On March 12, 2017 the Institute for Rural Initiatives successfully completed the third capacity building training course designed to impulse the activity of the 7 new initiative groups coming from 7 villages from Moldova. The groups consist of 6-8 people with initiative that want to bring the change at the local level.
Iustina Neagu and Nicoleta Chirita (Romania), and Serghei Mihailov (Republic of Moldova), an international team of professional trainers, have conducted the training. The 3-day training course was focused on three major topics: “Strengthening the initiative groups”, “Fundraising” and “Project writing in a rural context”.
Participants appreciated the content and the methodology of the training and emphasized that they have been impressed by the high level of trainer’s expertise.
In over 3 years of the project implementation the Institute for Rural Initiatives has created and empowered initiative groups in 22 communities, mostly in rural areas.
We are glad that civic people’s interest and motivation are constantly increasing.
“I get involved because I care for my future and future of my children. Many times I have been discriminated due to my ethnicity and I want to break the stereotypes. I want to prove that I am a responsible citizen and a civilized person, and I want to be a good role model for my kids and other citizens from my community,” stated Silvia Feraru, community mediator from Carpineni village, Hincesti rayon.
The Institute for Rural Initiatives will keep being focused on promoting civic spirit in rural communities, but also will offer practical support to strengthen 22 civic groups from all over the country.
The “Minority Empowerment in Moldova II” 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.