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I work so people can enjoy the clean water

Petru Rusu, "Valea Cuboltei" LAG

LEADER approach
27 April 2020
Visits: 545

The times are changing, the technologies are advancing and professions that were once essential, today are one the verge of disappearing. In Hasnasenii Mari village from Drochia district, the well sinker profession is still popular, and a great well sinker, such as Petru Rusu, is always requested to work on different local fountain projects, especially since he has modern equipment, that will ease his job.

Painter by profession, Petru Rusu has embraced the craft of well sinker more than 15 years ago and has managed to clean hundreds of wells. “I’ve worked in the theatre, at the House of Culture, and now, I am helping people to enjoy the clean water. After abundant rains, there’s a lot of silt gathering and then I have a lot of work to do. I like working and it doesn’t matter the place”, he says.

The season of cleaning the wells is usually opened at the beginning of the spring and ends late in the fall. The well sinker says that the new accessories are very useful, as they improve the quality of the carried on works and will allow Mr. Rusu to diversify the work services. “Thanks to the support of ‘Valea Cuboltei’ LAG, I refine my skills. Until now, I was working with my old utensils and I did not have the possibility to buy a video camera and a drill press”, Petru Rusu mentions.

The camera is descended in the well, and thanks to the computer work, the well sinker sees what is happening in this structure, if there’s any strange object. “In the past years, I was managing to clean up to ten wells per season, but this device might increase people’s interest, as I have all the necessary equipment for a high-quality operation”, Mr. Rusu points out.

The project “The Development of the wells’ structure cleaning business through the modernisation of the equipment”, implemented by Petru rusu from Hasnasenii Mari village, Drochia district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Alexandru Dascal, “Valea Cuboltei” LAG: “To come back home was a right decision to take”

Alexandru Dascal, "Valea Cuboltei" LAG

LEADER approach
7 April 2020
Visits: 448

Practicing agriculture in protected areas is a more and more attractive business idea for many farmers in the Republic of Moldova. This is the story of Alexandru Dascal from Lazo village, Drochia region, whom, together with his parents, developed a cultivation activity of vegetables in a greenhouse, and now, makes happy a lot of consumers with eco veggies.

In order to ease his job, the farmer managed to mechanize his soil processing work with a Hinomoto N200/20CP mini-tractor. “The majority of the soil processing tasks are manually made, since we don’t have that much workforce in the village. This is why we decided to acquire powerful equipment. We have a manual plough, but we lost a lot of time“, Alexandru tells.

The Dascal family grows various veggie cultures – cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and sweet peppers, – and they are commercialized as wholesale products in Chisinau. “We manage to harvest produce twice a year in order to cover our expenses. And the investment of the mini-tractor will be redeemed in five years“, he mentions.

Alexandru worked a few years in Russia, then came back home and decided to invest in agriculture. “It’s better to be home, even if it’s much harder. I decided to live in the countryside, next to my parents, and the fact that people try to make a change, create LAGs, makes me think that I’ve taken the right decision.

The project “The Modernisation of the technical-material basis to cultivate vegetables in a protected space”, implemented by Alexandru Dascal from Lazo village, Drochia region, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Ciuciuieni Mayoralty, “Hora Ciulucului” LAG: “There’s life and motion in villages”

Vitu Violeta, "Hora Ciulucului" LAG

LEADER approach
23 March 2020
Visits: 614

The inhabitants of the Ciuciuieni village, Singerei district, have a new reason to celebrate – there’s a new, modern recreational area for children and their parents, that want to rest in a peaceful and active atmosphere.

Determined to make the necessary changes in her village, Mrs. Mayor of Ciuciuieni and the president of the “Hora Ciulucului” LAG, Violeta Vitu, stated that every year, during the summer holidays, many people from all around the world, come back to the village. “We’ve noticed that especially children didn’t have any specific activities or games. There’s life and motion in the villages — this is a fortunate thing and gives me an impulse to continue my work. We decided to start with the park’s improvement, and then we will develop the touristic potential of the region.

In order to design the play area, we’ve acquired recreational equipment — a seesaw, a swing-set, a merry-go-round, a drawing board and a play set. We have carefully chosen the company that was going to deliver us the equipment, because we wanted to put the accent on the quality, eco-friendly materials and the type of wood used in the construction of the play-set, these being the decisive arguments”, Mrs. Vitu tells us.

Mrs. Mayor says that the works that follow will be about the pavement and the installation of a protection fence, the placement of waste bins and of the rest benches, so that the time the kids spend in the Ciuciuieni park is fun and secure.

According to Violeta Vitu, the play area will have an educational goal, because there will be organized many open-air event for the kindergarten and for the primary school. Another reason why she opted to improve the play area in Ciuciuieni is the psychoemotional development of the children. “There are children with different needs, some like football, checks, drawing, there are other shy kids, and those that integrate themselves easier easier in the activities.

The “Improvement of the play area in Ciuciuieni village” project, implemented by Ciuciuieni mayoralty, Singerei district, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Grosu Family, Chiscareni village: “One’s soul gets happier when realizing that you can do something at home”

Andrei Grosu, "Hora Ciulucului" LAG

LEADER approach
17 March 2020
Visits: 667

Exploring the rural potential is one of the chosen development priorities of many Local Action Groups in the Republic of Moldova.

This is why, our team decided to tell you about a touristic initiative of the “Hora Ciulucului” LAG – “Casa din Vale”, that was co-financed within the “USAID LEADER project” to decorate and enhance the yard of their rural house with colorful yet necessary items, that will delight the souls of those that are in love with nature and good food.

“Back in 2018, we decided to open our family’s rural house”, Andrei Grosu tells us, the “Casa din Vale” owner. “Taking into consideration that we have many tourists, my wife and I had the idea to decorate the pension’s space with a garden house and a swing, so that both the adults and the children could spend their time in a nice, calm atmosphere.”

The rural house is in the heart of the Chiscareni village, Singerei district, and it can host up to four people – there are two rooms by two places. “When we opened it, we didn’t have many guests, but, slowly, the world started finding out about us. Now, we’re on Booking.com. We hope to have more tourists, especially since our country is among the off-the-beaten-path travel destinations in Europe”, Mr. Grosu said.

The Grosu family developed a business in their home country, as they know they can offer high-quality services in great conditions, promote the traditional dishes and local historical places that deserve to be visited. “We have the Casso hill with the boyar’s cave – he left so many old and beautiful things that have been recently renovated.”

“I told myself that I needed to come back home”, Mr. Grosu mentions while telling us about his working experience abroad. “I couldn’t see how my child is growing up or how my family is developing. And, you know, one’s soul gets happier when realizing that you can do something at home. Before the rural house, we were developing a beekeeping business. We then opened the house and I could stay closer to my family”, he adds.

“I think we all need a lot of courage to overcome our personal fears, and projects like these give an impulse to move further – the co-financing and the personal contribution is a perfect combination to create something beautiful in Moldova, so we could attract more and more international guests to visit our picturesque places and, with their support, to stay home.”

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Tamara Conica: “The kindergarten is a safer space now – a wonderful feature for the institution’s activity”

Tamara Conica, "Bastina Gospodarului" LAG

LEADER approach
22 January 2020
Visits: 400

The rural development is an ongoing process, which is manifested through many results. One of them is the improvement of the conditions within early education institutions.

“The project started from a simple desire – the one to improve the playful environment of the village’s children”, Tamara Conica, the Cucuruzeni kindergarten’s teacher, tells us. “Parents, teachers, children – we all had this desire”, she adds.

This project was carried on within the “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG and the new space looks just amazing and, what is most important, safe for those 68 children, aged from three to seven years old that attend the institution. “We’ve gathered our team, prepared the project, the budget list and, supported by the local administration, we’ve implemented it. We are so happy. It is a space, where all of the celebrations, morning gymnastics, sports activities will take place – so it’s a wonderful feature for our institution’s activity” Mrs. Conica explains.

The institution plans to improve other aspects of the interior yard, as well. “This is a place for children’s development, so it needs to be in a better condition – we have to repair the fence, to find a storage space, to renovate the institution’s façade, to change the doors, so the space is warmer. We’re also thinking of a new sports area or a festivity hall”, Mrs. Conica adds. 

