Implemented in 2016:

Socio-Ecological Initiatives:

  1. “Ecological Future” | Team: Ion Gheorghita, Andrei Grosu, Ana Bita, Maria Gheorghita – Soroca & Glodeni districts, and commune Stauceni, Chisinau municipality, Moldova
  2. “Revitalization of the cave “Surpriznaia”” | Team: Victoria Galbur, Natalia Dibolskaia, Dimian Rusnac – Criuleni, Moldova
  3.  “iParc” | Team: Stefan Cretu – village Peresecina, Orhei distict, Moldova
  4. “EcoShift” | Team: Anna Ereshkova, Daria Bogdanova – Bender, Transnistria
  5. “Taking care about what’s important” | Team: Ohksana Garbuz, Maxim Nikolaev, Alexandra Markova – Bender, Transnistria
  6. “Green Community” | Team: Maria Grigorita, Mihail Procopciuc, Sorina Cerneavschi, Vladimir Erhan, Valentina Zagnitco – village Costesti, Ialoveni district, and village Chirileni, Ungheni district, Moldova
  7. “Healing River” | Team: Zaharii Dolomanji – Tvarditsa, Taraclia district, Moldova
  8. “EcoSurvive” | Team: Eduard Kondrea, Alexandr Bezdetnii, Stepan Nikolaev – Bender, Transnistria
  9. “Eco Society” | Team: Elena Arama – Cimislia, Moldova
  10. “MoB (Metamorphosis of Butterfly)” | Team: Dumitrita Jitari – village Falestii Noi, Falesti district, Moldova
  11. “Reward Yourself” | Team: Alina Creciun, Ana Grecu – village Chiscareni, Singerei district, Moldova
  12. “ECOlectare” | Team: Adrian Nacu, Tatiana Bogaci, Valentina Zagnitco, Victoria Zama – Chisinau, Moldova
  13. “Mad Welders in Park” | Team: Tatiana Kalugareanu, Liubovi Zhernovska, Katya Semes – Jmerinka town, Vinnitsa province, Ukraine
  14. “Sustainable Development Goals” | Team: Svitlana Miroshnychenko, Max Kravchenko – Mykolaiv, Ukraine
  15. “Clean Spring” | Team: Irina Popusoi, Artiom Cocerjenco – village Chetrosu, Anenii Noi district, Moldova
  16. “Solar Dryer” | Team: Ivan Rabei, Liliana Botnaru – village Riscova, Criuleni district, Moldova
  17. “Social Video” | Stanislav Barciuc – village Zarojeni, Floresti district of Moldova

Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives:

  1. “Live Green” | Team: Afanasii Blidari, Dumitrita Vataman, Romeo Fagurel, Elena Blidari – Causeni, Moldova
  2. “UleiUș” | Team: Mariana Seremet, Maxim Visileac – vil. Cigirleni and vil. Razeni, Ialoveni district, village Riscova, Criuleni district, Moldova
  3. “DOM art cluster” | Team: Anna Vasina, Ecaterina Verbitskaya, Alexandra Petrash – Chisinau, Moldova
  4. “And I can do it!” | Team: Veronika Shevchenco – Chernivtsi, Ukraine
  5. “Development of the civic society in Transnistria through trainings: An Introductory Lectures Module” | Team: Dmitri Delukov & Olga Snegur – Transnistria
  6. “The Vacation Village: Inauguration of the Vacation Village” | Team: Adriana Buciuscanu, Elena Sirghi – village Vatici, Orhei district, Moldova
  7. “YG Moldova – Tours, Assistance, Research. “Căruța” – Trips with fun and social impact” | Team: Maria Axenti, Dmitri Elnic, Tatiana Obuh, Ana Durlescu – Moldova
  8. “Guguță: Trainings about street safety with kids in schools” | Team: Maria Mogildea, Eva Bunici, Liudmila Zgurean – vil. Zubresti, Straseni district, and Orhei and Chisinau, Moldova

Socio-Ecological Initiatives

“Ecological Future” – providing ecological opportunities for youth from Soroca and Glodeni districts, and commune Stauceni

Team: Ion Gheorghita, Andrei Grosu, Ana Bita, Maria Gheorghita

As beneficiaries of a long-term Training of Trainers course, the “Ecological Future” team was interested in the continuous development of their abilities to lead a training and motivate people to take their future into their own hands. So, their goal was to hold trainings for youth from four localities, help them identify local ecological problems and think about possibilities to contribute to their solution. 

