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Dec 5, 2019

Start up process report

During the summer 2019, the Romi's Way team resolved to do something in support of children in Portugal vulnerable to abuse, trauma, disability, neglectance or affected by the low/no-income status of their parents. These circumstances lead children to be at high risk of dropping out of school or facing challenges to keep up with development. We wanted to do this because the future deserves adults who can make healthy decisions for themselves, for their communities, and for living nature around them and for the future in general. Children who suffer from vulnerabilties during their childhood years, have a significantly higher risk ar running into trouble in the later life and making decisions that can be harmful for them, for people and animals around them and for the environment. We strongly consider early mitigation and support to be abcolustly crucial.

Through the ongoing GlobalGiving campaing Romi's Way had a chance to bring our project out and seek global support as well as a partnership with GlobalGiving. In order for the full project to take place and for 200 children to be systematically supported, we are in need of 43,322Euros. We are excited that every donation goes towards this initiative and will be until we reach the final goal. Through the campaign, Romi's Way received 1046Euros from 46 donations. Due to our efforts, we were granted a GlobalGiving partnership and allowed to continue with our campaign as well as take part on future project campaigns. Our whole team is extremely exchited about this!

Since the first-phase of the campaing was closed, we want to provide an update on what has happened to date and what has been done with the given funds so far - noting that we are still in the phase of collecting towards the final goal in order to start the full project: 

- We have held meetings & arranged a future meetings with Coimbra municipality to seek for a land/ building to start as base for the activities (and potentially later as a Romi's Way School) 

- We have made a partnership with European Equine Welfare Association (EEWA) and agreed on the way forward for adopting abused therapy horses to be used for the project, we have also selected the location for the activities and agreed on designing an coloring book addressing animal welfare issues which will be given to the 200 children supported under this project (or if the project is not fully funded, they can be linked to a different activity)

- We have started to prepare supporting materials in Portuguese and will translate them to English in the coming months

- We have covered small legislation and accounting costs, website cost and purchase of official company stamp 

- We held a remote (Skype) board of directors meeting agreeing on the way forward and building on our donor mapping and fundraising strategies 

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