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Buds of hope – social campaign where children help elderly

Any end of winter also means a beginning of spring. In this beautiful period, in the season of the revival of nature, PA “Filocalia” implements from the 25th of February until the 25th of April the charity campaign “BUDS OF HOPE”. The beneficiaries of the given campaign are 90 elderly people (lonely old people, elderly people with disabilities and burdened with material needs) and 400 children.

March is the month of the symbolic “Martișor” and each year, at the end of February, children from the Social Center “Sf. Filaret the Merciful” from Costești village, Ialoveni district, work together to make the little symbols of revival and spring. Their works are later on sold in the capital and the money obtained is partially transmitted to children from the social center, and another part is used to organize personal development activities for the same children (through excursions, visits to museums, theaters, etc.).


You’ve been a Santa for them…

Another winter, another warming heart Campaign over, already traditional for PA “Filocalia”.
What we enjoy the most is the fact that we feel the impact we make; for several years now, we have been planning to bring joy and reach out to a certain number of beneficiaries and the last few years we succeed in helping more people than initialy planned. And this was possible only thanks to YOU, to those who care and who get involved. This is why our success is the success of the whole community.
This year (in the 8 edition of the campaign), 525 children, 45 families, 49 lonely elderly benefited from gifts, clothes, footwear, hygiene items and food products. The partners who joined us in this initiative and to whom we are deeply grateful were: CIE “Moldexpo”, the bakery “Oxmarpan” from Costesti, Ialoveni, the translation company “Intart Design” (Natalia and Sergiu Conovca), “Moldo Crescendo ”(Marcel Lazăr), the mayoralty of the villages Zgurița and Costești, ”Credit bureau” SRL, BSD Management Company,“Fidanjik” Center from Comrat, Bălățel family from Drăgușeni village, Strășeni,“M. Eminescu” lyceum from Chisinau, in the person of teacher Silvia Țurcanu, Boarding school no. 7 from the capital (Cristina Gârdev), Penitentiary no. 13 (Tudor Moraru).

In addition to the partners, we have also benefited from sponsorships, both financially and through material donations. Here thanks from all our heart and good thoughts go to: Alexandra Orlova, Fatih Ermihan, Tatiana Corcevaia, Igor and Elena Popov, Bogdan Ciobanu and Alina Loboda, Parascovia Bivol, Stefan Petrea, Andrei Luca, Cristina Ciobanu, Cristina and Sorin Hanganu, Alex and Svetlana Ciubuc, Elena Surugiu, Dmitrii Teterea, Arcadie Albul, Alexei Ursachi, Ilia Sorocean, Olga Rudic and Anastasia Kulikovscaia.
And as it is well known, APA “Filocalia” would not be so successful without a basic element: our volunteers! Many big thanks for those who helped us do beautiful things in this campaign: Cristina Borjac and Sebastian Balamatiuc, Mariana Madan, Larisa Erșov, Elena Munteanu, Vadim Bortă and Elena Lungu, Tatiana Gherasim, Ivan Cara, Alexei and Mihaela Ursachi, Natalia Mija, Eugen Midoni, Gabriel and Nicoleta Ceapă, Tudor Avraam and all the children from the artistic workshops of the Social Center “St. Filaret the merciful” from Costești village, Ialoveni.
One last, important thank you we say to our dear teachers: Mariana Bortă, Alina Marndici and Victoria Bălățel.
We wish you all a productive year, with peace, well-being and health. May you have th best and thank you repeatedly for deciding to involve and offer to those who needed support.

“The wisdom of life is simple: When you leave a place, let it be better then before you came there.” (Nicolae Iorga)


A charity lesson – with and for children

This year we are at the 9th edition of the campaign „Be a Santa or someone!”, launched on November 20, 2019 and lasting until January 7, 2020. The campaign aims to support people with special material or social needs through the participation of children in charity activities, through individual involvement and the promotion of volunteering as a form of civic activism.

On December 7, the “Gift from gift” action was carried out, in which a child could bring gifts, toys, sweets, fruits to a child with fewer opportunities, promoting the slogan: “You are their Christmas”.

34 children from socially vulnerable families from the village of Drăgușeni, r. Strășeni, received gifts, footwear, hygiene and food products, toys, etc., which were collected during the previous week by 34 children from the 6th grade from Mihai Eminescu Theoretical High School from Chisinau.



„The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”   (Oscar Wilde)

Winter holidays are the ones that bring joy to everyone, it is the time of gifts, beautiful childhood memories and of tomorrow’s hopes. It is the celebration when we open our hearts, which is why the Association “FILOCALIA” comes with the desire to make people happier, more fulfilled and less sad and lonely and invites you to join us. Together we can give them a brighter Christmas.

This year we are at the 9 edition of the wonderful campaign „be a santa for someone!”, initiated the 20 of November 2019 and lasting until 7 of January 2020. The campaign has as a purpose to support people in need, to involve children in various charity actions, by involving them and also by promoting volunteering as a form of civic activism.
This year’s beneficiaries of our campaign are 500 children, 30 families and 60 elderly from the following localities: Costeşti, Ialoveni; Coşniţa, Dubăsari, Zguriţa, Drochia, Hârbovăţ, Călăraşi, Drăguşeni, Redeni, Străşeni, Cotiujenii Mari, Şoldăneşti, Sângerei, Șoldanești, Chişinău, Comrat, Carpineni, Hâncești.