Thus, the team has provided 2 trainings for youth from Glodeni district, 2 trainings for youth from Soroca district, as well as two extra trainings for youth of commune Stauceni, Chisinau municipality. The trainings were complemented with clean-up events, a clothes and plastic bottles recycling workshop, and a movie night. The activities were supported by the administration of hosting schools, local public authorities and Youth Resource Centre “DACIA”. Overall, the project has engaged over 100 young people.  

The founder of the project, Ion, is proud that he’s managed to facilitate so many activities, and plans to go forward with his project, despite the fact that the activEco 2016 cycle has finished – to organize and to support youth initiatives. 

Where: villages Limbenii Vechi and Ustia, Glodeni district; villages Tatarauca Veche and Schineni, Soroca district; commune Stauceni, Chisinau municipality, Moldova

Mentor: Victoria Coroban

“Revitalization of the cave “Surpriznaia”” – awareness raising, improving the infrastructure and protecting bats

Team: Victoria Galbur, Natalia Dibolskaia, Dimian Rusnac

The “Revitalization of the cave “Surpriznaia”” project was born out of passions of all its team members – Victoria, a caver, Dimian, an ecologist and Natalia, a chiropterologist. Their goal is to inform and involve the local population, members of the caving club “ABIS” and students of the State University of Moldova in cleaning the cave, increasing the route security, prevention of spontaneous tourism and protection of local flora and fauna – especially the colonies of rare bats. Thus, they wanted to communicate to every potential visitor of the cave the importance of protection and preservation of this natural object.

The first stage of the project took place on October 2, 2016: the students of the faculty of Biology and Pedology of the State University of Moldova got the opportunity to visit the cave, learn about best practices of the cave tourism, as well as safety and behaviour rules. Moreover, the team has collected and removed 10 sacks of garbage out of the cave and adjacent area. 

You can find more photos here, on the initiative’s page: The promoters of conscious underground tourism of the Republic of Moldova

Where: Criuleni, Moldova

Mentor: Cristian Cernat

“iParc” – involving the community to improve the state of Peresecina park

Team: Stefan Cretu

Sick and tired of the lack of youth initiatives in his community, Stefan decided that something has to be done in order to boost the interest of other young people towards social changes. He has been going to do that through involving them in the improving of the aspect of the local park, currently in a deplorable state. The actions in the framework of the “iParc” project were to include a clean-up, installation of trash bins and benches, and planting an alley of linden trees – so that kids, teenagers, adults and elders have a nice place for games, walks, relaxation and socializing.

The planting event took place on November 25, 2016, when 80 saplings of silver linden (Tilia tomentosa) were planted in Peresecina school park. The planting involved 43 participants – students, teachers and representatives of local authorities. The instruments bought for the planting were afterwards donated to the lyceum. 

However, the initiative continues, as Stefan wanted to enrich the park not only with trees, but also with benches and trash cans. To do that, he had placed the project on the crowdfunding platform Guvern24, where you can find and support it. 

Where: village Peresecina, Orhei district, Moldova

Mentor: Veronica Cazacov

“EcoShift” – shifting the minds of Transnistrian youth

Team: Anna Ereshkova, Daria Bogdanova

Anna and Dasha, authors of the “EcoShift” project, want to improve the life of other young people of their city: direct them towards a more aware, “ecological” lifestyle, “push” them towards understanding that they can change the routine and provide an opportunity to overcome the disparaging attitude towards the environment. 

To do this, in the framework of activEco 2016 and with support of volunteers from the charity foundation “Serdtse”, they organized a series of three events: 

The events were attended by around 100 people, which is a very good result, because the topic of ecology is considered pretty boring in Transnistria and not only, and also few people believe they can actually change something. That is why it is particularly important to share our vision of ecology, where the change starts with each of us, and show how easy it is to make the first steps.

Where: Bender, Transnistria

Mentor: Sofia Sadogurska

“Taking care about what’s important” – planting trees together with children from boarding school

Team: Ohksana Garbuz, Maxim Nikolaev, Alexandra Markova

Upon watching the movie “Home” (2009), Ohksana has become worried about the state of Earth, the speed at which we are moving towards a point of no return. She decided she just has to do something in her native city – and the idea of planting fruit trees in a territory of a local boarding school for orphans with hearing problems was born. Thus, the “Taking care about what’s important” project aimed to make children happier through teaching them to care about the nature and helping them realize their contribution matters, as well as through providing free access to natural vitamins: fruits and berries.

