May 7, 2020

Solidarity goes on

Everything will be fine
Everything will be fine

This year, the Easter period was very strange, for everyone.

In Panciu, Easter was lived with the hope that the Pinocchio Center will open soon again its doors to the children as soon as possible, and the rooms will see its tables occupied by the little smiling guests with the steaming plates in front of them, and the atmosphere will be full of screams and laughter, as before.

In fact, due to the Covid-19 epidemic spreading in Europe, the Romanian government has issued restrictive traffic measures and other directives to prevent the spread of the virus, and since 11st  March 2020 schools have been closed and  they will be closed until next September.

So, the Pinocchio Center has to adapt to the government provisions for the wellbeing of children and of their families. In fact, for them who live in limited and crowded spaces, in precarious hygiene and health situations, the infection is very risky. The block of movements and the reduction of jobs have made situations of poverty even more difficult. 

The Center is closed but the Solidarity goes on...

Monica, the teacher, and Mihaela, the cook, together with the volunteers Agnese, Eva and Estefania are keeping the contacts with the families and the children at home. They are weekly preparing and delivering packages to the children in need with food, clothes, school and hygiene materials.

During the Easter week 14 bags were brought to Valea Brazi, where some of the poorest families of Panciu live.

Monica said "It is difficult to keep the distance: the children ran to me smiling and greetings, my heart broke and tears came to my eyes to see them in that situation, without anything and we are not even allowed to play with them in this period, it is very sad. We have to do something."

That's why we are making an extra effort and we would like to go on and continue delivering basic need issues at home to the poorest families.

We are repeating to ourselves the motto "Everything will be fine". The volunteers wrote it on the wall of the Centro Pinocchio, in Romanian: "Totul va fi bine". 

We really want to thank you for your support and wishing you can tell to other friends about our project and so we will be able to multiply the Solidarity.

The epidemic is stopping many activities but the solidarity can go on!

Totul va fi bine
Totul va fi bine
Preparing the food for the packages
Preparing the food for the packages
Delivering basic need packages at home
Delivering basic need packages at home
Solidarity goes on
Solidarity goes on
Apr 10, 2020

In Italy Covid-19 emergency goes on

Hello,

thanks for your support. Knowing you’re with us makes us feel less alone. Within this global emergency, Italy keeps on living a very difficult situation. In Emilia Romagna the infected are now 17.825, 7.861 of which live in isolation inside their home.

Our first activity is almost completed and it addresses these people: our website sportamiacasa.it which in Italian means “home-deliver me a bag of something” and does exactly so. It reports all home-delivery services offered to isolated people.

Inside its province of residence, a person can look for the social services that respond to their needs and for home-delivering small businesses of the area. Since the start of it, our website answered hundreds of requests.

The same website is needed for volunteers recruiting, and from the beginning we have had a lot of applications.

 You can watch how sportamiacsasa.it works here.

 An important activity starting next week is the baby-sitting service offered to the health personnel’s children, after a short training for our volunteers.

In the next update, we will tell you about this very special experience.

The situation is slowly recovering, but as you can imagine, we always need donors like you, because new medical staff is needed every day replacing the infected doctors and nurses, and thousands of self-protection devices are fundamental in order to prevent the spread of the infection.

 

Thank you for your help and for what you could do in the future.

 

Linda

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Feb 27, 2020

The heart that makes us beat every day

Carnival Party
Carnival Party

Dear Friend,

thanks a lot for your support. It is thanks to people like you that we could open again the Center Pinocchio and its canteen to the children of Panciu after Christmas.

Although with little means we are trying to resist. Even if the local institutions do not support our work, we are trying to continue with the help of the volunteers and the friends like you.

It is hard but we must try for them, the children: the heart that makes us beat every day.

In Romania we normally do not celebrate the Carnival. But, thanks to our Italian volunteers we organized a very great party with a lot of fun! Masks, colors, face painting and fun games animated a wonderful February day.

The children’s laughter, those beautiful smiling faces cheer us up, and tell us that we are doing the right thing, that this is the way forward. And one day we hope that many more people will open their eyes and understand that making a child happy is an investment in the future of the world.

For our periodical report, we would like to share with you a video of one of the volunteer in Panciu: Layma. She is a teacher from Germany. She spent 4 months in the Center Pinocchio helping the staff in the activities with the children.

We wish you a pleasant viewing. Please use the link below to watch the full video:

Video on Layma's testimony

Carnival
Carnival
Carnival #3
Carnival #3
Carnival #4
Carnival #4
 
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