The Urban Center seeks to influence and shape a new generation of young and passionate leaders, who will be capable of taking responsibility
for making a real difference to the situation in Moldova.
Meeting face to face with victims of human trafficking, BOL realized that the nightmare these people have faced in their lives could happen again if someone will not give them a helping hand. That’s why, in March 2009, BOL established a center for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation. The name ‘House of Change’ reflects the alternatives provided for women in need of healing:
The purpose of this center is primarily to protect young girls from violence, exploitation and trafficking networks, along with help in developing a consistent and holistic character.
The target groups are victims of domestic violence and sexual exploitation, as well as people who suffer from loneliness and depression. At the same time, BOL aims to identify and develop the skills of gifted children. Arts festivals, exhibitions and fairs bring additional incentives to improve people’s self-esteem and hope for the future.
Recognizing the desperate situations faced by vulnerable groups of Moldovan society, BOL opened a humanitarian aid center with the aim of providing assistance to the most vulnerable and needy.
For artists, an exhibition is always a means of expressing events and influences in their life. In early days of summer, Psychological Art Studio organized a 3rd Exhibition of Paintings, Handicrafts and Pottery Art-Works.
In spite of the cold weather outside, our team from Urban Center Balti has performed an amazing public awareness event in the center of the city. Their goal was to motivate people take into consideration their often ignorance towards violence, marginalization and exploitation happening around them every day.
In August BOL held a summer camp for vulnerable teenagers within the framework of Be Different Program. Since the number of participants in the program in the past year has doubled, the team separated the camp into two shifts over ten days, with 195 teenagers (aged 10-16) taking part.
On 12th of October Way to Success organized a special reunion for about 75 graduates of the courses. The gathering offered plenty of room for interactions with each other, discussions, joyful time and opportunity to see each other’s achievements after graduation and influence they have built in relationships with others.
Since 2008, BOL regularly conducts research on current social issues and problems within Moldovan society, seeking to fully understand them and find relevant answers. All the results of these studies are published in books, manuals and articles.