Unfortunately, the boarding school director didn’t allow to plant fruit trees due to several reasons, but other than that, the project was implemented quite successfully. The team has organized several meetings with children – 1) screening of ecological videos & discussions, selection of volunteers interested in planting, 2) screening “The Story of Stuff” and getting to know each other. Finally, the planting event took place on November 27, 2016 – with trees, bushes and flowers provided by a botany specialist, together with instructions how to plant them. 

Overall, the project involved around 35 people – children and their tutors. The following steps include further collaboration with children and monitoring of plants’ development. 

Where: Bender, Transnistria

Mentor: Valeria Horyaeva

“Green Community” – awareness raising and tree-planting initiatives

Team: Maria Grigorita, Mihail Procopciuc, Sorina Cerneavschi, Vladimir Erhan, Valentina Zagnitco

The “Green Community” team brought together people who were passionate about making their communities greener, and who decided to join their forces in one project, despite the distance. Their common goal was to improve the knowledge and awareness of ~100 young people from villages Costesti and Chirileni about global environmental issues, and to promote sustainable approaches to education, work, and life as a whole. As a tangible result, the project aimed to organize local tree-planting initiatives.

Unfortunately, due to limited availability of some members of the team, the project activities have yet taken part only in village Costesti. In September 2016, Maria, Sorina and Valentina organized four ecological sessions with students of 5th-6th grade from lyceum ”Olymp”. The sessions were based on topics such as: Global ecological challenges, local ecological problems of the Costesti villagers, the importance of tree-plating initiatives, etc.

The total number of people reached is 120 pupils and 4 teachers; but the project isn’t over yet, as it will continue with tree planting action on the banks of river Botna, bringing together the pupils who participated in the training sessions, local community members and local authorities.

You can find out more about this on Green Community‘s page on Facebook. 

Where: village Costesti, Ialoveni district, and village Chirileni, Ungheni district, Moldova

Mentors: Gabriela Isac & Eugen Guzun

“Healing River” – step by step clean-up of the Kirghiz-Kitai river

Team: Zaharii Dolomanji

The goal of the “Healing River” project was to involve youth in clean-up of the Kirghiz-Kitai river, under the slogan: “Meter by meter to cleanness”. 

On September 6, 2016, Zaharii held a meeting with pupils of Tvarsitsa lyceum, informing them about his idea and forming a group of volunteers (students of 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grades). Three Fridays in a row – 09.09, 16.09 and 30.09 the young people were coming together to clean the banks and the flow of the river. The local authorities and the organization “Tvardisan” provided them with a tractor and trailers to take the trash away. What’s also impressive is that the volunteers were even reusing gloves and sacks in order to avoid more garbage. 

As a result, about 150 meters of the river, where it passes through the town’s center, were completely cleaned of all types of inorganic waste that had gathered there over the years. 

This way, Zaharii managed not only to improve the ecological state of the river, but also to motivate people to realize positive changes in their environment. The future of their city, and of themselves, lays in their hands, and if even 20 people realize that, and feel the impulse to act, without any external compulsion, that’s already a great progress. 

You can find more photos here.

Where: Tvarditsa, Taraclia district, Moldova

Mentor: Nicolai Kirnev

“EcoSurvive” – an educational survival eco-camp

Team: Eduard Kondrea, Alexandr Bezdetnii, Stepan Nikolaev

The “EcoSurvive” team has set itself a goal to organize a forest survival camp, accompanied with ecological lectures and actions, “infecting” the participants (16-25 years old) with proper attitude towards environment and its capacities.

Thus, with support of association “Oikumena”, which activates in the fields of ecology and tourism in Transnistria, charity foundation “Serdtse” and children’s camp “Iunosti”, which provided camping equipment, the team has organized a three-days hiking trip into the forest near to Bender town. The exposure to hiking experience was complemented with discussions about ecology and active lifestyle as key factors of human existence. The team was also planning to organize a clean-up of the forest on their way, but, surprizingly, they could gather “only about 1,5 bags of garbage”. 

The “EcoSurvive” initiative will probably continue, because the hiking trip has led to appearance of many good ideas that organizers haven’t yet managed to try out. 

Where: Bender, Transnistria

Mentor: Olga Cortac

“Eco Society” – ecological sessions at children’s summer camp in Cimislia

Team: Elena Arama

Through her project, ”Eco Society”, Elena wanted to improve the educational process at the “Izvoraș” summer camp, through complementing it with non-formal education methods. She was set on changing children’s attitude towards environmental problems and raising their awareness about the importance of rational use of resources and minimization of our environmental impact, as well as about the possibilities of doing it. 

