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Aliona Vișnevscaia, Chitcani village: Access to Success brought me closer to people

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30 December 2019
Visits: 82

Here’s another story about people and partnerships — a story, that inspires and contributes to the improvement of the local areas from different perspectives. This time, we will talk about Aliona Visnevscaia, the coordinator from the left bank of the “Youth Constellation” project, that is implemented by the Sanatauca-Chitcani partnership.

The ‘Youth Constellation’ project aims at a stronger cooperation among young people from both sides of the Dniester river, as well as at improving the local infrastructure – in our case, of a cultural space”, Aliona tells us. Her team’s partners are from the village of Sanatauca and they have arranged a park area near the Dniester river, where, according to the project, there was organized a common activity with the participation of both partners – four camping days in this beautiful area.

We’ve had a wonderful collaboration – the young ones definitely befriended each other”, Aliona states. According to her, there were planned a few activities within the project. “We write, we call and we always ask for each other’s pieces of advice. We also plan to organise a couple of cinema sessions in the park of the Chitcani’s House of Culture”, she adds.

If we talk about the acquired experience within the project, Aliona mentions that everything was exceptional. “I’ve got the chance to be, for the first time, the main coordinator. Usually, the positions I hold are the ones of support or assistance, but now, I’ve got the opportunity to grow, to work on my abilities. The project also was the necessary impulse to create a non-commercial organisation”, Aliona tells.

The locals are very happy about a project like that. “Some people did not support us from the very beginning, but we always had enthusiasts that are not indifferent to what is happening in the village, especially in the context of the nowadays population migration. The village has those people that want to make a change in it”, Aliona mentions, adding that these people were ready to share some of the goods they have around the house in order to improve the park, they joined the team’s cleaning initiatives. “Access to Success brought me closer to people, as I had the chance to be guided by experts in the area, from whom you take the experience and listen to each of their advice. I got to know so many other interesting people from the organisations involved in the partnerships. Today, we are a big family.

Aliona adds that the partnership she’s in plans to apply for other projects, maybe even create a four-member project for the development of the rural tourism. “I advise everyone not to lose hope, to let fears go and move forward”, she finishes.

Proiectul „Acces pentru succes: parteneriate pentru dezvoltare comunitară durabilă” este implementat de către Consorțiul de organizații: Solidarity Fund PL în Moldova în parteneriat cu AO „Eco-Contact”, ОО „Ecospectr” și AO „Moștenitorii” și finanțat de Uniunea Europeană în cadrul Programului „Susținerea măsurilor de promovare a încrederii” și cofinanțat de Ministerul Afacerilor Externe al Poloniei, în cadrul programului polonez de cooperare pentru dezvoltare – Asistența Poloniei.

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

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12 July 2019
Visits: 74

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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Sudaber Guseinova, Grigoriopol: I met new people and future colleagues

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12 July 2019
Visits: 104

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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