On a mission to Moldova...
Each year, and for the past fifteen years, Ipswich-based charity TEECH (Telecommunications Eastern European Challenge) has been sending a team of volunteers, armed with tools, equipment and aid to Eastern Europe.
TEECH (motto: to help those less fortunate create a better future for themselves) provides aid including clothing, toys, furniture, medical supplies and disability aids to schools and orphanages in Eastern European countries and works to improve the basic living conditions of the young and elderly in countries like Moldova and Romania.
This year’s challenge took place in August. The ‘Mission to Moldova’ saw a crew of 25 volunteers travelling by road across the continent to a school in Valcinet, a small town in the middle of the country.
“Before we arrived the school had no indoor toilets for the 350 children,” said Rob Brown, who’s been a volunteer on every one of TEECH’s missions and is chairman of the charity.
“So our job this year was to convert disused laundry and storage rooms into toilets – one for the boys and one for the girls. We laid a concrete floor, put in the plumbing installed sinks and gave the children hot and cold running water for the first time. We also redecorated many of their classrooms, added murals to walls in the playground and gave them new furnishings. ”
The volunteer team completed the whole job in just six days.
Massive difference made
“Teachers at the school and the children’s parents were gobsmacked by what we’d managed to achieve. They couldn’t believe what we did in the time we were there,” said Rob Brown. “It’s such a great feeling when you know you’ve been able to make a difference to so many lives.”
TEECH’s volunteers and trustees are all totally unpaid and raise money to cover the costs involved in participating in the trips.
“Since last year we’ve been using MyDonate to raise this money,” said Rob Brown. “We chose it because it is a free service and it works beautifully. We previously used a different online service and it cost us money. Fortunately, that’s all changed and it means more money can be directed into our missions.”
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