation Committee’s meetings and through discussions with institutions from the chosen revitalization zone ‘Mendeleev’, I have found out more about the city’s problems – the difficulties the citizens encounter, the changes they need. I have visited the kindergarten, the high school and a few NGOs and managed to discuss with their workers”, Marina tells.

According to her, some of the identified problems would be the lack of a developed infrastructure and of the feeling of a safe city. “The city doesn’t have equipped roads, even though there’s partial street lighting. There are no speed limiters, even though the streets are paved and there’s a high risk of car accidents in the areas near kindergartens”, she’s mentioning. The Edinet team has found out more on the changes the children and teenagers want in the area through a drawing contest.

We did not hesitated to ask Marina her thoughts on the elaboration process of the Revitalization Program in other country’s regions. “I have lived in Balti and I very well know the chosen zone (a.n. – the adjoining area of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ middle school), highlighted in the Program and I do believe it has a great potential in the rehabilitation process. There are many buildings, but the roads are in a bad condition; many children don’t have places to play at, families don’t know where to have a rest, although there are green areas. As for Ungheni, my hometown, the chosen zone is extremely important for the cities and its improvement will solve many existing problems.”

Marina’s positive spirit and involvement is an example worth following. “Don’t have fear. At its start, the process seems to be impossible, as it has so many stages to follow. It is pretty easy to leave such a process, but if you have an enormous desire to make beautiful changes, ideas will come and investment sources will appear”, she’s advising.

  • The Edinet’s URP responsible person – Marina Vorbăneț
  • Email: marina.vorbanet@gmail.com
  • Phone: +3736 855 12 22
  • Local Facilicator – Alexandru Munteanu, urbanist at Centrul de Urbanism

This article is a part of the series of implemented activities in the context of promoting the Urban Revitalization approach in Republic of Moldova.

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The Urban Revitalization Program is a valuable experience, and the local community should be involved in it

Dan Moraru, Bălți

Revitalization
12 July 2019
Visits: 407

The Urban Revitalization Program (hereinafter URP) is an ambitious initiative – it is oriented to the integral and sustainable development of cities, starting with the revitalization zone. In the frameworks of this particular initiative, we get to know the urban communities, as well as bright project ideas that are meant to improve the lives of the citizens.

“The drafting of the Balti Municipality’s URP has come a long way”, Dan Moraru says, the Chief of the External Relations and Attraction of Investments Service of the Balti Mayoralty, as well as the responsible person for the Municipality’s URP. “We’ve gone through various stages of registering in the proposal’s call for technical support, we’ve thoroughly analyzed the area of our Municipality according to the social, economic, environmental, technical and spacio-functional indexes. After this processes, we have identified the Slobozia zone as the revitalization zone and, afterwards, we have executed a Fact Finding Mission.”

The adjoining area of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” middle school has a striking potential – a big number of public and educational institutions, health centres, green areas and other important urbanistic elements. “After the Consultation Committee’s meetings, we got our project’s vision – Together for a healthy lifestyle, social inclusion and security in the adjoining area of the ‘Alexandru Ioan Cuza’ middle school. Now, we’re in the process of elaboration of revitalization projects”, Dan adds.

The revitalization problems and their solutions have been discussed during many interactive meetings – experts from Poland participated at one of them. “We’re 18 now – various active people”. After these meetings, some of the selected project ideas were the rehabilitation of pedestrian access and the improvement of the green areas from the Cahul street from Slobozia zone, the restoration and improvement of a children playground, the creation of better activity environment in educational institutions for its workers and children and the rehabilitation of street light near public institutions.

“The Revitalization Programme is a worthy example when it comes to the improvement of the community, a great process and a valuable experience, during which it is absolutely necessary to involve the local community”, Dan mentions.

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I want to involve more people into the village’s development

Pavlina Petrașco, s. Bucuteni, r-n Râbnița

A2S
12 July 2019
Visits: 422

As many people expressed their interest towards the activity of the Access to Success project, the A2S team decided to publish a series of articles about its participants and their initiates – there are so many of them, really diverse and interesting, especially if we talk about the partnerships among communities between both sides of Dniester.

“I’m Pavlina Petrasco, the President of the Consilium – Mayor of Butuceni village, Ribnitsa district. People have chosen me to change the village’s life to the better”. The deputy of the region, where Pavlina lives and works, wants to make many positive changes in their community, that’s why he advised Pavlina to participate in the project. Thus, they have left for a training in Tiraspol in September 2017, together with the mayor of Jura, the neighbouring village.

