23 localities will enjoy better communal services as result of migrants’ involvementJun 23, 2017
Over 200 thousand persons from 23 localities will benefit from projects aiming to improve local infrastructure and bring better living conditions, initiative that became possible thanks to migrants’ engagement. So, over 792 thousand USD are invested by 18 villages and 5 cities. Out of this amount, approx. 118.6 thousand USD represent migrants’ donations, collected via Guvern24 crowdfunding platform.
Approx. 214 thousand USD were provided by local authorities, and 460 thousand USD – by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in Moldova, in the framework of the Migration and Local Development Project (MiDL), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Moldova.
23 projects were selected on a participatory basis, following large consultations with local population and migrants living abroad. To ensure transparency, local authorities actively inform the community about each stage of funds’ disbursement, via social networks, live sessions, informative panels, press releases.
Therefore, these 23 communities shall benefit from better water supply, waste management, road maintenance, sports and recreation, street lightening services.
“These projects implemented with support from migrants and local authorities are a first example that things can be changed at home. Most of the communities are at an advanced stage of local projects’ implementation. Today we start the Campaign ”Growing our Home with Love” to show the power to change of people when they are united for a joint cause for home with love”, says Olesea Cazacu, Migration and Local Development Project Manager.
In Gura Galbenei village, Cimislia, thanks to 7.8 thousand USD mobilized from migrants, 1.2 km of road is being repaired. “This is an important sector for the village, where approx. 1,120 persons live. This road is impossible to be used, especially during winter. Not even the ambulance can reach persons in need residing in this area. Moreover, about 70 children attending the kindergarten on this street, were also affected. We are extremely grateful to each our migrant for contributing to a better life of the ones remaining home”, notes Victor Stina, Mayor of Gura Galbenei.
In Selemet, Cimislia, an ecological market will be built, coming to substitute the existent improvised one, where up to now, farmers from the village and neighborhood sell their products, including milk and meat, on the street, over a 1 km length road. Despite precarious conditions, it is the only income sources for many.
“The ecological market will host smoked products, milk and meat producers, who will have the chance to commercialize their products in adequate sanitary conditions. Also, the area of the market will be properly designed, endowed and fenced. The commercial object has all utilities ensured and will generate additional incomes for farmers”, says Tatiana Badan, mayor of Selemet.
The 23 localities beneficiaries of the Migration and Local Development Project were selected on competitive basis in 2015.
Note for editors: “Growing our Home with Love” shall continue:
- On June 24: with the launching event “Dance of lights” in Scoreni village (Straseni) where after 20 years, for the first time the main streets in the village will be lightened;
- On June 30: with the event “Ialoveni high”, to launch several services (repairing and changing of street lamps, placing of high banners, high works at public institutions, cleaning and disinfection of trees etc.) offered to the city with the auto truck for high interventions, procured with migrants’ support;
- On July 5: with the event “Good water for home village” with the launch of a waterpipe segment in the Slobozia Mare village;
- Each week of August shall be dedicated to launching such projects in different areas of the country.
Tatiana Solonari, Communication Officer, Migration and Local Development Project (MiDL), firstname.lastname@example.org, tel: 022-820-840; 069377215.