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Money versus values

Be thankful for what you have;you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you'll never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

There is a saying “I live at the edge of the village”, meaning, I don’t care what is happening there. Maybe some ten years ago it was a good strategy, which doesn’t work any more, as we define differently the notions of town/village versus community. The town X is the place we live in due to different circumstances, while the community is the place where we have common things with the people we meet, actions we do in order to make this geographic place more pleasant, cozy, and finally “homey”. Thus, you can’t be indifferent speaking of it, even if you spend in this town just some hours to sleep and rest, after a busy, fatiguing day outside it. Wonderful! You come here to sleep and rest! So, it means it is the best place for you, and you have to make it the best place.

From the perspective of facilities my community has a lot to do, and the first thing would be creating good sanitation conditions. I refer here to having running water in the houses, but mostly by having a system of recycling the used water from the houses. If you take a walk around the village I live in, you’ll come across wells, which are at a distance of about 200 meters from each other. Some people are still using them to take water and carry it to their houses by buckets of 10 liters each. I, myself, was doing the same thing till 6 years ago, when like other people managed to save the necessary amount of money to dig my own well in the yard and, by the help of the pump to have running water in the house. But this is half of work to be done. The major problem is to have the used water stocked and most of all recycled, because each householder has dug a hole in the yard where the used water, of course, is stocked, and then, a special car has to come and empty it. But, some of the water penetrates the soil and finally goes back into the same wells in the yard, and then, into our houses. At the moment, people don’t see this process as a danger to their health, but it really is, as, along the pesticides our water is full of, and even, some heavy metals, now the wells fill with the used water from our own kitchens and bathrooms.

We can solve this problem by applying to international grants which would give us the possibility to build a sanitation system in the whole village, because this kind of work requires a lot of money and people do not have it. We also, have to explain to people that we can do it only by having everyone involved in this work. And again I am sure the mothers are the very persons to see the danger coming and to convince everyone to contribute to resolving this problem.

Another problem for Moldova, like many ex-soviet republics, is the phenomenon of migration, and even traffic of people, including sexual and organ traffic. But I want to speak about the illegal migration when people, especially, women pay by 4000 Euros (the salary in the country being of 200 Euros per month) to go abroad as tourists and remain there to work. Nowadays, Moldova has in the country just 2.5 million people from its 4million, the majority of them being the old people and the children. I do not blame the women and men who went abroad in the search of a better life. Some of them have taken their children with them and have established there for ever. Others are sending regularly money home where their husbands or relatives are investing this money in building nice, huge houses and supplying their children with all the necessary things, except mother’s and father’s love and care which can not be replaced by any money.

As a result we have a strange situation, when investing mostly financially in the children; it is forgetting about the moral values, which, unfortunately, are being lost. It happens to have young people driving luxurious cars to school, but not making any effort to neither studying nor making the community a better place to live in. Thus, it is necessary to find a balance between the financial and the spiritual efforts made for improving our life. We can do this by trying to be involved in different international projects, have our people travel abroad within some seminars, meetings, conferences, which would allow them see new ways of doing the same things and new lifestyles. So, to make our life better we need to invest both in infrastructure and in education.

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olutosin's picture

I CONCUR

This is though proving and at teh same time well scripted, i told those leaving Nigeria and leaving their children behind that a time will come when al the money made will not be enough to solve the problem created by lack of home training. Early this year, a Nigerian attempted to bomb a plane, he was without parental care form Nursery to the university level, his is the other way round, sent abroad with people's money only to become a terrorist, just the way some people leave their children in the care of their aged parents and only to come back and meet militants, thugs, and the likes.
Train up a child in the way he should go, when he rows up, he will not the depart and you will have peace of mind. Today, our children are in God's hands.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

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Adelma A.Linatoc's picture

Affirmation

Dear Eugenie,

I really agree to all what you've share and it is a reality everywhere.Regarding our invironment,we can testify that Mother Earth/Nature is already complaining where different calamities are happening now a days,i.e.floods,flashfloods,earthquake and other kinds of disasters which causes damages a lot of lives of peoples and their belongings.In some part of our country there are efforts done how many years ago in order to save our environment.There are private institution here whose advocacy is education on waste management,initiating on cleaning our seas which are very rich and recently efforts on cleaning the streets by posting group of persons to see to it that passers-by/individual don't throw rubbish and waste products in the street and persecute those who do not follow.They are given penalties depending upon the extent of what offenses and how many times they have done,educating them and explain the purpose of the said activity/drive.Well, of course, if we will not start it now,when?and who will do that?WE,the citizens of the world! ! !

CoachMarcie's picture

Thanks

Thank you for sharing your story. There is much to do in your village. Stay positive and you have great ideas.

Best,
Marcie

Best,
Marcie

Lisa T's picture

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Eugenie,

I enjoyed reading you post and learned a lot from it! I think you do a great job of sharing the broad spectrum of challenges that you face in your community, from basic human needs, such as running water and wells, to sex trafficking. I think trying to get grants to help build a sanitation system is a great idea and I hope that you will be able to accomplish that. Does the government of Moldova have any resources or funding available to help? Also I was left wanting to know more about how you see PulseWire helping you reach your goals. Have you been able to connect with others that have had similar struggles in their communities? Also, you mention education as a solution to the problems, do you have any ideas on specific education outreach programs that can be developed in your community?

Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading more of your posts and about the progress you're making in your community!
Sincerely,
Lisa

Eugenie's picture

new challenges

Dear Lisa;

Thanks for your questions to me. If you visited Moldova, you would see that it is the country of paradoxes, as you can see huge and tiny houses next to each other; carts pulled by horses taking the crops from the fields and fashionable cars like BMW, Mercedes on the same roads, people having a dinner in restaurants for 200 euros, and teachers, like me, having the month salary the same 200 euros..... It would be great if the government of Moldova had available resources to build the infrastructure, but, it doesn't have.
I have worked with Peace Corps volunteers and due to it I have learnt to see the events from different perspectives, which allowed me to look for solutions and people who could be involved in this process. I really appreciate WorldPulse as it is a great possibility to meet other women from different countries who come with very genuine ideas and thoughts on our reality. The power of the word is extremely useful.
Searching the internet last year I came across the information about the ACES project, and now my students and I are implementing this project in our highschool. It is amaizing to see the students working together on various activities which enlarge their horizons and challenge them to new accomplishments. It is a difficul work, but not impossible.

Best,
Eugenie

antoniamichaela's picture

Wow

Thank you for your descriptions of some of the daily obstacles and challenges in your community in Moldova. I found it very interesting to read, and was also sad to hear about the imminent danger of the water conditions. It sounds like the ways you see World Pulse and Web 2.0 being able to help with some of these obstacles, is through their capacity to provide a forum for sharing of new ideas on solving these challenges from women around the world, which could help you come up with solutions to implement. Is that right? With citizen journalism training, are there also audiences/people you would particularly like to inform about these challenges?

I enjoyed reading your piece here, and lots of good luck to you.

Best. Antonia

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