“We’ve only had ideas on cultural development”, Pavlina is recalling. “I wish to involve more people into the village’s development, to maintain the tradition, but we don’t really have the possibilities in this direction – no space, no adequate conditions. That’s why we’ve found a space we wanted to improve – to connect it to a gas heating system.”
In Butuceni village, you might find many things, but in a bad condition. “We’ve chosen the only sports building we have – with high walls, a very good roof and we’ve said to ourselves that in bad weather or during the cold winter evenings, our people could get together in this space. The summertime is full garden activities, so in winter, you also have to do something productive. For e.g., adults could pass onto younger generations their experience in weaving and embroidering and, maybe, singing the chastushki (a.n. – traditional singing poems). Plus, the younger ones could frequent mini-football, volley and tennis lessons.”
The project, coordinated by Pavlina, is enormously supported by the local community. “I represent the village’s administration and, together with the deputies, we make the decisions where to orient the present resources, where do we find new financial sources, who will carry on the project’s tasks, where do we call for volunteer help – after all, every one of us contributes with something”, Pavlina continues. Thus, with an initiative group of 50 people from various fields and with the villagers, Pavlina and her mayoralty team has started studying more about the village’s history. “For e.g., in a questionnaire, we’ve found out that by the ‘40s, the village’s birthday was celebrated on August 28th, but now, we’re doing it on November 4th.

Pavlina wished the future project participants a very useful advise – never give up and always march forward to achieve their goals.

This series of articles is written in the framework of the Access to Success project, implemented by the consortium of organizations Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, EcoContact, Ecospectr and Mostenitorii. The project Access to Success is financed by the European Union within the “Confidence-Building Measures” Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the programme for development cooperation – Polish aid.

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We must always be active – not just wait for opportunities.

Iulia Bernaz, Crasnogorca, r-nul Grigoriopol

A2S
12 July 2019
Visits: 434

Here’s another article about the partnership projects in the framework of the grant scheme of the “Access to Success” project. Since January 2nd 2019, these projects go through their implementation process. Today, we talk to Iulia Bernaz, the representative of the “Процветание” NGO from Crasnogorca village, Grigoriopol district.

“I’m Iulia. After graduating the University of Tiraspol, I decided to move back to Crasnogorca. Currently working as the main specialist in the village’s administration. Its leader told to take part in A2S project in order to improve the functioning conditions of the kindergarten”, Iulia said. During the registering process, the local initiative group, taking into consideration the villagers needs, planned to replace the kindergarten’s windows and to connect the House of Culture to a gas heating system.

Previously, Iulia was helping the kindergarten’s director to write a project proposal in order to get the funding. But as the latter had to leave the country for personal reasons, Iulia, together with her imitative group, continued to work for the project and its implementation.

“Some time ago, the kindergarten was functioning only seasonally, as it did not have any heating system. In 2014, its new director, Valentina Osinteva, started developing the institution. She has found specialists for every educational session for kids, professional talented teachers and, finally, she managed to connect the institution to a heating system. So, the kindergarten transformed into a little fairy tale – comfortably organized groups, separate playing spaces under the open sky, safe playground constructions for the kids. After these efforts, Mrs. Osinteva has come with the idea to change the windows and the doors in the institution”, Iulia tells us. That was the reason why the village’s team decided to apply for the project.

“The A2S projects supports us enormously – every training is an impulse to a new change. We study interesting methods to be applied among youth in order to organize different events.”

As we mentioned before, in January 2019, the implementation process of the partnership projects among communities from both sides of Dniester has started. Iulia advises all the beneficiaries to go forward. “We have to be active – not only wait for opportunities, but to start making positive changes”, points out Iulia.

This series of articles is written in the framework of the Access to Success project, implemented by the consortium of organizations Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, EcoContact, Ecospectr and Mostenitorii. The project Access to Success is financed by the European Union within the “Confidence-Building Measures” Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the programme for development cooperation – Polish aid.

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I met new people and future colleagues

Sudaber Guseinova, Grigoriopol

A2S
12 July 2019
Visits: 517

This particular piece is about a project from Butor village, Grigoriopol district. More on this non-commercial partnership from Sudaber Guseinova, the Centre of Social Support and Development “Успешная женщина”.

