Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Where in the world is Moldova?

In east-central Europe, silly, between Ukraine and Romania.   People in Moldova, speak Moldovan, but there are several other languages spoken too, including Russian, Ukrainian, Gagauz, Bulgarian and Polish, owing to Moldova's location at the confluence of historic European and Asian empires.

Moldova also happens to the be place where C.K. McClatchy High alum, Elizabeth Scheff (class of '04 and UC Santa Cruz grad), currently serves with the Peace Corps.    Elizabeth contacted us recently with news of her work in the village of Chiscareni, where she teaches health classes to 1st-7th graders at the local school and presents seminars at the village medical center.   She and her teaching partner are reaching out beyond Chiscareni to seek money for a project they've launched to replace the school's decrepit outdoor toilets with hygienic indoor facilities.   The Peace Corps has provided a nice link and the ability to donate in any amount to this worthy project.   Check it out here.

Also, any in-coming McClatchy senior interested in creating and implementing a "marketing" and fundraising effort for this as your senior project, please let Ms. Wong or me know.  


  1. ...Bill Marcus left this on facebookJuly 21, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    I'm a friend of Ms. Jablonski from the way-back period when she worked on energy issues before she became a teacher. Moldova is a real place next to Romania and Ukraine (and they probably do some mean folk dances there - I was a Balkan folk dance nerd in a former life - could do all those Romanian and Bulgarina and Macedonian and Croatian dances - spent a summer in Yugoslavia in 1977 before it split into 6 countries). But someone wrote a travel guide to "Moldavia" (not to be confused with the real place) that is a classic satire of all the Rough Guides and Fodors' and Lonely Planet books you might ever read before taking a trip. It would be fun to try to find that weird book some time.

  2. ...and Leslie Bowman MarcusJuly 21, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    I know exactly where it is in our home, Bill Marcus, and will dig it out immediately! And for Ms. Jablonki's Class Blog, just so you know, Moldova is, in the world, the Very Best Place To Be, since I am the Princesss of that place!