In May-July 2016, the IRI team organized field visits in 7 communities from the north, center and south of Moldova: Alexanderfeld, Ursoaia villages, Cahul; Baurci, Tomai villages ATU Gagauzia; Carpineni village, Hincesti; Ursoaia, Calarasi and Maramonovca villages, Drochia. The goal of the visits was to identify and help create initiative groups within the frame of “Minority Empowerment in Moldova II” project.
As a result of these visits, in each community was created a nucleus of 3-5 people coming from different backgrounds, who volunteered to take the lead, and who by getting actively involved in the project will contribute to changing the community they come from.
During the meetings people were informed about the objectives and an opportunity provided within the project. The IRI team was assured that there is a stringent need of such an initiative in their communities and got reassured that citizens would get involved and actively participate in activities (LIGA trainings, campaigns, round tables etc).
The new created initiative LIGA groups will be joining their efforts with 15 groups that were previously involved in the project implementation. Therefore, 22 initiative groups with cca 88-100 members coming from ethnic communities will be working together, learning one from another and bringing the positive change to their communities.
The Minority Empowerment in Moldova II project aims at developing capacities of national minorities in the field of community organizing and democratic public participation. The project is sponsored by U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Managed by Great Lakes Consortium at WSOS Community Action Commission, Inc. and is locally implemented by the Institute for Rural Initiatives in Moldova.