The main activity took place on July 27, 2016, and engaged 21 participants from 10 to 15 year old. The event began with a nonformal informative session about ecology, and continued with an workshop on ecobags personalization. The ecobags were created by Elena herself, who has learned to sew them for the sake of her project. The activity was supported by the teams of initiative ”Torbesc”, enterprise ”Dulce Plai” и another activEco 2016 project ”Social Video”.

Where: children’s summer camp „Izvoras”, village Zloti, Cimislia district, Moldova

Mentors: Veronica Cazacov and Ecaterina Tarus

“MoB” (Metamorphosis of Butterfly) – youth development in vil. Falestii Noi

Team: Dumitrita Jitari

Dumitrita, author of the project ”MoB”Metamorphosis of Butterfly, thought it was ridiculous that young people from her village, Falestii Noi, have gained several places at republican contests, including ecological ones, but didn’t have a possibility to get involved in volunteering, did not possess knowledge about local ecological situation and did not invest their knowledge and time in environmental activities. So, the goal of the project consisted in motivating teenagers, aged 12-17, to actively participate in development of their locality and in promotion of healthy lifestyle. For that, a whole series of events was organized: 

  • 22.07.16 – training “Impulse” with a trainer from Youth Resource Centre “DACIA” and participant activEco-2016, Ion Gheorghița. During this training, the “participants discussed volunteering, compared the environmental situation in Soroca (from where Ion was coming) and Falestil; at the same time, the MoB” team was created and consolidated.
  • 04.08.16 – training on the topic “Human impact on the nature”. The students expressed their vision about environment, spoke about local ecological problems and their possible solutions. 
  • 20.08.16 – training with Mihail Procopciuc, a young teacher and an activEco 2016 participant. Studying and comparing the ecological situation on the global level and in Moldova.  
  • 04.09.16 – movie afternoon + presenting the results of participants’ activities and their plans for the nearby future. 
  • 09.09.16 – forest activities: teenagers explored the state of the environment through various strategic games and evaluated the negative impact of ecological problems on themselves.
  • 30.09.16 – training conducted by an ecological expert, Elena Panainti – participants learned about methods of planting various plant species, and planted some roses. 
  • 02.10.16 – discussing the results of the project and using recycled materials to create a vision of the village.

Overall, the project engaged 35 participants, ~250 pupils that were involved in their activities, and ~60 people who learned about all of this during movie afternoon.

Unfortunately, some of the project ideas, such as collaboration with local authorities and entrepreneurs, didn’t go as planned. However, nobody can contest the current result – a strong team of teenagers that are eager to meet and collaborate, and already organize – on their own! – activities in their school and beyond: ecology day, clean-ups, movie nights, etc. 

Where: village Falestii Noi, Falesti district, Moldova

Mentor: Maria Tarigradean

“Reward Yourself” – home-made chocolate in vil. Chiscareni

Team: Alina Creciun, Ana Grecu

Alina thought it’s a shame that a lot of people consume products, knowing nothing about their producing, packaging and ingredients that they contain – while almost all the food we buy from supermarket could be prepared by ourselves, including ingredients that every kitchen has. In the framework of her project, “Reward Yourself”, she was going to teach people to produce natural chocolate in home conditions – starting with children and teenagers, and reaching out to their friends and families. Thus, she wanted to spread the idea of using and consuming natural food, because we do deserve a healthier mode of life, and so should reward ourselves with better food.

The project itself consisted of two natural chocolate production workshops:

  • 21.09.16 – with 21 children (4-6 years old) at the the “Ingeras” kindergarten – watching a cartoon about chocolate production in factories, mixing the ingredients – cacao, cacao butter, carob and honey, – playing, degustation;
  • 25.09.16 – with 16 teenagers (16-18 years old): also chocolate production and degustation, but also discussions about sustainability, the impact of healthy food on our life, and about the ways through which they could contribute to the improvement of the human lifestyle.

Overall, the project has directly engaged about 55 people. However, the team thinks the interaction with kids was the most important one – for changing the general mindset, it is crucial that even small children know that you can satisfy your desire for sweet things with natural delicacies that anyone can easily cook at home. Thus, they are definitely planning on continuing the initiative, because it unites their skills and passion and turns those into a solution to one of people’s daily problems.

You can find more about the project here: “Workshop on natural chocolate preparation with kids at the kindergarten” (in Romanian). 

Where: village Chiscareni, Singerei district, Moldova

Mentor: Rita Cerneavschi

“ECOlectare” – selective waste management in organizations of Chisinau

Team: Adrian Nacu, Tatiana Bogaci, Valentina Zagnitco, Victoria Zama

The enthusiastic team of the ”ECOlectare” (”ECOlectures”) project decided to raise the level of awareness about the waste management problem, and to encourage selective collection and recycling. To do that, they came up with the idea of producing handmade waste containers from the recyclable materials they would then be used to collect – plastic, paper and aluminium cans. 

The ECOlectare team has contacted various people, companies and organizations that supported the initiative with ideas, resources and materials; the fact that allowed them to implement their idea without any financial resources. The project activities culminated in a workshop, where a team of young volunteers produced three creative waste containers. Afterwards, the containers were installed in the Generator Hub coworking space, whose team has proved itself interested in such initiatives.

In the future, the team plans to continue the ECOlectare movement through promoting the selective collection and recycling concept through their Facebook page – ECOlectare, – and through providing consulting and practical support in organizing the selective collection process for other organizations and institutions. 

Where: Chisinau, Moldova

Mentor: Olga Disli

“Mad Welders in Park” – a sculpture from recycled materials in Jmerinka

Team: Tatiana Kalugareanu, Liubovi Zhernovska, Katya Semes

“Mad Welders in Park” is a project about engaging the people of Jmerinka town, attracting their attention to the local park, and producing and installing there a sculpture made of recycled materials. Thus, the team wanted to raise the popularity of the park, promote contemporary art and the idea of rational use of resources.

The project activities, supported by the Center of Civic Actions “Result” and Association “Unique Country”, included: an informational session with 20 town activists; creation of an initiative group (project team, activists and welders); a scrap metal collection campaign (resulting in more than 10 kilos of materials) and a questionnare for the park visitors. Finally, at the beginning of October, the ecosculpture – a fish created by welders out of scrap metal – was installed by the lake, and inspired locals even organized a clean-up activity in the park. But what’s most important is that Jmerinka’s residents realized they can and should care about their recreation places, and that there is a lot of potential in recycled materials. 

Where: Jmerinka town, Vinnitsa province, Ukraine

Mentor: Iurie Nuca

“Sustainable Development Goals” – raising awareness about SDGs and how to tackle them locally in Mykolaiv and Kherson

Team: Svitlana Miroshnychenko & Max Kravchenko

As the name of their project, “Sustainable Development Goals” suggests, Svitlana and Max wanted to make people more aware about global problems, and about what they can change in their minds and behaviour in order to tackle those global problems at the local level.

To do that, they organized an eco-training for 17 young people of Mykolaiv and Kherson, which took place on September 11th in the library “M. L. Kropyvnytskyi”, Mykolaiv. The participants could take part in one of the World Cafe working groups – either on responsible consumption or on climate action. The responsible consumption group was thinking about the lifestyle of a sea, a forest, or an animal, and then comparing it to their own, and formulating the concept of responsible consumption. At the same time, the climate action group was talking about causes of climate change and calculating their ecological footprint. And all together, they created an Action Plan on what they could do in their daily life to lessen their negative impact on the environment. 

Where: Mykolaiv, Ukraine

Mentor: Lilia Tkachuk

“Clean Spring” – ennobling the spring, cleaning the lake and planting trees in village Chetrosu

Team: Irina Popusoi, Artiom Cocerjenco

The project “Clean Spring” (orig. “Izvorul curat”)had a mission to raise people’s awareness about the importance of water resources – through improving the ecological situation in village Chetrosu, Anenii Noi district. For that, the team has planned a series of events: 1) 26.08.16 – ennobiling the water spring; 2) 01.10.16 – clean-up by the lake; 3) October – clean-up in the commune; 4) November-December 2016 – tree planting event.

Results by the middle of October 2016: 53 people engaged; the water spring has been ennobled; the banks of the lake are much cleaner; the villagers are more motivated to take part in ecological actions; local authorities are actively supporting the initiative and researching the sources of environmental pollution in Chetrosu; over 100 trees are going to be planted; and the project provoked environmental activities in adjacent villages as well. 

Moreover, the team is interested in transforming their initiative into a nongovernmental organization, which would continue to attract people’s attention towards the problems of water resources in Moldova, as well as gather synergy for their solution. 

You can find out more at Izvorul Curat Fb page.

