Below are some stories written by the guys visiting our youth club in Moldova. We asked them to tell us a little bit about themselves, about what the club meant for them, and how their lives have changed. We invite you to read these stories and see how you helped these teens with your generous donation.
Thank you for your support once again!
Oleg L., 20 years old:
“I grew up with my mom, brother, and sister. My mom couldn’t support all of us, so she sent me to boarding school. I spent 8 grades there. When I was in Grade 6, I came across some bad company, began skipping classes, ran away from home and started to tramp. Then I began to steal. Eventually, when I was 15, I ended up in a detention center. I came out in 3 years and was sent to the instructors at the Youth Club FAKEL which was supported by NGO Elpis at that time. There, they helped me with the documents, helped me with the training and the job.
I still come to the Club as a volunteer. I even help organizing some events. I am very grateful for such place in my city where every person gets attention, comfort, help and support.”
Oleg is one of the former beneficiaries of the Youth Club FAKEL in Balti and one of our current volunteers.
Vlad M., 18 years old:
“I am a student of the vocational technical school №1 where I am taking house painting and tiling program. I chose this profession because all my relatives were of the same profession. I love soccer – I have been playing for 8 years now. Also, I like collecting coins. I have more than 5000 coins from different countries in my collection.
One year ago, my best friend invited me to the Club FAKEL where she was a volunteer. I liked it there and became a volunteer myself. I often come up with new ideas and help to make them happen. Best of all, I liked our campaign when we planted about 1000 trees. I also like the City Quest, which we organize regularly. I took part in the mini grant competition and won money for the Club. Now, I am training our soccer team to play in the tournament.”
Vlad shared his story in November 2016. Today, he is serving in the army, and we are all waiting for him to come back. His soccer playmates especially miss him!
“Hello, my name is Sveta. I am a volunteer with the Youth Club FAKEL and I have been visiting Club for two years. I learned about the Club from my relative who has been going there for a long time, she told me a lot about it and I got interested eventually. My sister went there first and I went after her to check it out. The first impression was good. Nice and friendly people, a very cozy atmosphere. Every time I went there, I was becoming closer and closer to the people. Now we are almost like a family. But these are not the only benefits of the Club. We have training and different events. We mingle with the other youth centers. All this helped me to develop my social skills and find new friends. I am so glad that I decided to join the Club a year ago, otherwise I would not have met many people who helped me to become a person who I am right now."
“Hi, I am Andrei and I am a member of the Youth Club FAKEL. After I joined the Club, my life has changed for the better. I met new people, friends who like to help as much as I do. We see each other every day and talk about how it goes. We always share what we know. Thanks to the Club, I am not afraid of being left alone anymore because I now have Serghey, Sveta, Vasya, Nikita, Laura and my other friends who will always be there for me.”
“Hello, I am Ruslana. I started going to FAKEL in February 2017. I was brought there by my classmate. I didn’t think that it would be so interesting there. I really like going to FAKEL. It’s so exciting, with so many new people and we talk, play different games, drink tea with cookies, but most of all I like when we volunteer. It’s very engaging and you meet even more new people. And then, after every volunteering, we get a diploma. After that, I started spending even more time at FAKEL. And I’ll tell you just how much my life changed after I started going to FAKEL. 1) I began to communicate more with other people, I was a very closed off person before. 2) Less free time, which I could have spent doing nothing productive, but now I have a hobby – it’s volunteering. I really love this – helping elderly, children, those with mental disabilities, bringing happiness into every heart.”