It is evening in Moldova, around 8 p.m. One can say that the sun has hesitated to set. Probably, it decided to enjoy more of the murmur of Dezghingea village. Parents and children walk holding hands, grandparents watch them, leaning on their canes, and the young ones cannot wait to hang out on the streets. Village’s roads are in plain sight and future looks bright.
Until recently, dark was the word to describe Dezghincea at night, with a small light spot in the center of the village, but the old system was often non-functional. Women and men were reluctant to walk in the dark.
Now, people of Dezghingea, a village in the Gagauzia region, are no longer afraid to leave their houses in the dark, as 80% of the local streets are now well-lighted, thanks to a project funded by the European Union through the “Support for agriculture and rural development in ATU Gagauzia and Taraclia Raion” (SARD) Programme, implemented by the UNDP.
People say they feel much safer and their village is full of life up until very late.
In plain sight, people are no longer afraid
Dora Sarbu, 69, has spent most of her life time in the village, but cannot remember having lightened streets. “What I do I remember is feeling bad and calling for the ambulance, and then asking neighbors to go out to meet the doctors, to guide them in the darkness.”