Project launching

In November 2019, PA ”Filocalia” have launched a new ambitious project, this time with an accent on non-formal education. The project Inclusive non-formal education – key for a better life and opportunities for children in risk situations from the rural areas of the Republic of Moldova” is a pilot project that, depending on its success, will be replicated in other localities from Moldova. The main purpose of the project comes from its name and the objectives are multiple:

-        To involve young people in artistic and cultural activities (visiting museums, theatres; some local successful businesses);

-       To equip Filocalia’s Social center’s workshops with materials needed for their good functioning;

-       To organize awareness campaigns and to offer material help to marginalized people;

-       To complete the national Curriculum for pupils of 7 and 8 grades with useful practical subjects for the young generation. The subjects will be taught in a few schools from different parts of the country within the lesson „Personal development”, by professional trainers.


Sunny days în Costești

On May 19, PO Filocalia in partnership with the church “St. Nicolas” from Costesti village, Ialoveni prepared donations for 6 solitary elderly and 4 families with many children from the locality. Experienced volunteers and newcomers went home to the beneficiaries of Filocalia. This visit was also an educational one: the veteran volunteers of Filocalia showed by their own example that when you cross the threshold of needy families or lonely elders, it is not enough just to give them the gifts. Sometimes it is more important to have a moral presence with these people who encounter difficulties in life, with a good word, a moment of open-hearted listening. This activity was planned on the occasion of Costesti village holiday. We thank the volunteers who decided on Sunday to dedicate their time to the welfare of others: Vadim Bortă, Mariana Bortă, Gabriel Ceapă, Diana Ursu and Ina Marandici. On 22 May there is celebrated the Day of the Village of Costești. The children from the “Sf. The Filaret the Merciful organised an exhibition with works made by them. The have been deeply impressed by the talent of the Center’s beneficiaries. An equally interesting moment was the a master class, which welcomed everyone. The most wonderful thing is that the sanctuary and the yard of the church were full of children.


Results of the campaign „Buds of hope”

One more spring, one more successful social campaign.

From the 20 of February until the 30 of April PO Filocalia developed the social campaign ”Buds of hope”. The campaign’s beneficiaries were more than 60 elderly (solitary elderly, burdened with material deprivation); 35 socially vulnerable families and 380 children from the following localities of the country:

  • Chișinău
  • Cărpineni, Hâncești
  • Costești, Ialoveni
  • Șoldănești
  • Zgurița, Drochia
  • Coșnița, Dubăsari
  • Drăgușeni, Strășeni
  • Goian
  • Hârbovăț, Călărași

During the spring campaign, activities were held both for  “Marţişor” feast and  also for Easter holidays.

The social campaign of Martisor had as heroes some young people who decided to get involved actively. We take the opportunity to thank them. We start the list of thanks with our dear teacher Alina Marandici for her dedication and the successes in her work with children from the decorative art workshop in the “St. Filaret the Merciful” Social Center. We also want to thank those who have decided to buy charity symbols of spring: Tatiana Chirilenco (Chemonics Company), Ilia Sorocean, Cristina Pascari, Margarita Ursu, Elena Rudoi, Nadejda Mocanu, Daniela Reabcinschi (Beauty Salon DIONA), Tatiana Kuzminov, Vasile Cepoi and Victor Buzatu (BioVic company).

A beautiful activity in this campaign was the action – “A MARTISOR makes the spring!”, through which we managed to offer a great day and a smile to elderly from Soldanesti Asylum and the beneficiaries from the village of Carpineni, Hancesti (they received martisors a s gifts, they also made them within a master class and they received clothes, sweets and fruits and hygiene of first necessity).
In Carpineni we combined two activities: we made martisors with the children of the Boarding School and donated them together with the children to socially vulnerable elderly people from the same locality.
On Easter we went several times to women with children in prison “Pruncul” near the capital, they received various gifts for them and the children and were involved in spring master classes. Also on Easter holidays we went to our old friends – minors from Goian penitentiary, with activities and gifts.

Between April 19-23, PO Filocalia successfully participated in the Easter Fair “Easter with Flowers” at the International Exhibition Center “Moldexpo” with children’s works. We want to thank this loyal partner for encouraging charity activities and for the long-term cooperation we have.

Also this year, for the first time, we were invited to participate in a charity fair at the high school “Iulia Hasdeu” from the capital. The works of children from the social centers of Filocalia were very much appreciated by the school students, parents and teachers.

We thank all those involved, Galina and Igor Mija for the donation of food products, Mrs. Maria Ciliuţă, the diaspora from Belgium and especially Bogdan Ciobanu, Cristina Ciobanu, the active volunteers: Sebastian Balamatiuc, Delepeev Silvia, Elena Bortă, Anastasia Sprâncean, Paul Vrabie, David Arina.



Buds of hope in Zgurita

On April 1, PO Filocalia went to the north of the country, in the village of Zguriţa, Drochia. We had a warm and sunny day. Several families and solitary elderly received hygienic products, food, clothes, toys and sweets. We thank Galina and Igor Mija for the donation! We urge everyone to join our social campaign! Together we can help more needy people.


Martisors, bananas, sun and smiles

On March 2, AO Filocalia decided to go to the children from the boarding school in Carpineni village for an interesting activity. The children, together with the volunteers, would make MARTISORS,


Snow can’t stop the spring from coming

On February 23, the winter decided that it would like to stay some more time on the land of Moldova. In the morning, a layer of snow covered the hills, villages and towns of the country.