Sudaber’s team has initially mentioned that it registered to the project with two ideas. “We wanted to connect the House of Culture to a heating system and to open a social mini-bakery. But there was a ‘one village – one idea’ requirement, so we went with the cultural space, as it needed heating”, Sudaber is recalling. So, the team has contacted the House of Culture workers for an eventual collaboration and, together, registered in the project with the aforementioned idea.

“We’ve had questionnaire sessions for the locals, as we wanted to know their opinions, what community problems needed to be solved faster and, after all, it was established that among those three mentioned problems, the most burdensome was the lack of a heating system in the House of Culture”. This initiative is supported by the Mayoralty and by the organization, where Sudaber is currently working.”I want to mention that the mayoralty has covered the personal contribution in the project, worth of 30%. Additionally, our project is created in partnership with Cisla village, Telenesti district. This year, cultural development is one of our priorities – the village’s project has the aim to create a dance space and, having common interests, during the registration to the project’s call, we’ve decided to organize common events on both sides of Dniester”, Sudaber is emphasizing.

“We benefit of an enormous informational support from the organizers – during this project year, we’ve find out useful and reusable info. Access to Success offers an informational and educational support, and the experts help us during the project implementation and we’ve got a durable partnership – here, I met new people and future colleagues.”

The study visit in Poland has influenced the participants enthusiasm. “During the visit, we’ve got to know more on the Polish experience when working with local communities. It’s a complex program, that supports us morally, financially and informationally.”

An advise to future participants – “To make big changes, you need not only desire, but a good team you can rely on, that will always support you – if you don’t have a good team, the road to success will be hard. And, of course, don’t be afraid of anything – in this project, you will get thoroughly instructed and supported. It is important to want the change and to have a well-established aim that will define the future of your community.”

This series of articles is written in the framework of the Access to Success project, implemented by the consortium of organizations Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, EcoContact, Ecospectr and Mostenitorii. The project Access to Success is financed by the European Union within the “Confidence-Building Measures” Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the programme for development cooperation – Polish aid.

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Our business will create new job opportunities

Familia Necula, LAG „Plaiul Codrilor

Leader
12 July 2019
Visits: 532

We’ve visited the Necula family on a warm autumn morning. This colourful season could fill your lungs with its fresh perfume. Now, all the trips to the Moldovan villages are more enjoyable, as every landscape is eye-catching and every leaf falls poetically.

After an hour spent in the car, drinking a cold tea bought before in a shop from Chișinău, we headed to the outskirts of Dolna village, Strășeni district. We planned on visiting Vasile and Valentina Necula, beneficiaries of the Small Projects Fund (SPF), implemented by the Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova. The project, titled “Creating the necessary conditions for fruit processing in the LAG microregion ‘Plaiul Codrilor’”, has gained a partial financial contribution from SPF to build a second oven for dehydrating fruits.

“We have decided to build such massive ovens about three years ago“, Vasile tells us, mentioning about his childhood rituals of drying plums in so-called loznitsa (AN – a Romanian regionalism for a rod trellis, used for drying fruits, certain dairy products etc). “I’m truly proud of my doings. It’s like a dream came true – the one of working with fruits. I’ve been imagining myself taking care of my own orchards, and now, at this point, they’re of 27 ha“, he tells us, when wandering among plum trees.

If you saw those massive ovens, you would be amazed by these detailed constructions. “We live in an era with powerful technology. We’re planning on opening partnership contracts. We also want to develop a cooking oven that should be connected to a methane furnace“. 2018 was a very productive year for the Necula family – they have dried about 45  tons of plums, picked from their own orchards. They plan to offer fruit-dehydration services to other interested people.

The orchard was planted back in 2005, but it has grown during the years. Now, it hosts the growing process of three types of plums. “The waiting was the hardest part – the trees were growing along with our investments. But the first harvest brought us so much happiness and content, that we understood that everything was worth the wait. And we were proud of our work“. Now, the Necula family is working on enhancing the dripping irrigation system, so each tree gets the necessary amount of water. Thus, the plums are of a high quality, which means that the sales will also grow. But only 3 ha of trees are fully irrigated. “I don’t regret a moment spent on the orchard! Even if my family and I are working constantly, I love what we’re doing“, says Vasile.

