This project helped young Moldovans to overcome barriers and learn about local youth issues, namely sexual health and rights, traffic safety, discrimination, bullying and violence. The youngsters learned the skills needed to become advocates for 1,000 young people in their communities. They organized local campaigns on youth rights and issues.
However, due to COVID-19 this project had to pause. The current situation in Moldova is very difficult, and we pray for all the people affected by the virus.
We sincerely don't know when and if this project will resume.
In the meantime we want to inform you that we will have to deactivate this project.
We are grateful for your caring support.
You may be interested to know that we will be posting a new project on GlobalGiving which will consider all the educational and life-skills learning activities we are engaging with the children and young children we support in Eastern Europe. As always we will so value your support in this critical area of our mission.
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Due to Covid-19 schools and children’s Centres have been closed since March so the Y-Peer work could not proceed.
However Ora, our partner in Moldova who also supports Y- Peer Moldova, helped poor children from Esther House (some of them participate in Y Peer workshops) to distribute social packages ( food, hygiene products, disinfectant ) to even poorer families.
Like the family of Igor. Igor and his two sisters live with their mother. The mother lost her job and because of quarantine, she couldn’t get a job even as a seasonal land worker because no one worked during quarantine. The family was in a very desperate position. They received food from and clothes for the children.
The social packages helped many families survive during the lockdown.
Moreover it gave children the opportunity to learn to care for more vulnerable people than themselves.
With your help we are changing the lives of vulnerable children in Moldova.
Thanks to your support we are helping to open the minds of young people in Moldova.
Peer to Peer programme is so effective because it helps young people to learn about key problems they are facing but also it gives them a chance to discuss and communicate problems they are experiencing.
There are still stereotypes on these issues so having a way of expressing their concerns with other young people close to their age is so important that’s why the Y Peer programme is so successful.
It is wonderful to see young people empowering each other.
Y-PEER works with and for young people between the ages of 13 and 24 to advance and educate them on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Annually the network educates more than 10,000 young people in need, being active in over 25 schools, with 16 teams of peer educators across the country and over 300 actively involved peer to peer educators. This community education has helped the youth to defend against HIV, STIs, unwanted pregnancy and domestic violence.
The saying goes that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. In other words it is better to give people the tools to help themselves, than to make them dependent on short-term external help.
Thank you so much for supporting this amazing programme.
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Thank you for your support of the peer to peer learning programme in Moldova.
Adding a bit of fun and colour into learning can help the process of learning, especially for younger ones. So part of the Y-Peer programme has been to let the young teenagers express themselves through colourful art.
It is not easy for young people in rural Moldova to positively express their feelings and opinions, the Y-Peer mentors are able to bring out the best in them - with lot's of fun and colour as well.
A break over winter will enable new ideas to be put together and make the next sessions even more uplifting.
The summer saw the end of the latest Y-Peer programme where between 35 and 40 young people had gone through a series of 10 workshops across the academic year.
At each of the 3 centres where your support has enabled the workshops to take place, the young people reflected on the experience of being part of the programme. They reviewed “Me Before and After Y-Peer Moldova” and “The Y-Peer Influence on My Life”.
For these young people it is not an over-exaggeration to say that their lives have been transformed. Let’s hear it from them: “I learned to leave my comfort zone and to express my opinions”
“I have learned to live without prejudices, to love my body and to be careful about what is happening around me”
“I will miss Y-Peer workshops because they were able to bring us useful information through interactive methods”
“When I grow up I will apply for Y-Peer trainings in the capital”
As Y-Peer themselves note, every end is a new beginning. The activities will have a huge impact on young lives and society.
And now, so long as the funding continues to be available, we prepare for the next cohort of young people. We hope that you will wish to be part of continuing to change lives so dramatically.
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