Where: village Chetrosu, Anenii Noi district, Moldova

Mentor: Inna Gordeeva

“Solar Dryer” – hands-on promotion of renewable energies

Team: Ivan Rabei, Liliana Botnaru

Passionate about renewables, energy efficiency and robotics, Ivan was interested in showing people that renewable energy conversion mechanisms (like solar concentrators or solar dryers) can be really simple to make, very useful in economical terms and very affordable. Through the “Solar Dryer” project he wanted to encourage people to use renewables by providing them with a real example – by demonstrating how to build and use a solar fruit & vegetables dryer.

On September 24, 2016, with support from Eco-Village Moldova, Ivan held a solar drying workshop in village Riscova, teaching around 20 people about benefits and uses of solar dryers, as well as how to build one. 

This experience – with its highlights and challenges – is now being used for other solar drying workshops, and thus, with fun, step by step, Ivan and Eco-Village Moldova are going forward in implementing and promoting simple solutions of using renewables.

Where: vil. Riscova, Criuleni district, Moldova

Mentor: Victor Bujoreanu

“Social Video” – a video showing how activEco participants change the life of their region

Team: Stanislav Barciuc

Stanislav considers that Moldovan society isn’t quite informed about existence of activEco program and EcoVisio association, about the fact that tens of young people are attempting to change the future of their country, their own future and the future of their children for the better – and do it. So, he decided he must visit every other activEco-2016 project, film them and make a few thematic videos, which will be promoted through internet, TV and other available methods. Thus, the “Social Video” project would increase the visibility of activEco projects and contribute to improving the ecological situation in the country, motivating the society to be more conscious about their environment.

The project is still in the process of implementation. 

Where:vil. Zarojeni, Floresti district of Moldova

Mentor: Inna Gordeeva

Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives

“Live Green” – greening buildings in Causeni with designed live panels

Team: Afanasii Blidari, Dumitrita Vataman, Romeo Fagurel, Elena Blidari

Big entrepreneurial idea: improving the acoustic insulation and aesthetic aspect of residential buildings in cities, as well as contributing to increase of oxygen level and reduction of CO2 level, all through creation and installation of green panels, and forming a community of people interested in green/ edible panels.

First-step project: “Live Green”– installing five live green panels in two localities in between August – October 2016, as well as ecological sessions in educational institutions. Goal – promoting the idea of greening buildings and testing practical aspects of the idea (identification of appropriate plants, development of the irrigation system, etc.).

Unfortunately, various factors prevented the project from being realized. 

Where: Causeni, Moldova

Mentor: Alexander Iscenco

“UleiUș” – connecting farmers and consumers over natural oils and other healthy products

Team: Mariana Seremet, Maxim Visileac

Big entrepreneurial idea: establishing a connection between rural producers and urban consumers, thus contributing to the improvement and diversification of agricultural potential of small farmers and ensuring them with additional profit; providing consumers with qualitative, local, affordable and extremely nutritional products. 

First-step project: the initiative “UleiUs” was designed in order to raise awareness about a healthy lifestyle based on local products; fundraising for acquisition of an oil press for producing natural oils from agricultural “waste” – seeds and stones; production and distribution of homemade natural, cold-pressed oils. 

On August 21, 2016, in collaboration with Eco-Village Moldova, activEco alumni and other friends, the UleiUs team organized an organic cooking workshop in village Riscova. The event was aimed on evaluating public’s interest (degustation of 8 types of oils brought from abroad), getting suggestions and gathering funds for the oil press.

Results: 45 people engaged directly; promotion of the project’s idea; fundraising; acquisition of the oil press and testing the process of production of local oils.

You can find out more about all of this on the event’s page on Facebook, or on the page of Mariana’s NGO: ”Grădina Moldovei”.

Where: vil. Cigirleni, vil. Razeni, Ialoveni district, and vil. Riscova, Criuleni district, Moldova

Mentor: Bartosz Gawarecki

“DOM art cluster” – social & cultural space for art and recreation

Team: Anna Vasina, Ecaterina Verbitskaya, Alexandra Petrash

Big entrepreneurial idea: Inspired by examples of places like “Cuib” (Iasi), “Scart loc lejer” and “Ambasada” (Timisoara), “Urban Space” (Ivano-Frankivsk), “SamoSad” (Kiev), the team has decided to create an art cluster of their own – DOM, a space where creative and socially active people could meet, discuss their ideas, hold various events, relax and enjoy themselves.

