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Master-class for handmade “Martisori” in Speia village, Grigoriopol region





Tuesday, 28 of January 2014, when Moldova was covered by snow and the snowflakes seemed to fall forever, PO “Filocalia” team went to Speia village, Grigoriopol region to perform a new master-class, as part of the project “Development of creative and professional skills for children from socially vulnerable families from Speia village, Grigoriopol, given the experience of PO “Filocalia” on the right bank of Nistru River”, sponsored by the EU – UNDP “Support to Confidence Building Measures”.


Traditional meeting with winter customs in Speia, Gregoreopol



If summer is the season that awakens memories of wonderful holidays full of adventures, then surely all of us know that winter is the season of carols and sledding. Unfortunately, Winter fairy hasn’t been so generous with snow this year, but on customs related to the winter holidays we cannot complain.

On January 12, the House of Culture from Speia village held a traditional meeting about winter customs, attended by local elders and young people from both sides of Nistru River. The purpose of the meeting was to give young people the opportunity to learn more about the winter traditions and customs, but also to organize a cultural exchange between them.


Results of the campaign “Be a Santa for someone”, 3rd edition

“A person that loves humanity can be useful not mainly through his actions, but through the example that he gives” (Andre Gide)

This year, having the wonderful experience from last years, PO „Filocalia” initiated the charity campaign „Be a Santa for someone”, hoping to make happy as many socially vulnerable children as possible. We made it! Even more then we initially hoped! This campaign is meant to help poor children, but also to remind to the community that there are families with real needs, people that are unhappy during the holidays. Our purpose is to make these people feel the spirit of the Holy Feasts.  The campaign was possible thanks to the support of German organization „Kindermissionswerk” and „Kerk in Actie” from Netherlands.


„Be a Santa for someone” – a campaign that makes a country sound in unison.

There are days when you must take care of your soul. There are days when things around you become immaterial while you are flying above the clouds with unprecedented exaltation. Such a day happened at Chiperceni. In a country where the signs of global warming are being noticeable, Chiperceni proved to be the only place where Santa Claus found snow. It was probably a sign of blessing.  They say it is more pleasant to give presents than receive them. I will sincerely tell you, with my hand on my heart, this is true! It is a special sentiment when you see joy on the face of a child whom fate has been (somewhat often) forgetting to comfort. And it is difficult to forget the surprised little eyes that are wondering whether, Santa Claus has indeed come to visit them too.

The surprised parents who are asking themselves if it is reality, if their child has indeed the chance to browse through a beautiful book, a book given from the bottom of the heart. And it is a book that belongs to their child! The rush to grab the gift as quickly as possible, out of fear it could be taken away by someone, makes you sad in a way. These are sad children who experience joy only during holidays, since during the rest of days they are helping their parents, most often only the grandmother, working like grownups.

Little eyes filled with tears, insecure gestures, trembling voice – this is the way in which a child holding a present belonging only to him/her can be described.

For „Filocalia” volunteers, this was another full day, when you work at the Santa Claus academy, a day when you become an elf who brings winter magic. And maybe the Good Lord left on purpose some angels on Earth to take care of those less fortunate than us and sadder than us, so that we can share our smile and give it to those who have too few reasons to smile!

„Be solidary with Santa Clause” – a campaign that makes a country sound in unison.


PO Filocalia volunteer