UNDP Moldova Helps People from Two Communities to get Access to Transportation

As a result of reparations of the road which connects Floritoaia Veche and Grozasca communities (Ungheni rayon), a new bus line was opened. Now, approximately 1300 people from Floritoaia Noua and Grozasca could benefit from public transportation. Before that they had to walk more than 5 km to Floritoaia Veche – the closest locality where they could take a bus to the rayon centre.

The reparation of the road is one of a range of activities organised by the Floritoaia Veche mayoralty in co-operation with UNDP Integrated Local Development Programme. All the works were done by the people from the three communities and remunerated by the UNDP Moldova. This remuneration constituted a partial compensation of the losses caused by the last summer drought. The mayoralty got an amount of 273,000 lei from UNDP Moldova, contributing itself with 15 percent as materials of construction or other non-financial contributions. 261 people participated to the works in these three localities.

“Until now, the villages Floritoaia Noua and Grozasca were places forgotten by God, with impassable roads and no access – says Floritoaia Veche Mayor Margarita Baban. In rainy days, the villages were completely cut from the rest of the world. Today, with the help of UNDP Moldova, we succeeded to mobilize and to put bedrock to our future. Everyone knows that there is no economical development without roads.”

Moreover, people from Floritoaia Noua renovated the building and the fence of the local stadium, and liquidated a number of unauthorised dumps in in Floritoaia Veche and near the forest on a portion of 3 km. Also, people from this village prepared the territory for a new stadium, from which more than 1,000 young people will benefit.

Floritoaia Veche is one of the 20 villages included in the Community Empowerment Project within the UNDP Integrated Local Development Programme. The communities-beneficiaries were selected according to the Evaluation Report on Consequences of the Draught and Cereal Crops Losses, developed by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry in co-operation with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and taking into consideration the results of the annual report on categorising the villages on the basis of deprivation coefficients, made by the Ministry of Economics and Trade. The Mayoralties identify one or more problems of the community and mobilise the people to work for the community. One of the conditions to be included in the project is participating of no less than 100 habitants from the most vulnerable categories of the community.

By the end of 2007 all the communities included in the project finished the scheduled works. The people from these localities had the opportunity to partially compensate the losses from the last year draught and therewith to solve some of the community problems. For instance, at Pereni, Rezina rayon, the people cleaned up two springs, planted 400 trees and repaired 1200 meters of roads. At Pirita, Dubasari rayon, 235 people liquidated the unauthorised dumps from the village, thus clearing place to build several houses. At Zolotivca, Anenii Noi rayon, people repaired 400 meters of road and installed 4 km of aqueduct. At Dezghingea, Găgăuzia, the people planted 1,500 trees and cleaned 3 km of road and 2 km of the bank of Cismea river.

„With this project, says Mircea Ursu, the Co-ordinator of the Integrated Local Development Programme, UNDP Moldova contributes to social consolidation through mobilising the community.” The financial assistance is offered by UNDP Moldova, the Swedish Agency for International Development (SIDA) and Soros-Moldova Fund.