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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”.

Education is the way seen by “Filocalia” as the best to promote trust between young people and children on both sides of Nistru River. The traditions and customs of our ancestors is common treasury. The “martisor” is one of the most important symbols of our culture. That’s exactly why we’ve chosen this topic for the master class.

Children who already know us, were impatiently waiting for us in the classroom. This time, the initiator of the art class was Lidia Pruteanu – teacher at the workshop sponsored by the Association in the boarding school no. 5 for children with mental disabilities from Chisinau and Natalia Luca, former beneficiary, actual painting teacher at the social center “St. Filaret the Merciful ” from Costesti village, Ialoveni region.

From the beginning, children told us the “martisor” legend and symbolism of its colors. Then the children were divided into three groups and started to work. Some children worked with beads of various sizes, some with decorative ribbons, but in the end, they all managed to create some unique pieces. We also noticed with pleasure the active involvement of boys in this occupation.

Children were delighted about the new things they have learned. They had the first opportunity to work with a hot glue gun. And the quality of their work will improve soon, due to the project that will be implemented within the school: equipment for the 3 workshops: the woodworking, sewing and decorative art.

Meanwhile, the ”martisori” made ​​that wonderful winter day will be displayed at the spring exhibition at the National Museum of Ethnography and Natural History and will also proclaim the arrival of spring to the Moldovan Diaspora from Belgium !

This project is implemented with the assistance of the Program ” Support to Confidence Building Measures” funded by the European Union, co-funded and implemented by the United Nations Development Program. The overall objective of the program is to contribute to confidence building between both banks of the Nistru River by involving local authorities, civil society organizations, business community and other stakeholders, as well as through ensuring economic and social development of local communities.