CERI Kids Moldova

Welcome - This blog is about helping teenagers and young adults in the country of Moldova who have been discharged from government operated orphanages. They need help learning to live safely on their own, mentoring, getting more education (above the 9th grade), finding jobs and making good decisions. For more information go to http://www.cerikids.org/

Monday, August 1, 2011

This will be my last post from Moldova. The last full day of the camp was Saturday and after breakfast we gave out camp T-shirts and had fun taking lots of pictures. Every one posed together, then small groups and finally as many individual and friend pictures as you could.

The boys in my group were really fun and we had many good discussions - sometimes even on the topic. This camp also gave me the oportunity to spend time with the young lady my wife (Cheryl) and I spornor. Her name is Svetlana. She lives in the city of Cahul (southern Moldova) and she is studying in the cooking college - meaning she is learning a trade (cooking) and will also earn a high school diploma. I learned that she is also very interested in learning about keeping bees. This summer she has been working in the fields to earn extra money for her mother and younger siblings. The days are long and hot and she earns the equivalent of just about $9 a day.

Saturday night was a wonderful night of celebration - a special meal (with coke), a Christain rock concert (yes, very loud), an awsome fireworks display followed by a roaring camp fire and to top off the evening - a cantina was set up to serve special coffee, tea, chocolate and cookies. The celebrating went on until 2 am. The next moring started a little slow but all that we had was breakfast, packing up and tearful good-byes.

So, for now, good bye Tabara Calarasi, good bye my friends and good by Moldova.

Selecting pictures to post is very difficult - so many to choose from . Here are just a few to represent the activities of the week. Above is a group in a relay competition.

Some thing as simple as a plastic sheet with water and dish soap makes a great slide and the boys get clean :).

Another activity was a combination of relay and obstacle course.