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Make a Difference Have you 'made a difference' while travelling, by fundraising or donating time and energy to a worthwhile cause? Are you a non-profit organisation or individual who knows of an opportunity for travellers to help out in a less developed country? Tell us about it and provide contact details.
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Old 29 May 2008
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The Orphanage in Calarasi, Moldova

Last year I rode from my home in Southwest Germany to the Black Sea. On the way, I visited the orphanage and school for mentally handicapped children in Calarasi, Moldova - an experience which prompted me to do something to help the poor kids there. To be able to raise some money for them, I decided to write a book about motorcycling in Eastern Europe, which of course includes the ride from Bühl to Calarasi and back.

The book was officially launched at the first Horizons Unlimited Germany Meeting, but I still have a lot of books to sell in order to raise enough money to renovate the remaining 7 toilets there, which urgently need some attention - see the attached photos for an idea of the current condition.

Hopefully, you’ll support my chosen cause by buying a book. Actually, don't think of it as buying a book, but giving money to a poor orphanage and getting the book for free! I am paying all of the printing costs myself, so that every single penny/cent earned from the €15 (approx. GBP 12) cover price can go directly to the orphanage.

The main book data is as follows:

126 pages, printed on high quality art paper
82 colour photographs
11 maps
English language
Every single cent of the €15,00 cover price goes to the orphanage in Calarasi

For more information on the book and a couple of extracts, please go to http://www.jeder-kilometer-zaehlt.de/EN.html and click on “News”.

Please PM me if you would like to contribute and thank you in advance for your kind support!

Dave
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So you pay for the printing yourself and give all income as donations. I think you really belive in it then.


I will buy one even though I usually don't read travellers stories (I prefer to experience them myself).

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So you pay for the printing yourself and give all income as donations. I think you really belive in it then.
Yes, I do believe it's a worthy cause.

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I will buy one even though I usually don't read travellers stories (I prefer to experience them myself).

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Thank you Peter. I've sent a PM back.
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I'm In Calarasi

Hello,

I'm an American Peace Corps Volunteer working in a village outside of, Calarasi, Moldova. I toured in the US a lot before coming here to volunteer for 2 years. I hope to someday do an around the world tour.

Anyway, what orphanage are you supporting and how did you come to find them? If there is anything I can do to help you from here let me know. I speak fluent Romanian now. Do you have any plans to come back here in the near future?

Ryan

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Hi Ryan,

It's a real shame you weren't there a year ago when I was there. There are several orphanages in Rayon Calarasi, but the one we're supporting is the one in the town. As you probably know by now, street signs are not a Moldovan stong point, so I can't tell you which street it's in, but I could give you the GPS coordinated.

As you may know, Bühl in Germany is one of the twin-towns of Calarasi, whicg is how I got involved - through the local goverment.

I wanted to return this year, but due to changee in jobs which involves a lot of travelling, I will be on a business trip (actually, in the US) when the next visit from Bühk will take place. Don't be surprised when 15 German cyclists, plus local government members, support vehicles and the like decend on the town in about three weeks from now. They will have an interpreter with them, plus one cyclist from Calarasi is on his way here now to be able to ride with them.

I really appreciate the offer of help, and if you don't mind, I may well call on your help if need be. The only problem is that most of the guys coming over only speak German with only one or two English spreakers amongst them.

All being well, I may visit towards the end of this year, or if that fails, next year definitely. If you're still there, I'll be sure to look you up!

Many thanks once again and enjoy the Calarasi night life
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Bummer, Actually I was here a year ago. I'm actually in a village about 16km outside of Calarasi. I'm familiar with the orphanage there, but I haven't visited, although I've been to a couple others.

Feel free to give my info to the guys coming. My cell phone number is (sent via PM.) If something happens, I do happen to know a German working in Chisinau who knows Romanian and English too.

Any chance you would be willing to sell me a digital copy of your book? I could paypal you the money. I promise I won't distribute the digital copy. I want to buy the book, but won't have any room to take books home with me in November. :-)

Ryan

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Hi Ryan,

Once again, many thanks for your offer. If you really don't mind, I'll pass the info on to the leader of the cycle group. Although it's much appreciated, I'm not sure whether you should be posting you cellphone number on the internet - PM would probably be better in the future. Regarding a digital version of the book, I'll PM you.

Best regards

Dave
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Unfortunately, I just registered on the forum and don't have the required 8 posts to do a PM. I'm can't figure there are too many people out there looking to spend money calling a prepaid phone in Moldova at > $0.25 per minute.
I did edit my post to remove the number though. If you haven't recorded it yet I assume you can PM me and i can reply.
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Just read your book Dave - superb selfless effort on your part and a very, very worthy cause for anyone not sure about buying the book
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Many thanks for the kind words! Sales are going well and I've already raised over €1200 from kind-hearted souls buying books. I'm hoping to sell a few at the HU Meeting in the UK this coming Saturday. If you're there, I hope to be able to say hello to you.
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Bought your book from the ukgser forum, read it and enjoyed it!
Maybe catch up with you at the horizons meet this weekend
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Many thanks to all at the HU Meeting this weekend that either bought a book or attended my talk/presentation (and an extra special thanks to those that did both ).

It was great to finally put faces to the many names I know from this site (plus a couple of others) and I had a really enjoyable day yesterday chatting to so many great people.

Cheers once again!

Dave
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Sold Out!

I’m pleased to be able to say that I’ve now sold out of books. Thank you to everyone who supported the fundraising action by buying books and a very special thank you to all those who also sent additional donations. I have just handed over a cheque for a whopping €2807,37 to the project. Some work has already been carried out at the orphanage using the project money, the most important being a complete new roof, so hopefully the damp walls and ceilings are now a thing of the past.

I hope to visit the orphanage again next year. If this works out, I’ll post an update following my return.

Thank you once again and a very happy new year to you all!

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Only just picked up on this tread... well done Dave, thats brilliant; could do with a few more people in the world like you!
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