IRI started a new tour through the country by visiting rural communities and people who actively promote the local community initiatives.
The first visited community was the village of Ciocilteni, Orhei district, where IRI met with the initiative group, formed from young optimists, full of innovative ideas to make their community a better place for living. The group members welcomed IRI team with ‘martisoare’ (a spring symbol in Moldova) and beautiful messages about spring. During the meeting with the youth initiative group IRI had a friendly discussion about the activities they organized in winter, the challenges they met and the plans for the future.
IRI also learned from them that they want very much a musical equipment to organize various events which would bring the young people together in the community and would create communication bridges between the young people who are more and more isolated and attached on social networks the past years.
“We really want a music equipment to organize dance evenings where young people can meet to socialize, have fun, and spend their free time. We believe that young people will be more motivated and will get much more involved in the activities, organized by our initiative group,” mentioned the members of the youth initiative group from Ciocilteni.
In order to achieve this goal, the young people will apply in practice the skills gained within the ProCivic Academy III, where they studied two important subjects: fundraising techniques and writing projects.
“The idea of collecting the money, which I called “The Coins War in a Jar” came to my mind in December, but I did not know exactly how to present it, but last week I launched this initiative, and I am very happy it has success. Colleagues, teachers, friends, all contribute,” told us Victoria Mirza, the ProCivic Academy graduate and an active member of the initiative group, village Ciocilteni, Orhei district.
The meeting was concluded with a few questions about how the young people would be and what they would be doing in 20 years. The responses were interesting:
“The young people will stay in their country, they will work in the branches of industry.”
“They will bring new initiatives from the developed European countries.”
“The young people will have places where to live; new jobs will be created with a decent salary.”
“The birthrate will grow, which has diminished lately.”
The Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) will further support the local initiative groups, especially the young people, to promote the civic activism, the social participation and cohesion among different community groups.
“For us supporting local initiative groups means many things. First of all, every new Youth Initiative Group means new opportunities for the entire community,” said Ruslan Stanga.
This activity is a part of the project “Sustainable Community Partnerships to Support the Rights of Ethnic Minorities in the Republic of Moldova” implemented by Terre des Hommes Moldova (Tdh), in partnership with the Institute for Rural Initiatives (IRI) with the financial support of the European Union and with the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research of the Republic of Moldova.
More photos from the event can be found on the Facebook page of the Institute for Rural Initiatives: