Bewteen April 19-20, 2013 the IRI team visited the democracy clubs in the village of Gribova (Drochia rayon, north of Moldova) and village of Minjir (Hincesti rayon, center of Moldova).
These two clubs are supported logistically and financiarily by the Institute for Rural Initiatives as a part of its Social Inclusion Program. This program offers extra-curricular activities for about 40 kids and is meant at growing inclusion for kids coming from different ethnic backgrounds with a special focus on the inclusion of Roma kids.
The kids of the two democracy clubs demonstrated skillfully their knowledges in such fields as democracy, human rights, community life, and civic responsibility. They were able to easily answer IRI questions on the subjects they have been studing in the last six months.
Kids from Gribova and Minjir did not seem to be embarrassed by IRI presence at their acivities. On the contrary, they addressed questions and even made a couple of proposals for the future. One of the biggest requests was that all kids from the three democracy clubs in Hincesti, Drochia and Cahul, which the Institute for Rural Initiatives administers in Moldova, meet together for an exchange activity. The kids from the three villages never had the chance to meet their colleagues from the other similar democracy club because of the distance barrier, as more than 170 km distance separates each of the three clubs.
This activity is a part of the IRI Social Inclusion program 2012-2013 realized in partnership with IRI local partners and with the financial support of the Global Fund for Children, Washington, D.C. It is to be mentioned that the first Democracy Club in Moldova was founded by the Institute for Rural Initiatives (formerly Ograda Noastra) with the continuous support of the USA Embassy in Moldova, Chisinau.