During November through December, 2015 the Institute for Rural Initiatives and LIGA leaders organized meetings with LPA representatives in 15 communities involved in the project implementation.
171 representatives of Bulgarian, Roma, Gagauz, Czech, and Ukrainian minorities met in order to share best practices acquired for 2 years of project implementation, as well as make an attempt to challenge the negative prejudices regarding minorities that still persist in some of the communities.
The meetings also aimed to motivate Local Public Authorities representatives to learn from successful practices, as well as to motivate them to participate and engage in concrete actions that will lead to solving community issues in the future.
As a result of the meetings based on discussions and recommendations from LPA and LIGA members’ ideas, there were established next priorities to be addressed locally in the nearest future: ennobling the village’s appearance, installing garbage containers, opening a shelter for the elderly, open a sports centre, building a park, development and protection of green spaces in urban and rural areas, opening clubs of interest etc.
The success stories achieved within the project frame and the lessons learned are very helpful for both community members involved, as well as for LPA representing a successful model of public-individual collaboration that contributed to positive change in the communities.
The Minority Empowerment in Moldova project is funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, administered by WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. and is locally implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives.