Our Stories

  • A hospital where patients get well faster
    May 25, 2015

    There’s no reason for joy when one ends up in a hospital, much less if that hospital is delapidated. Unfortunately, this is how most hospitals in Moldova look: the buildings are old and in dire need of repair, the bathrooms are miserable, and the wards have walls with the paint coming off. The Rybnita hospital in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova was no exception.

  • Away from home, but volunteers
    Dec 5, 2016

    According to official estimates, more than a quarter of the workforce of Moldova currently lives and works abroad. Although migrants are a major source of income for the domestic economy, it is considered that massive exodus of people hinders the overall development of the country, and rural communities in particular.

  • Biomass fuel brings jobs and energy independence to Moldova
    May 5, 2013

    The kindergarten in the village of Ermoclia has declared its independence — energy independence, that is. Instead of struggling to keep students warm with expensive imported gas, the kindergarten now heats up with locally produced biomass fuels.

  • Career Development Centres help unemployed to find a job
    May 8, 2013

    Two more Career Development Centre that will train qualified unemployed people, Moldovan emigrants who returned to the country and graduates to get a job in the Republic of Moldova, were launched in Balti and Comrat this spring.

  • Community-led development means better quality of life
    May 5, 2013

    For the first time in 20 years, 76 year-old Mihai Druta does not have to carry water 1.5 kilometres to his house. The rancid smell of the household garbage no longer fills his lungs. His back bent with age seems to have become a little straightened. He now has water in his home, sewerage, and garbage is collected regularly in his neighbourhood.

  • Confidence brings changes for better in Moldova
    Jun 6, 2013

    Natalia Podolean works hard to be able to bring up her son. For the sake of her 10 year-old boy she came to “Apriori” Centre, a nongovernmental organization in Tiraspol, which with UNDP-EU support provides free legal and psychosocial counseling to vulnerable persons from the eastern region of the Republic of Moldova, the so-called Transnistrian region.

  • Cultivating climate resilience in Moldova
    Jan 18, 2016

    For Vasile Baciu, a farmer from Sadaclia village located in the southern part of the Republic of Moldova, the best part of 2015 was receiving a grant from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of the Republic of Austria UNDP-supported project to purchase advanced farming equipment and receive training in climate-resilient farming practices.

  • Green energy creates new opportunities for women
    May 8, 2013

    Overwhelmed by daily chores, having to cope with the challenges of being a mother of twochildren and an excellent wife, Ludmila Abramciuc from the town of Balti in Moldova, leaves everyone in awe when she announces that since 2008 she finds time and energy to manage a biomass briquette production company.

  • Helping patients with disabilities in Moldova fight for their rights
    Jan 4, 2016

    After a fight with her husband in 2002, Maria* was misdiagnosed and admitted to the psychiatric ward of her local hospital. She appealed several times against hospitalization, requesting to be released. Declared by the state to be unstable and in need of guardian consent, her requests were repeatedly refused. She was also deprived of legal representation and her marriage was subsequently dissolved without her knowledge.

  • In Moldova, a woman mayor is breaking stereotypes
    Mar 9, 2016

    At 31, Aliona Chircu is one of the youngest mayors in Moldova.