The teacher’s piece of advice for those who want to improve their rural communities is to participate in projects, such as “USAID LEADER Activities”. “Don’t be afraid, everything is real”, she emphasizes.

The “Paving a playground area”, implemented by the Cucuruzeni Kindergarten, 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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Access to Success brought me closer to people

Aliona Visnevscaia, Chitcani village

A2S
30 December 2019
Visits: 395

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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Father Leonid: “It’s proved that both here and in other areas the LAGs are efficient”

Cucuruzeni Church, "Bastina Gospodarului" LAG

LEADER approach
10 December 2019
Visits: 335

Through the multitude of the projects in rural development, there is one regarding the yard pavement of the church of Cucuruzeni village. The project, to which we dedicate this articles, is a part of the Sports, culture and recreational services development priority, chosen by “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG.

“The church is architecture monument, a building that is more than 160 years of age. A year ago, when we started frequenting the LAG sessions, we hoped to gain support for its restauration – no renovation was made to it since 1989”, Leonid Sirghi tells, a priest in Cucuruzeni village.

He adds that, at the beginning, his team was quite sceptical. “We’ve managed to fit into the project and paved 180 square metres from the yard, that we really hope will serve us many years ahead. The local community is happy about these beautiful changes”, he adds.

According to him, there was supposed to be a certain sum as a personal contribution, but it only covered the expenses for half of the yard. “Thanks to the support of the local community and to parish assembly, we’ve mobilised to finish the pavement for the whole area. Thus, the personal contribution exceeded a few times the sum of the project, but the help from the LAG was absolutely needed”, Father Leonid mentioned.

The community of the Cucuruzeni village is quite numerous, the majority of it being Christians of all ages and occupations, that come to support the renovation of the building as they see it as the village’s history. “This is a saint place, where people gather, reflect on their actions, recharge themselves with energy. People saw that it is possible and they have got the trust of the help offered from other funds.”

In the future, the church community plans to start a social cantine for elders and a sewing workshop. “Maybe these plans will help us to unite people. We hope to implement many social projects for the community”, Father Leonid says.

“Daring is caring. We have to continue move further. Everything will be achieved through hard work. We have already seen that it’s proved – both here and in other areas, the LAGs are efficient”, Father Leonid ends. The project “The pavement of the church yard”, implemented by the Cucuruzeni village, Orhei disctrict, was implemented within the USAID LEADER Activity project, co-financed by the United States Agency for International Development – USAID, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland, cooperation programme for development – Polish aid, and implemented by Solidarity Fund PL in Moldova.

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Galina Mihai: “You have to be fearless in writing projects and implementing them”

Cucuruzeni Library, "Bastina Gospodarului"

LEADER approach
26 November 2019
Visits: 492

In the middle of November, we’ve embarked on a trip to the commune of Cucuruzeni – we have so many interesting projects in the “Bastina Gospodarului” LAG, so our team decided to go there and talk to the locals about the achieved results.

One of the projects is “Confort la Biblioteca” (in En: “Comfort in the library”). A priority for the LAG is the Sports, culture and recreational services development, and Galina Mihai, a librarian in the village, managed to create the necessary comfort for all the visitors of the Cucuruzeni Library.

“This institution was founded in 1974. Its windows and door haven’t been changed for quite a while – we’ve heated the place with the help of the fireplace, but it was useless, as it was cold no matter what”, Mrs. Mihai tells us. “We’ve knocked on many doors, searching for financial support for the partial renovation of the library and we’re thankful that we’ve found it in the LAG, as we’ve changed what we needed and we’re feeling warm”.

Mrs. Galina has been working as a librarian for eight years. “This is the cultural-educational centre of the area, and we’ve been collaborating with the gymnasium, House of Culture, the health centre – in short, with everyone”, she says. The library also has volunteers. “At the moment, we have 514 library subscribers, and almost 140 of them are the school’s pupils, and the rest – the locals of Cucuruzeni. The library is used under diverse aspects – as a place to find a variety of books, including the ones on the village’s  history, and as a place with a free access to the worldwide web, as the institution, within another national project, acquired new computers and internet service”, Mrs. Mihai adds.