By the way, the dried plums are for sale. “Many people are interested in buying them. We are preparing the necessary quality certification. We’re planning on a double production for 2019, which means more work and more workers. That’s why we plan on creating new job opportunities, as well, so we attract more people in our Dolna village. Everyone will be have good salaries in their wallets and dried plums on their tables“, says Vasile.

The Necula family has a small partnership with a firm, that will deliver a few tons of plums in Ukraine, but Vasile also hopes for building partnerships with Poland and Italy. “It might seem our business is not that successful, but we have settled a good working system for dehydrating fruits“, mentioned Vasile.

Vasile Necula advises everyone to contribute to the local development and small businesses in rural areas by participating in projects, through which they will obtain partial financial support. “We have to look further. There are a lot of projects, where we will invest our own money, but we’ll also gain other financial support, so everyone wins. People living in villages see pluses everywhere, so with small steps, we develop our business and create new jobs. Agriculture is not the easiest domain to work in, but with common efforts come even greater results“, emphasizes Vasile.

This article is from “Success Stories” series, regarding the LEADER rural edition, Small Projects Fund 2018, implement by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.
Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova supports the creation and the activity of Local Action Groups in Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach. 
The project “Creating the necessary conditions for fruit processing in the LAG microregion ”Plaiul Codrilor” is implemented in the framework of LEADER rural edition of Small Project Funds 2018 (with the support of Polish aid) and supported by the “Plaiul Codrilor” LAG.

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Pavlina Petrașco, Butuceni village, Rbnita district: I want to involve more people into the village’s development

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12 July 2019
Visits: 95

As many people expressed their interest towards the activity of the Access to Success project, the A2S team decided to publish a series of articles about its participants and their initiates – there are so many of them, really diverse and interesting, especially if we talk about the partnerships among communities between both sides of Dniester.

I’m Pavlina Petrasco, the President of the Consilium – Mayor of Butuceni village, Ribnitsa district. People have chosen me to change the village’s life to the better”. The deputy of the region, where Pavlina lives and works, wants to make many positive changes in their community, that’s why he advised Pavlina to participate in the project. Thus, they have left for a training in Tiraspol in September 2017, together with the mayor of Jura, the neighbouring village.

We’ve only had ideas on cultural development”, Pavlina is recalling. “I wish to involve more people into the village’s development, to maintain the tradition, but we don’t really have the possibilities in this direction – no space, no adequate conditions. That’s why we’ve found a space we wanted to improve – to connect it to a gas heating system.
In Butuceni village, you might find many things, but in a bad condition. “We’ve chosen the only sports building we have – with high walls, a very good roof and we’ve said to ourselves that in bad weather or during the cold winter evenings, our people could get together in this space. The summertime is full garden activities, so in winter, you also have to do something productive. For e.g., adults could pass onto younger generations their experience in weaving and embroidering and, maybe, singing the chastushki (a.n. – traditional singing poems). Plus, the younger ones could frequent mini-football, volley and tennis lessons.
The project, coordinated by Pavlina, is enormously supported by the local community. “I represent the village’s administration and, together with the deputies, we make the decisions where to orient the present resources, where do we find new financial sources, who will carry on the project’s tasks, where do we call for volunteer help – after all, every one of us contributes with something”, Pavlina continues. Thus, with an initiative group of 50 people from various fields and with the villagers, Pavlina and her mayoralty team has started studying more about the village’s history. “For e.g., in a questionnaire, we’ve found out that by the ‘40s, the village’s birthday was celebrated on August 28th, but now, we’re doing it on November 4th.”

Pavlina wished the future project participants a very useful advise – never give up and always march forward to achieve their goals.

This series of articles is written in the framework of the Access to Success project, implemented by the consortium of organizations Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, EcoContact, Ecospectr and Mostenitorii. The project Access to Success is financed by the European Union within the “Confidence-Building Measures” Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the programme for development cooperation – Polish Aid.

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The National LEADER Network from the Republic of Moldova at Europe Day

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12 July 2019
Visits: 541

May 11th and 18th were significant days in European organisations’ agendas – Europe Day took place in both Chisinau and Cahul. Various organisations, representatives of local initiatives, small producers and enthusiasts in local development, gathered together with the same goal – to promote the local and European values that are crucial to the effective development of the country.

