Bristol, United Kingdom, September 01, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- A group of 16 volunteers have just returned from Moldova, the poorest country in Eastern Europe, where they spent 10 days working on an intensive building project to benefit people living in extreme poverty. The trip was the first of its kind to be organised by Bristol charity The Moldova Project, which was set up in 2008 with the aim of improving living conditions in the country’s poorest villages and orphanages. The volunteers worked with families to improve their houses as well as visiting an orphanage, creating the first playroom in the village and running a summer camp for disadvantaged children.
The group travelled to the village of Bobeica near Chisinau, Moldova’s capital, and were shocked to see the extent of the deprivation that people are faced with there. Laurence Morton, a volunteer on the trip, explains: “When the work was tough we were always spurred on to improve the dangerous and unsanitary conditions endured by the families. The bedding we saw was often covered in flies and situated in an exposed and cramped area". Despite having little experience of DIY, the team, aged between 20 and 59, were eager to get involved in a variety of activities to improve the house of families supported by The Moldova Project. From painting to plastering and making cement they worked with the families to build relationships and improve lives. Although they had extreme heat and limited tools to contend with, the enthusiasm and determination of all of the volunteers enabled them to achieve a massive amount of work in a short space of time. The money for the trip had been raised through a variety of fundraising activities, such as a 160-mile walk down the river Thames.
Many people living in the village of Bobeica had never seen someone from another country before, and it was therefore very important that the volunteers established good relationships with the villagers. The British ambassador in Moldova, Keith Shannon, praised the team’s efforts, and said "British volunteers make a notable contribution to community and social development in Moldova and to the strengthening of relations between the people of our two countries."
The Moldova Project are delighted with the success of the trip and hope that this be the beginning of a long relationship with the people of Bobeica. More information about the charity and the building project can be found on our website, www.themoldovaproject.com.
Contact: Emma Watson