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Sewing Machines Arrive in Moldova


Aneta is a French teacher at the high school. She cares deeply for her students and the community. She spent many hours helping with the logistics of bringing the bicycles and sewing machines to Grozesti. When she was young all the girls learned how to sew, knit, and crochet. Her father was an artist and filled their home with tapestries. Aneta wanted to pass these skills on to the next generation. When she found out that our shipment of bikes would also contain sewing machines we quickly applied for a grant to pay for ten machines, tables, chairs, lights, and fabric. Her parent's home has been vacant for the past 7 years and her plan is to turn it into a sewing shop. She will teach a sewing class at the high school and those students who show promise will be offered a position in the shop. Moldova is ranked the highest in Eastern Europe for victims of human trafficking. She hopes to teach the most vulnerable young women in the village a valuable skill so they will not be so easily duped into believing there is a dream job waiting for them in Romania or Italy. In this picture you see Aneta with her granddaughter, Denis. Aneta has been taking care of Denis for the past 2 years while her daughter studies and works in Italy. Jobs are scarce in Moldova. Aneta is doing a great thing by sharing her knowledge and love of sewing while creating jobs and a future for her village.

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Letter from Moldova

Dear David,

It is very obvious that there are more bikes in the village. A new road down the center of the village is being put in this summer and the boys working on the road ride to and from work every day on their new bikes. I started a hill challenge competition where kids come 2x a week to ride up different hills for points. The king of the hills will be awarded at the end of this week. I get anywhere from 4-10 boys (one girl) that show up regularly--they are all riding their new bikes with gears that allow them to climb these hills (before, I was the only one who could make it up the hills). I see bikes laying on the side streets when I go for a run and I see kids racing out on the main drag. I do see them everywhere this summer and it does give me a good feeling. But there are plenty of more people who would like to have a bike.

Carol Stadden P.C.V.

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