The National LEADER Network from the Republic of Moldova has participated at the European Village, offering information on the LEADER’s mission, and vision and sharing local products and foodstuffs from the Local Action Groups (LAG) during a mini-fair.

Chisinau’s visitors had the chance to explore an exhibition of the projects, implemented in the framework of the LEADER approach – projects financed by the European Union and others donors, including Polish Aid. Additionally, different artisanal objects, such as exclusive traditional shirts with bead embroideries and other crocheted items, were put on sale during this fair. The “Drumul Gospodarilor” and “Valea Halmagei” LAGs were present during this event.

Cahul housed organisations, diplomatic missions and local initiatives in the European Village’s tents. During this particular event, the “Lunca Prutului de Jos”, “Cismeaua Sudului”, “Bugeac Kilim”, “Zhemchuzhina Yuga”, “Colinele Tigheciului” and “Valea Halmagei” LAGs participated. The mini-fair, organised to promote the mission of the National LEADER Network from the Republic of Moldova, was filled with visitors – they bought dairy products, honey, exclusive beeswax objects, traditional clothes, handmade brooms and sweets at extremely low prices.

Furthermore, the representatives of the National LEADER Network and of the LAGs have participated in a meeting with the Chief of the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, Peter Michalko, and with other officials and ambassadors from EU countries. After presenting the experience of implementing the LEADER approach in the Republic of Moldova, a conversation with the representatives of the Local Action Groups followed. Mr Michalko congratulated the participants on their gained results, encouraging them to continue the development actions taken in their villages, reiterating that the European Union will continue to support the LEADER approach in the country.

The LAGs representatives presented their experience on the implementation process of the LEADER approach, talked more on the challenges they met and, of course, about their successful projects carried out during the last two years – projects that help develop the image of the Moldovan countryside. The Chief of the Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, Peter Michalko, has promised to include personal visits to the Moldovan LAGs in his schedule.

The participation of the National LEADER Network during the celebrations of Europe Day was possible thanks to support from the Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, that supports the creation and the activity of the Local Action Groups in the Republic of Moldova, based on the LEADER approach.

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New financing contracts signed within the Small Project Fund, LEADER and LEADER+ rural edition

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12 July 2019
Visits: 401

On April 23rd, 2019, new financing contracts were signed, as well as a new training within the Small Projects Fund, LEADER and LEADER+ edition.

After Tomasz Horbowski, director of Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, Marina Albu, the president of the National LEADER Network from the Republic of Moldova, and Radu Tucan, SPF coordinator, brought their kind regards, those 50 participants of the event – managers and LAG presidents and the responsible structure, have discussed and debated a series of subjects for the next stages in the LAGs’ activity.

Marina Albu presented the methodology and the implementation process, after which, together with the present guests, there were established the next steps, deadlines and organizing methods of the selection contest of the micro-projects and their implementation.

Radu Tucan presented a series of suggestions in order to make the aforementioned processes more efficient, and established a series of document models for the proposal call in the LAGs, as well as more regarding the methodology of cooperation and communication with the partners. “The LAG is not a closed group. You should co-finance those projects that really deserve that and it doesn’t matter if they belong to LAG members or not”, Radu mentioned.

The most important part of the event was the signing of the financing contracts for the LAGs, that were selected to be financed within the SPF 2019, LEADER and LEADER+ rural edition.

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“Revitalization for Urban Development in Moldova” Conference

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12 July 2019
Visits: 578

The first edition of the “Revitalization for Urban Development in Moldova” Conference took place on April 11th and 12th, organized by the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of Poland, Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment of the Republic of Moldova and Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

More than 150 guests have participated in the event, among which one could meet representatives of the cities participating in the revitalization process in Moldova, of Moldovan partnering ministries and regional development agencies, of the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of Poland, development partners, facilitators from Centre of Urbanism and all the enthusiasts in urban revitalization in Moldova.

The conference has been a great opportunity to discuss the results of the processes carried on by now, and specifically the legal framework at the national level (The Guideline) in the domain of urban revitalisation, the implementation of six pilot-projects during the year of 2018 (in Comrat, Ungheni, Balti, Ocnita, Edinet, Cimislia, and the elaboration of the Urban Revitalisation Programs within the technical support offered to those 9 participant cities in 2018.

