Local volunteer, Andy Fitt, has been working with TEECH, a small, independent Colchester based charity, whose vision is to improve the lives of those living in Eastern Europe, who by no fault of their own are living in conditions not seen in Western Europe since before the war. One of the charity’s aims is to install sanitary ware in schools, orphanages and residences for the elderly, where no indoor toilets exist. The charity also delivers clothing, toys and shoes to local communities.
Last year, Andy was a member of a group of 15 volunteers going to Moldova to work in two schools - installing indoor toilet and washing facilities. Existing facilities in most schools in Moldova are little more than a brick outhouse, with a concrete floor, and holes over a pit.
The team arrived in the village of Slovenca in the late afternoon/early evening - ready to convert a classroom into bathroom facilities. They painted the walls, and put up stud walls to divide the room into two, including a small lobby area. Next they installed all the sanitary ware - the toilets and hand basins, toilet cubicle partitions etc. as well as new lighting, hand driers, a water heater, and a septic tank.
4 days later Andy and the team moved on to the village school in Mindresti Noi where there were two rooms to convert into bathrooms for girls and boys.
In addition to all the practical work the team took turns to head out and about in the local communities distributing food boxes, medical supplies and clothing etc. They also delivered donated food and bottled water supplies to the Ukrainian refugee centre in Balti.
Altogether, Andy was away for two and a half weeks, with 7 days of travelling and 10 days in Moldova. Outbound travel was continuous until crossing into Romania at the end of day 2. The return journey again involved a stop in Romania, and another in Hungary, and then a mad dash across Europe to reach Calais by 4am the following day.
For more information about TEECH, past year’s projects and the recent Christmas trip to Moldova to deliver humanitarian aid, medical supplies, food boxes, and Christmas shoeboxes for the children please go to: https://teechorg.weebly.com/
Andy's trip to Moldova