Build an environmental training center in Moldova

by 'EcoVisio' Public Association
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Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova
Build an environmental training center in Moldova

Project Report | Dec 7, 2017
Building capacity & developing sustainability

By Liliana Botnaru | Project Leader

German visitors welcomed by the local choir
German visitors welcomed by the local choir

Dear friends,

Our Environmental Training Center is almost ready! The main walls are up, the windows and doors are in place and the elaborate solar/pellet integrated heating system is keeping it from freezing. We’re deeply grateful for all the support we received along the way from you this year, whether in the form of a message shared, a prayer or a donation, every contribution was much appreciated!

But the work does not stop here. In fact, the main job of developing the project and increasing the Eco-Center’s capacity is only starting. Till now the Center has been slowly building local capacities in the village: there are more people growing food ecologically in Riscova, 3 of our local workers were recruited for the summer to help build an eco-home in Romania and there is a newly registered local NGO, focused on sustainable rural development.

But the big question is how to make the Environmental Training Center even more sustainable. Here are a few ideas on our mind:

Environmental sustainability

  • Responsible water usage – water-saving shower heads, composting waterless toilets, rainwater collection and drip irrigation are just a few steps we took towards saving precious drinking water.
  • Energy efficiency – passive solar design and two solar water panels are aiding our heating system, thermal mass floor and well-insulated walls help maintain that heat, LED lights allow us to use less electricity. Next we’d like to install solar electric panels once we fundraise for them.
  • Using primarily local resources helps us reduce the Eco-Center's environmental footprint

Financial sustainability

  • Lowering operational and maintenance costs – our energy efficient design will ensure smaller heating and electrical bills, our garden already started providing fruits & vegetables, thus reducing the costs of our training events.
  • Diversifying sources of income – in addition to crowdfunding we’re attracting funds through grants, social investors and income generating activities, like hosting training events for businesses and other NGOs.

Social sustainability

  • More and more people know about the Environmental Training Center from participating in our training events, simply visiting or reading about it in mass media. We’ve noticed a growing community of people practicing more sustainable lifestyle (growing food ecologically, building eco-houses, using bicycles for transportation, etc.)
  • Our Center triggers other community development initiatives: a local NGO was created in the village in August, local library introduced an innovative service – solar fruit drying, local school started a plastic recycling program and more individuals fixed up their homes, opening them to host training participants.
  • Building individual capacities – our Center benefits from the knowledge, skills and energy brought to the project by staff, local and international volunteers, but it also provides opportunities for growth and learning. This year our core team doubled and we hope to engage and train more people to expand the Center’s capacity next year.

We’d love to hear your ideas on increasing this project’s sustainability and we count on your support in 2018, because we can only succeed thanks to partners like you!

Floor heating is more efficient in large spaces
Floor heating is more efficient in large spaces
ActivEco participants planning to green up spaces
ActivEco participants planning to green up spaces
Students discover DIY solar dehydrators
Students discover DIY solar dehydrators
Raw vegan lunch for BFC Company on their retreat
Raw vegan lunch for BFC Company on their retreat
Training Center construction progress
Training Center construction progress

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Organization Information

'EcoVisio' Public Association

Location: Chisinau - Moldova, Republic of
Website:
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Project Leader:
Liliana Botnaru
Chisinau , Moldova, Republic of
$16,488 raised of $19,000 goal
 
337 donations
$2,512 to go
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$10
USD
Illuminate the Future: Your donation will light up our center with an energy-efficient LED bulb, symbolizing a brighter, greener future and reducing our carbon footprint.
$15
USD
Seeds of Change: Help us promote sustainability. Your contribution will buy seeds and seedlings, nurturing a thriving organic garden that serves as a living classroom for eco-friendly practices.
$25
USD
Knowledge is Power: Empower minds with your gift. This donation provides essential books and resources, enriching our library with the wisdom of sustainability and environmental balance.
$50
USD
Cultivating Community Dreams: Your generous support will fund a local entrepreneur or farmer, turning their sustainable vision into reality, and fostering a greener, more resilient community.
$100
USD
Building a Sustainable Space: Contribute to the heart of our center. Your donation will help repair and upgrade our facilities, ensuring a welcoming and functional space for learning and growth.
$250
USD
Energize with Renewables: Be part of Moldovan RE transition. Your contribution towards solar panels or other renewable sources will light our path to energy independence and environmental stewardship.
$500
USD
Educational Evolution: Your donation is an investment in the future. Help us develop and launch new, innovative programs that will educate and inspire action towards a more sustainable world.
$1,000
USD
Visionary Impact: Make a lasting difference. Your substantial contribution supports strategic planning and expansion, ensuring our center remains a beacon of hope and progress in sustainable living.
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