Young people from Rusestii Noi volunteer to raise funds for a cleaner village
Young people from Rusestii Noi organized a snow-clearing event and shoveled the snow in 20 households of older and lonely persons. The local campaign „LA URAT PE CURAT” (CAROLING IN A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT) provides an opportunity to encourage native persons who migrated to donate for the purchase of a tractor for garbage disposal, snow clearing and road maintenance in their village.
The chairperson of the youth council from Rusestii Noi Andrei Cebotari said, "We help people to shovel away the snow to show to the villagers and those who left home that we can achieve all our goals when we are united. Thus, we urge everyone to donate for the purchase of a tractor that would make the villagers’ life much easier. Also, we thank those who have already donated for this cause”.
The Mayor’s Office supported this young people’s activity. The mayor and young people went to shovel the snow in a horse-drawn sleigh with a message that invited everyone to contribute to the procurement of the tractor through the online fundraising platform. Apart from the shovel, the mayor carried a laptop and showed the local population the amount of financial contributions made by people for the purchase of the tractor, encouraging them or their relatives living away from home to donate.
The mayor of Rusestii Noi Pavel Codreanu says that the locality needs a tractor for garbage disposal, snow clearing and other services. This will save money from the local budget. “The Swiss Government has made a contribution of USD 20 thousand, the Mayor’s Office contributes over USD 3 thousand and natives have already donated about 1000 of the 2000 US dollars needed. It is not enough only to thank those who have already donated. We want to show our gratitude through concrete actions. Those who left and we, who remained in the village, do everything we do with great love for our home”.
Older people have shown to be grateful for young people’s help and welcome such actions. “It’s very difficult during wintertime. Our children went abroad. There is nobody who could come to shovel the snow in our yard, even if we pay, so we are grateful to these young people for coming and removing the snow. If we are united, everything can be done”, one of the older persons said.
The event is part of the With love for HOME campaign, part of which 23 communities from Moldova encourage their natives living away from home to contribute to the development of specific projects in their home communities. The activities planned and carried out by those 23 localities include: snow shoveling in the older people’s yards, carols and winter activities for the community, concerts and get-togethers, awareness raising campaigns, winter festivals etc.
The Migration and Local Development Project (MiDL), implemented by UNDP Moldova with the financial support of the Swiss Government, assists 23 partner localities to conduct fundraising campaigns for local development with the support of about 40,000 natives by funding local projects selected in a transparent manner, including with the diaspora’s vote.