First-step project: on September 17, 2016, the DOM art cluster team, together with Association Oberliht, organized in the central park of Chisinau, in front of the cafe “Guguta”, a Fair of Social / Cultural / Urban / Eco Initiatives, presentations of social and cultural projects in the Pecha Kucha format, a collage workshop with the topic “Chisinau. How I see it”, degustations and a musical evening. Besides, the team held a survey in order to find out the real needs of its target group.

The event was attended by about 50 people, who, as well as the organizers, liked the by the relaxing atmosphere of the event, the possibility to network, learn about initiatives and projects aimed to develop Moldova’s society, tell about their own ideas, create collages, dance and savour different natural snacks. 

Anna, Ecaterina and Alexandra are very happy with these achievements and are inspired to continue their work on creating the art cluster. 

You can find out more about this initiative on its Facebook page: DOM art cluster

Where: Chisinau, Moldova

Mentor: Andrei Patraman

“And I can do it!” – a charity ceramics workshop in Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Team: Veronika Shevchenco, Marina Potrijna

Big entrepreneurial idea: “And I can do it!”, with a goal of creating a network of ceramics’ and art-workshops all over Ukraine, specifically for people with disabilities. These workshops would be based on the specialized centers that work with such people, and provide a place for them to learn painting and ceramics, as well as to earn money. The resulting products – postcards, notebooks, cups, plates, jewelry, etc. – would be sold through an online shop. Apart from the individual benefit, the initiative would also raise the issue of people with disabilities and the challenges that they face in the society. 

First-step project: the pilot version of the “And I can do it!”wouldinclude a series of workshops on panting and ceramics, which should result in producing painted tiles with project’s logo to be placed in popular places of the regional centers of Ukraine. The goal of the project was to promote the initiative and attract the attention of possible beneficiaries.

Due to various factors, the scale of the project changed, but it took place nevertheless. On July 30, 2016, in Cernivtsi town there was a marathon of charity workshops WarmArt, organized by NGO “The Volunteering Movement of Bukovina”. Veronica took part in it with her ceramics workshop for kids, with a goal to collect some funds for new hospital equipment. The workshop was attended by about 20 people. 

Veronica says that, of course, such activities ought to be regular. But until she can manage it, this short experience was also a positive one. The kids had fun and acquired new skills, and the organizer got good memories and extra motivation to continue working in this field.  

Where: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

“Development of the civic society in Transnistria through trainings: An Introductory Lectures Module”

Team: Dmitrii Delukov, Olga Snegur

Big entrepreneurial idea: “Development of the civic society in Transnistria through trainings”. The team, working in the framework of NGO “Socton”, has set itself a goal to support their fellow youth of Transnistria in development of personal qualities that will help them to build their own future, and also to care not only about themselves, but also about the others and the surrounding world. To do that, they decided to organize trainings focused on self-development (topics like leadership, communication, coordination), as well as lectures about health and environmental protection. 

First-step project: “An Introductory Lectures Module” – facilitating communication among local NGOs (“Apriori”, “Healthy Future”, ecological club “Oikumena”), and organizing three lectures on important issues; each event was to be followed by a questionnaire that would help the team evaluate the needs of youth and better plan their future activities.

Due to various reasons, the team organized just one event – “Alternative sources of energy” – that took place on September 8, 2016, in school №13, Bender town. Overall, the project has involved directly about 30 people, and reached out to several hundreds. 

Dmitrii considers that such results are already positive, as the title of the project itself – “An Introductory Lectures Module” – implies that the project was meant to acquaint other organizations and beneficiaries with future activities of “Socton”, and, like an indicator, pinpoint the things that have to be improved.

You can find more about the project on Socton‘s page on Facebook.

Where: Transnistria

Mentor: Olga Boiko

“The Vacation Village: Inauguration of the Vacation Village” – new touristic destination at vil. Vatici, Orhei district

Team: Adriana Buciuscanu, Elena Sirghi

Big entrepreneurial idea: Adriana considers that one of the most beautiful touristic routes of Moldova, Curchi – Tabara, is in the severe lack of a place where people could rest and spend their free time, the fact that results in reduced economic opportunities. So, she has come up with an initiative called “The Vacation Village”, having a goal to create a complex of small rural guesthouses based on the households of village Vatici, which would result in new jobs for the villagers and the opportunity for tourist to experience, truly, the rural life.

