Moldovan Network of Rural Volunteering Centers
In 2003, an exceptional situation was declared in the Vorniceni village, Republic of Moldova, because 75 cases of Hepatitis A were identified at the Ion Inculet Lyceum.
This situation motivated the creation of a first step towards solving the problem: creating The Moldovan Network of Rural Volunteering Centers for Water (MNRVCW).
The MNRVCW will make an important contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, in all of which water plays a crucial role.
The crisis of poor drinking water is a present day problem, especially for the Republic of Moldova, mostly for the rural localities, which represent more than half the country’s population. Only 17 of these have aqueducts, 67% of which are in a miserable condition and don’t comply with hygiene standards. The population in the rest of the rural localities obtain their water supply from wells and springs, the majority of which are polluted with pathological bacteria.
The MNRVCW Mission aims at expanding its activities including other villages, countries on local, regional, national, European and International level.
Therefore, NGO "TERRA-1530" is asking you to spread the word that we are looking for partners in our efforts to expand our activities, including, for example, volunteer’s exchange.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
One of the most pressing problems of the Moldovan society at the moment, especially of the rural society is the absence of the access to information or limited access to the public information. While the price of subscriptions to periodicals is very high for the majority of the village people, and the Radio and TV are at the disposal of the power, the population from the rural regions stays uninformed about different fields of general interest. And this way they the rural people can be easily manipulated by those who have the monopoly on the informational market.
Editing some special supplements to the “Adevărul” (Truth) publication, the topics of which will be fundamental rights and freedoms of the human. The ways of benefiting of these rights will be highlighted; we will assure the public participation at the decision-making process; the third sector strengthening, rural women life, civic education, ethnic and political harmony – all these will be issues for the “Adevărul”
Dependable plan, due to well thought out efforts and the necessary logistic means, and the multilateral information of all the social levels, inclusive of vulnerable and marginalized groups. In fact, at the moment, the majority of the village people can be treated from this very perspective.
The information will be effectuated via the following directions/objectives:
- Informing on the actions decided by the Central Public Authorities;
- Informing on the actions decided by the Local Public Authorities;
- Initiating an interactive dialogue between the decision makers and the citizens, according the priority of those who can not gain access to the “Chiefs” offices;
- Informing on the actions that can be undertaken by each rural citizen.
Concrete measures will be undertaken to enable the citizens of the villages to be involved in the actions, which will lead to awareness that the political, economical, and social situation depends on the real participation of each village's inhabitants at respective localities, and that their voices matter.
The villages' populations are not homogeneous so the various social groups have been identified - groups that have a similar way of thinking and appreciating the decisions taken by the authorities. These groups are:
- The youngsters that are unsure, neglected in the labour sphere, and do not have an immediate perspective;
- Old people that have a sense of hopelessness and are ready to elect anyone that promises a symbolic rise to the symbolic pension;
- The village intellectuals (professors, engineers, agronomists, doctors).
A multi-stakeholder process led to the implementation of 4 demonstration projects in 4 localities along the Bucovati tributary: Dolna, Micleuseni, Lozova and Vorniceni, in close cooperation with the local population, local authorities and youth.
16,000 seedlings have been planted along 32 km of the Bucovati stream by over 100 volunteers.
The strategy for sustainable development of the Bucovat Stream for 2010-2020 has been approved by the local authorities.
Exchange of experience with project partners from Berejani, Ukraine took place.
Awareness raising and involvement of youth was an important part of the project.
Sustainability is guaranteed by the involvement of the local people and follow up projects by the authorities taking care of the plantations.
The rural inhabitants’ access to qualitative drinking water can’t be presently satisfied because of the low income level (20-25 USD for person per month) and also because of lack of money in the local and state budget. Critical financial resources are needed, and they can only be offered by international financial organizations and by donor country governments.
2. The right to information is fundamental, and limiting it, or even enclosing it, is an infraction of human rights. Even if it is not declared by the official institutions, this is the situation of the majority of the rural localities in the Republic of Moldova. But in a society that is not informed, the public authorities can easily camouflage the inactivity of the authorities, and even the activist actions, in most cases.