Encouraging Volunteerism in Women from the Village

In March, I attended two workshops that included women from my village and two of my partners.  It was held by Concorida, an NGO that supports the elderly and children in my village. Many of the attendees are retired teachers and staff from the mayor’s office. At the first session we discussed our values and … More Encouraging Volunteerism in Women from the Village

Visiting Balți

In March, I spent a weekend in Balți visiting another volunteer.  Balți is the second largest city in Moldova (100k pop.) and a large manufacturing city.  My friend is working with some amazing people at a youth organization that provides a relaxing hang-out space (Antifcafenea) and activities for youth aged 13-25.   We wandered around Balti … More Visiting Balți

The Children of Famine – a play in Chisinau

In February, I attend the play “Copiii Foametei. Mărturii.” by Alexei Vakulovski at the Mihai Eminescu National Theatre of Chisinau. The play tells stories from one village during the famine in Moldova from 1946 to 1947. The somber set and stories had everyone in the audience in tears and there was also hope found in … More The Children of Famine – a play in Chisinau

Finding connection to my Great Grandmother through Moldovan feasts

My father’s side of the family is from Lithuania. My Great Grandparents traveled to the US with their families (or by themselves) around 1913 to 1915.  Between 1868 and 1914,  almost 20 percent of the Lithuanian population left Lithuania due to a famine in 1868-1869 and Russian rule.  My dad’s family, after various other locations, settled … More Finding connection to my Great Grandmother through Moldovan feasts

Technovation

Technovation Challenge is a global tech competition that teaches girls ages 10-18 how to code and start a business. I am participating on the organizing team for the Technovation Moldova program by assisting with marketing and technical support for the teams..  I attended the Technovation Moldova launch event in Chisinau in January at an amazing … More Technovation