A Little Money Goes a Long Way in Empowering Moldova’s Rural Youth

The small town of Razeni is a 30-minute drive south of Moldova’s capital Chisinau. The community, once home to over 7,000 people, has witnessed in recent years a massive outflow of labor force to countries of Western Europe and Russia — a story so commonly told in rural Moldova. Young people and their grand-parents are usually the ones left behind.
A World Bank $5,000 grant, provided under the Small Grants Program (currently known as the Civil Society Fund), has helped the local NGO, Eco-Razeni, to finance a youth educational and informational campaign ahead of the upcoming April 2009 general parliamentary elections – to teach young people about the importance of elections.

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