First-step project: ”Inauguration of the Vacation Village” – implied organization of an event of interaction between the villagers from Vatici and neighbouring localities; identification and development of three households that are interested in providing touristic services starting from September 2016; and promotion of national traditions through various workshops. Thus, the team planned to test and demonstrate to the others the potential hidden in this community.  

The inauguration ceremony of the Vacation Village Vatici took place on September 25, 2016, in the center of the village. It was a fair held in collaboration with local authorities and gymnasium. The pupils, accompanied by their professors, were selling fruits, vegetables, baked goods, honey and various handmade articles. 

Results: around 90 people involved; 5,000 MDL gathered (the Student Council decided to use them for development of the school yard, including by adding new sports equimpent). The project partners – Vatici Museum, guesthouse “Vatra Stramoseasca” and Vatici Gymnasium have proved themselves capable of attracting and serving tourists.

Where: vil. Vatici, Orhei district, Moldova

Mentor: Irina Pompush-Mura

“YG Moldova – Tours, Assistance, Research. “Căruța” – Trips with fun and social impact”

Team: Maria Axenti, Dmitri Elnic, Tatiana Obuh, Ana Durlescu

Big entrepreneurial idea: through their initiative, Your Guide Moldova, Maria and her team want to introduce Moldova to the foreigners, on the one hand, and offer opportunities for development for local people, on the other one, by providing services to foreigners. It is not a touristic company, but more of a bridge between locals and foreigners so that all parts gain.

First-step project: “Căruța” (Moldovan “telega”) is a minimized testing version of one of the activities the YG Moldova will be undertaking. The team says: “Within the “Căruța” Project we organize trips to experience the real Moldovan traditional life. We will learn from hardworking people in villages to cook plăcinte and to knit baskets, we will taste natural honey, delicious homemade wine and many more! These trips will be full of fun and not only. We will support local communities to preserve traditional activities and earn income by providing services. Join our “Căruța” for trips with fun and social impact!”

The project had three main goals: 

1) to develop a database of locations and partners – up to October 2016, the team has identified 40 destinations;

2) to test five locations – done in July – August: Oxentea, Palanca and Raciula, Vatici, Cioresti and Gagauzia;

3) to organize three open-call trips to three different locations. Due to several reasons only one trip took place, on August 20, 2016: a visit to Donici and Vatici villages. And those 8 tourists who went into this trip didn’t regret it: the program included a visit to Donici Museum, to Curchi monastery and to the guesthouse “Vatra Stramoseasca”, traditional lunch, a master-class on weaving baskets, a ride in the traditional carriage (caruta!) and learning a Moldovan song. Yet another surprise were postcards from the Caruta project. 

The overall number of people reached was about 650.  

You can find more about YG Moldova and “Căruța” on their website or Fb page.

Where: all over Moldova

Mentor: Katrina Broughman

“Guguță: Trainings about street safety with kids in schools”

Team: Maria Mogildea, Eva Bunici, Liudmila Zgurean

Big entrepreneurial idea: According to (portal of General Inspectorate of Police, Moldova), 29% of the car accidents that include pedestrians are due to reduced visibility. To tackle this problem, the initiative “Guguță” was born, focused on creation of reflective clothing accessories in order to improve people’s street safety. In collaboration with Mara Woman, they are currently producing hats with reflective pompoms that are subtle during the day, but highly visible at night, when any light shines on them – up to 70 m.

You can find more about it at the ”Guguță” Facebook page.

First-step project: “Trainings about street safety with kids in schools”, that took place in between September 21-26, 2016, in three schools in three different localities: vil. Zubresti, and cities Orhei (school “I.L. Caragiale”) and Chisinau (Lyceum “Orizont”), in cooperation with the National Inspectorate Patrol.

As a result, about 570 children, from 2nd to 5th grade, learned about how to protect themselves in a street – both through knowing the safety rules and respecting them, and through applying innovative solutions such as reflective accessories. Every lesson was composed of two parts: the problem, where an expert was talking about the traffic rules, and the second part – the cute solution, where one of the team members was presenting the reflective accessories and Guguta. At the end of each class every kid has received a test in order to observe the improvement of their knowledge; 76% of the kids gave correct answers to the test.

The team would love to keep this initiative going, and expanding it to the national level, or at least cover as many cities and districts as they can. Meanwhile, three school directors got in touch with the National Inspectorate Patrol, planning on organizing similar activities in their schools in the future. Two teachers planned on applying to a teaching competition, where they have to teach other kids traffic rules.

Where: vil. Zubresti, Straseni district, Orhei and Chisinau, Moldova

Mentor: Christie Johnson