The team has just returned from their recent trip out to Dancu. This time they were building an extension to the Vulcanizare project. The new extension is to be used for training young men in woodwork and for teaching. The team worked very hard and managed to complete the walls and roof in one week. Here are some of the photo's they took when they were out there.
History of the Vulcanizare project
Christian charity Dancu Tabita has bought a large site in Cioara village, Moldova, which, stage-by-stage, it is converting into facilities to help and bless its community, support Christian ministry and generate jobs and income in this materially deprived region. Having opened a Community Centre in October 2011 as the first phase of development, we are now looking to create small businesses which can contribute towards the ongoing costs of the site, thereby reducing dependency on overseas donations.As well as generating a small but steady flow of income, it is hoped that this project will lead to 2 additional jobs being created. Any profit generated will mean that there is less dependency on foreign donations to cover the running costs of the site.
The village of Dancu in Moldova struggles with a great many things but one of them is lack of employment. The other is that since other projects have started eg Inn of Love and a milk project that the repair bills for the transport they do have has increased dramatically.
Therefore the answer was to convert a derelict building into an income-generating small business - a small tyre repair garage (Vulcanizare) and car wash which will support Dancu Tabita’s communal and social projects/buildings, create 2 new jobs and lower the cost for maintenance of Tabita’s own vehicles.
Link to Hope Volunteers went out in April 2014 to Dancu for the next stage of the Vulcanizare project and to Razesi to help put in a bathroom and do other building works at the Community Centre. As usual lots of hard work and this time lots of competition between the two groups as to who could achieve more on their week of labour. Thank you to Camilla, Elice, Lisa, Lin, Stacey and Callum who did brilliantly at Dancu. Also to Fiona, Sue, Mike, Wayne and Robin who slaved away in Razesi. They did everthing from putting in a new bathroom, to digging latrines, painting posts, putting on roofs, plastering, digging and a hundred and one other tasks. They raised a fantastic amount of sponsorship money all of which was sent over and invested in the projects they were working on. One word summary of the week from the team;
Milly - Minunat! (wonderful), Ellice - Splendiferous!, Lin & Stacey - LOVE!, Wayne - Eye-opening. Fiona - Humbling. Callum - Indescribable. Sue - Liberating. Mike - Life enhancing. Lisa - Privilege. Robin - Uplifting. Two words from Link to Hope—THANK YOU