Miras-Moldova was established as an initiative group in 2008 and officially registered as a public association in 2010. The organization was initiated by youth who were motivated to research and protect cultural diversity in Moldova and Gagauzia. Members were concerned with the standard of living of minorities in the region and could not remain aloof from Moldova’s social problems.














The mission of the Miras-Moldova public association is to address social concerns in the Gagauzian autonomy:

  • - Miras-Moldova works to raise awareness of the Gagauzian culture, encourage social integration of ethnic minorities into Moldovan society and to save the cultural heritage of the Moldovan population.

  • - Miras-Moldova also supports families of disabled youth from surrounding communities. Volunteers from the public administration work with individuals with a range of disabilities including physical, sensory, mental and learning disabilities.

The Public Administration collaborates with government agencies, local public authorities, educational institutions, international and local nongovernmental organizations and other philanthropic institutions with the same values.

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To achieve these goals, Miras-Moldova focuses its activities in the following areas:

Preserving and Promoting the Gagauzian Culture:


  • To develop and preserve progressive practices in modern-day Gagauzian culture and facilitate cultural exchange between Gagauzian citizens and foreign volunteers.

  • To research and promote knowledge of past and present cultures of Gagauzia.

  • To preserve and support a respectful interethnic climate in Gagauzia. Reports on interethnic relationships within Gagauzia as well as collaboration between Gagauzian and Moldovan youth will foster intercultural understanding amongst citizens of differing ethnic backgrounds.

  • The formation of tolerant relations between the ethnic majority of Moldova and the cultures of ethnic minorities in Gagauzia.


Encouraging Development of Gagauzian Youth:


  • To facilitate the socialization of Gagauzian youth and to expose the new generation to patriotic values in the spirit of internationalism and respect for the cultural legacy of the Gagauzian people.  

  • To promote respect amongst Gagauzian youth for the traditions and languages of all ethnic minorities in the Republic of Moldova.

  • To raise awareness of traditional ethnic and universal values and assist with the formation of national and regional identities in youth. Projects will reinforce the cultural values of youth, motivate them to learn traditional activities and inspire them to represent their culture.

  • To create conditions for the self-determination and self-realization of the Gagauzian youth by promoting the development of national and social identities. Youth will be provided with opportunities to participate in clubs and cultural activities and develop confidence in their values.

  • To introduce youth to foreign volunteers in the spirit of cross-cultural exchange.


Providing Services to Families of Youth with Disabilities:


  • To provide services to disabled individuals, including home-based services, foreign language education, computer skills, handcraft workshops and cuisine clubs.

  • To coordinate life-enriching activities to enhance the standard of living for individuals receiving services. Activities are otherwise inaccessible for participants and all expenses are paid.

  • To support disabled individuals seeking volunteering and job opportunities.

  • To illuminate the experiences of families of disabled youth to decrease stereotypes and stigmas and to support their integration into society.


Current Projects of Miras-Moldova include:


  1. European Reporters – Volunteers write reports to highlight the life experiences of individuals in the Gagauz community. A recent initiative is the “Humans of Gagauzia” blog, a forum to highlight cultural life in the autonomous region

  2. Volunteering with Youth with Disabilities – Volunteers work with local disabled youth at the "Fidanjik" Rehabilitation Center and also perform home visits with youth who are unable to attend activities at the Center.

  3. Language Clubs – Language clubs are offered for interested community members. Current language clubs include the English, French and Spanish languages

  4. English Movie Club – Volunteers show English-language videos every Friday. After the viewing, club participants discuss the movie


European commission (The EACE agency)
In the field of youth, the European Commission has a double mission: to develop a framework for political co-operation and to manage the Youth in Action programme. The Commission facilitates co-operation amongst the ministries in charge of youth in the Member States and promotes a structured dialogue between policy-makers and young people and their organisations.

The aim is to promote the active citizenship of young people, to foster their social integration in society and to ensure that a youth dimension is taken into account in other EU policies. This policy work is supported by concrete action in the form of a specific programme for young people: the Youth in Action programme. The Commission’s role is to ensure the smooth and effective management of this programme and to monitor its implementation at national and European level.

The Commission is also responsible for ensuring the coherence of the Programme, while further developing its various Actions, particularly by elaborating an overall strategy and priorities. Furthermore, the Commission seeks to guarantee the visibility of EU action in the field of youth, as well as the effective dissemination and exploitation of the results of the Youth in Action Programme.

CONTACT Centre for National Assistance
It is a non-profit independent non-governmental organisation that contributes to the development of the civil society in the Republic of Moldova by providing information, consulting, training, facilitation services, grants and technical assistance. It was registered by the Ministry of Justice on December 17, 1995 as a public institution, (re-registered in February 1998, according to the provisions stipulated in the new Law on Public Associations). Initially, the Centre was a project co-financed by Moldova Soros Foundation and Phare/Tacis Program for Democracy.

In 1997, with financial support from Eurasia Foundation and the Civil Society Program of Moldova Soros Foundation, CONTACT Centre opened regional centres in Balti and Cahul. In 1999, CONTACT Centre extended its activity by opening two other regional centres in Soroca and Comrat with the support of Mott Foundation. Within the past nine years, CONTACT has successfully carried out its activity by extending the assistance provided to National Assistance and Information Centres for NGOs in Moldova in such cities as Chisinau, Balti, Cahul, Soroca, Comrat, Tirsapol and about 400 rural communities.