On July 22 through July 24, 2016 the Institute for Rural Initiatives organized a new training course in the field of community activism.
What makes a community to be a community? How can we listen to a community and identify its leaders? What is the difference between what we have and why we want to have? – these were the subjects that have sparked an increased interest from the 28 leaders coming from 7 ethnic communities from Moldova: Alexanderfeld, Ursoaia villages, Cahul; Baurci, Tomai villages UTA Găgăuzia; Cărpineni village, Hîncești; Ursoaia calarasi Călărași and Maramonovca village, Drochia.
Participants have benefited of 3 intense days filled with development and capacity building sessions, facilitated by experts coming from the United States and Romania.
The event was welcomed by various representatives of central and local public authorities, the State Chancellery of Moldova, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, vice mayors and district councilors.
“I am familiar with the Institute for Rural Initiatives (formerly Ograda Noastra) since 2004 and I do believe that if it still keeps up the good work and organizes national level activities, I am convinced that IRI does impressive work and achieves great results,” mentioned Mariana Glib, a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Moldova.
At the event participants were active, enthusiastic and creative. They worked in small groups, were involved in role plays, learned new techniques and tools in the community developing and organizing fields – tools that will start applying once they get back to their communities.
The event was preceded by a one-day event – TOT course for mentors aimed to train and guide a group of 4 mentors from previous project beneficiaries. Within the frame of the new project the mentors will have the role to support and assist the newly formed initiative groups at the local level.
The “Academy for building community activism” is an activity, a part of the “Minority Empowerment in Moldova” project, which 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.