Our team had the chance to get to know a few pupils from the local school, and some of the artists, that enchanted us with beautiful songs about their village under the accordion rhythms. We’ve heard some stories and some fables.

“My advice to those that want to make a change – make it and be fearless in writing projects and implementing them. It’s important to write simple, yet sincere projects, so everyone understands the needs of the community”, Mrs. Galina urges.

The “Comfort in the library”, implemented by the Cucuruzeni Library, 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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A2S Partnerships: Pelinia and Butuceni villages talk on the renovation of the local infrastructure and the established friendship

Galina Grumeza and Pavlina Petrasco,

A2S
24 October 2019
Visits: 453

The partnership between Pelinia and Butuceni villages is one of those 15 established partnerships, involved in the Access to Success project, that benefited from a series of study sessions, activities and financial support in order to implement infrastructure interventions, that will improve the relations among the communities on the both sides of Dniester.

The Pelinia-Butuceni partners are implementing the “Awareness, involvement, development – Key factors for improving the quality of life in Pelinia – Butuceni communities” project.

“I’ve said it many times – A2S is an exceptional project, as it emphasizes the relations among people”, Galina Grumeza mentions, the local coordinator from the right bank (the responsible organisation “Bastinasii din Pelinia”). “From the very beginning of the study sessions, we’ve had a stronger bond with the representatives of the Butuceni village – Ecaterina, Pavlina and their team. We’ve established a partnership at the second training”, Galina tells about her experience within the A2S activities.

Pavlina Petrasco, the representantive of the non-commercial partnership of economic, social and cultural development “Сукчес ал плаюлуй натал”, Butuceni village, left bank of Dniester, has emphasized that she partnered with a wonderful team. “I think the are very professional, as this team has a rich experience in project implementation. We communicate with Galina, Ludmila and Victoria, as we still need advice and mutual support. This ways, we understand the work principles of our team, so we don’t go against the regulations and other legal frameworks. We’ve been visiting each other at each local event”, Pavlina talks.

This partnership benefited from a support valued at EUR 24,929.00 from A2S. This budget was invested in the renovation of local infrastructure, as well as in the joint promotional events. “My expectations were met, as we now have a beautiful, modern festivity hall, where the young ones will have the possibility to organise various actions, a centre for them, maybe even film & conversation sessions. But, emotionally, we have got so much out of this project.”

In Butuceni village, on the other hand, there was no space for the locals to carry on any activities, so the necessity to create one was visible. “We’ve been thinking a lot about that and then we decided that we needed a space to organize local events, sports competitions – a warm place, with a good roof and strong walls. We identified the House of Culture for this purpose – if we repaired it, we would install a heating system, we would have a place where we could regularly meet with the citizens, creation groups, rehearsals, trainings, and it would be especially useful during winter times”, Pavlina mentions when talking about their project idea.

In Pelinia village, the partnership catalysed the mobilisation of the community – all the local institutions, as the House of Culture, Arts School, kindergartens, Seniors’ assemble, economic agents, diaspora and other, – everyone supported the realisation of the project, gathering a much bigger sum as the project contribution. “All these people helped us moving forward”, Galina emphasized, adding that the change started with a new festivity hall and it will spread to other institutions and infrastructure. “This how we are trying every day to change Pelinia’s life for the better”

Pavlina is thanking every person involved in this project. “I now know so many personalities with a warm souls. Our trainers impacted our abilities and our moral-spiritual state-of-mind. I have understood that all the efforts should be shown to everyone, as on the way, there will be people interested in our work and will want to be involved in our activities. It’s important to believe in your own forces, to work and to achieve the right goal”, Pavlina points out.

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

Malaiesti Gymnasium, "Bastina Gospodarului" LAG

LEADER approach
17 October 2019
Visits: 536

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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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

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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

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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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We aim to produce high quality honey

Vasile Porubin, LAG "Plaiul Codrilor"

LEADER approach
9 July 2019
Visits: 441

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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I managed to train the children to achieve high performances

Mihai Chitaica, LAG „Serpentina Nistrului”

Leader
8 July 2019
Visits: 592

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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