Within the Conference, eight cities (Ocnita, Soroca, Edinet, Cimislia, Causeni, Ungheni, Balti, Ialoveni), selected during the Small Grants Fund call of 2019 – Urban Revitalization edition, received guarantee letters regarding the co-financing of the selected Urban Revitalization programs implementation, supported by the Polish aid.

“Urban Revitalization in Moldova is a complex process, a balance between infrastructure interventions and social measures – both integrated, they come to improve life’s quality of the inhabitants in the revitalization zone”, Anastasia Stefanita emphasized, program coordinator, Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

These interventions are of infrastructure, building and community levels. For e.g., in 2018 in Balti, the facilities of the “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” middle school were improved, but at the community level, there was organized a revitalization ideas competition, conversations with the zone’s inhabitant, that consequently created an initiative group. In Ungheni, within an integrated program (Polish aid and GEF), the yards of a locative buildings area were renovated, the inhabitants created their own associations to actively collaborate with an economic agent from the zone to organize community manifests.

Revitalization represents an inspirational instrument for urban development in Europe. In Poland, more than 100 cities are implementing comprehensive urban revitalization programs. The process is based upon certain important principles: complexity, integrated approach, partnerships and participation. The main idea is to positively transform those parts of the city that are in critical condition and in need of social, architectural and economic changes.

The process of urban revitalization in Moldova is co-financed from the funds of the programme for development cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland – Polish aid. Within the project, one of the goals was to share the Polish experience and build, together, an efficient system of urban development in Moldova, with an emphasis on the degraded revitalisation zone.

The event hosted a discussion session for the development partners regarding the opportunities to support urban development in Republic of Moldova.
The event was a new step to developing a city network for urban revitalisation in Moldova and to identifying possible synergies of the efforts regarding the urban development.

The second day of the Conference was organized as a study visit in Ungheni, where the colleagues from Poland (mayors of Starachowice and Dobiegniew, experts and representatives of the Ministry of Investment and Economic Development of Poland) and representatives of Moldovan cities could see the pilot-project of 2018, an example of a multifunctional centre and, of course, the revitalisation zone, where many interventions will be held during 2019.

The article belongs to the series of implemented activities in the context of promotion of the Urban Revitalisation approach in Republic of Moldova with the support of the programme for development and cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland.

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Iulia Bernaz, Crasnogorca village: We must always be active – not just wait for opportunities

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12 July 2019
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Here’s another article about the partnership projects in the framework of the grant scheme of the “Access to Success” project. Since January 2nd 2019, these projects go through their implementation process. Today, we talk to Iulia Bernaz, the representative of the “Процветание” NGO from Crasnogorca village, Grigoriopol district.

“I’m Iulia. After graduating the University of Tiraspol, I decided to move back to Crasnogorca. Currently working as the main specialist in the village’s administration. Its leader told to take part in A2S project in order to improve the functioning conditions of the kindergarten”, Iulia said. During the registering process, the local initiative group, taking into consideration the villagers needs, planned to replace the kindergarten’s windows and to connect the House of Culture to a gas heating system.

Previously, Iulia was helping the kindergarten’s director to write a project proposal in order to get the funding. But as the latter had to leave the country for personal reasons, Iulia, together with her imitative group, continued to work for the project and its implementation.

“Some time ago, the kindergarten was functioning only seasonally, as it did not have any heating system. In 2014, its new director, Valentina Osinteva, started developing the institution. She has found specialists for every educational session for kids, professional talented teachers and, finally, she managed to connect the institution to a heating system. So, the kindergarten transformed into a little fairy tale – comfortably organized groups, separate playing spaces under the open sky, safe playground constructions for the kids. After these efforts, Mrs. Osinteva has come with the idea to change the windows and the doors in the institution”, Iulia tells us. That was the reason why the village’s team decided to apply for the project.

“The A2S projects supports us enormously – every training is an impulse to a new change. We study interesting methods to be applied among youth in order to organize different events.”

As we mentioned before, in January 2019, the implementation process of the partnership projects among communities from both sides of Dniester has started. Iulia advises all the beneficiaries to go forward. “We have to be active – not only wait for opportunities, but to start making positive changes”, points out Iulia.

This series of articles is written in the framework of the Access to Success project, implemented by the consortium of organizations Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova, EcoContact, Ecospectr and Mostenitorii. The project Access to Success is financed by the European Union within the “Confidence-Building Measures” Programme and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, the programme for development cooperation – Polish Aid.

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