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Alyssa Gurkas - Empowering Women through Skill Development in Moldova

Fully Funded

This Project is fully Funded! Thank you for your donations! Please check back for project updates and for a full report once the project is complete.


In Moldova, rates of violence against women are unfortunately high as a study conducted by the National Bureau of Statistics reported that 63 percent of women experience psychological, physical or sexual violence from their husband or partner. Additionally, one in ten women experience economic violence at least once. In efforts to combat violence against women and empower the female population within a small town in Moldova, seminars on domestic violence, financial literacy, online safety, and technical trainings will be offered. This project will create a community space and benefit 15 teachers, 20 parents, and 50 students from middle school “Mihai Viteazul”. 

In order to better understand the needs of the students and teachers at “Mihai Viteazul,” we conducted surveys with teachers and faculty from HânceČ™ti as well as students. The surveys inquired about the needs of the school, the access to resources they have, and areas of interest for the students and faculty. When asked to respond to issues the community faces, 30% of students reported that the school was in need of reparations, new furniture, or better conditions. By allowing the teachers and students of the “Mihai Viteazul” school to have adequate conditions, we will be able to motivate students and teachers to become more involved in the community. This project will include seminars on promotion of gender tolerance, diversity, and empower the female faculty of “Mihai Viteazul”

The community room at “Mihai Viteazul” will be used to host seminars, meetings for community assemblies, and trainings for students. The funds will be used to purchase a smartboard, computer, speakers, printer, paper, markers, flip-chart, notebooks, lunches for seminars. The community has already contributed 15 desks and chairs for the community room and will purchase a laptop and an additional teacher's desk. In addition, the library has agreed to let the middle school use their space for the programming workshops and faculty's seminars on basic computer skills. These funds will also enable the faculty to improve their technology skills through weekly trainings and 4 seminars including Digital Tools in the Classroom, Modern Methods of learning, and teaching.

Alyssa was awarded a SPA grant during her service, but upon being evacuated had to return the grant.  Alyssa currently lives in New Jersey.


NPCA invests 85 percent of the total donations directly to support this project and 15 percent where needed most to support service administration and our overall mission.

Funded: $5,621.00
Goal: $5,621.00