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THERE ARE NO STRANGERS HERE

During July 10-21 in Vadu lui Voda an international project "Sources of Tolerance", which attracted more than 100 children from 11 to 17 years - from the Armenian, Bulgarian, Gagauz, Greek, Georgian, Hebrew, Moldovan, Polish, Romani, Russian, Ukrainian communities, participants from Moldova, Ukraine and Russia International worked successfully. 

What we absorb in our childhood manifests itself in the future. The guys who got "vaccine of tolerance" will not appear xenophobia, racial or national hostility in adult life. 

Seven years ago, at the Jewish Cultural Center KEDEM, the Tolerance club was established, which is already the third year in a row the main organizer of the "Sources of Tolerance" in partnership with the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress. This year, the program was supported by the Embassies of the United States, Poland and Russia in the Republic of Moldova, the Netherlands Embassy in Ukraine and Moldova, the United Nations Agency for Refugees. Restaurant Gok-Oguz sponsored stay in the camp of several children of the Gagauz community.

Project Coordinator in Moldova Kira Kreiderman stressed: "It is important not only to provide information, but also to help realize the feelings of people of other nationalities, climb into their skin, see the world through their eyes. This leads to the so-called immersion method where participants learn the lives of other people through language, history, traditions, values, culture and cuisine. As if they found themselves in a Moldovan or Gagauz village, or in another country, for example, Bulgaria or Israel. "

Teachers and youth leaders of different ethnic communities work in the camp promoting their native language and culture. Together with the children they prepare their national day and evening event.

Jewish day included Shabbat: Kiddush, the lighting of candles. On the tables were challahs, hummus and other dishes of the national cuisine.

Eugene Munteanu, a graduate of the theoretical lyceum Antiochus Cantemir, attends Club tolerance two years, he took part in the specialized seminars and goes to camp as a teacher. He likes to interact with the children, he finds it very important.
“As a child I attended the Romanian kindergarten but in high school studied Russian. We have paid great attention to the study of Romanian, so almost all of the graduates are fluent in that language. Many of my friends are from mixed families. Therefore, our country can not be mono-ethnic. And the society to be united and developing needs to know and respect the cultural and national characteristics of each other.”

As told Kira Kreiderman, one of the participants at the end of in the similar Georgian camp wrote: "When I was going here, my friends said," Are you not afraid? There are all strangers!” Now I will go back and tell everyone that there were no strangers"...