31 january

Socially deprived young people from Transnistria helped to find jobs

Twenty socially deprived young people from Bender town and from another several neighboring settlements will be helped to do professional formation courses and to find a job through the agency of the project “Supporting socially deprived young people from Transnistria in social-professional integration”. The project was launched by the Edinet-based public association “Demos” and was extended to Transnistria, where it is implemented in partnership with the charity foundation “Serdtze” (“Heart”) of Bender.

In a news conference at IPN, “Demos” executive director Liliana Samcov said the initiative appeared six years ago on the right bank of the Nistru River. It was implemented in six northern districts. In 2014, the project was extended to cover the Transnistrian region. The young people will benefit from a set of psychological, social and legal services that will help them develop independent life habits. They will also be able to attend short professional training courses and will be helped to find a job.

The project’s target group is the young people aged between 18 and 30, who graduated from a residential institution, orphans and young families in difficulty. “The project aims to reduce the poverty level and unemployment among young people from both banks of the Nistru River by creating professional development conditions. It also ensures equal employment chances and the formation of close relations, based on mutual respect, between public organizations from both banks of the Nistru,” said Liliana Samcov.

Galina Burlaca, head of the Bender foundation “Serdtse”, said there are nongovernmental organizations in Transnistria that deal with the problems of socially unprivileged young people, but their number is too low to cope with the needs. “We believe that the results of the project will confirm the necessity and relevance of the social-professional integration service for deprived people. The assistance we enjoy is of real aid and will help improve the lives of the young people who will seek support from us. We hope that when the project is completed, we will continue to help these young people,” she stated.

The project will last until September 2014 and will benefit from the assistance of the Support to Confidence Building Measures Program that is financed by the EU and co-financed and implemented by the UNDP. The budget of the project is US$38,700.