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Counselling for 300 children in Romania

by Te Aud Romania
Counselling for 300 children in Romania

Thank you so much for supporting our Counselling Project. We continuously work to give children the chance to RECOVER from trauma or emotional abuse they have suffered. At the same time, through our workshops, group counselling and personal development programmes we aim to help orphans and disadvantaged children integrate within their communities and help them contribute to a better society in the future.

Your contributions made it possible to provide children with 1:1 counselling. Since December up to now - our number of children that has been provided with 1: 1 counselling has been increasing.

We have also started a personal development programme for 11 diasdvantaged children part of the local rugby club  - to encourage them to perform better in school, overcome their emotional issues and give them a sense of group belonging.

The extra help is so wonderful for them, as it gives these children from very disadvantaged backgrounds, support with their education, which they usually would not receive. 

All of this is only made possible with your help and support - THANK YOU!

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Thank you so very much for your ingoing support for the TAR community. Together we are making a difference in the lives of so many children! 

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All of us as children fear that we would lose one of our parents or, even worse maybe both. However, one can never be prepared enough for the effect of such an overwhelming impact the death of a parent can have on a child.

When Alina first came in to our offices with her mum, she was devastated – she had lost her dad 3 months ago and could not recover from the tragedy. Her school performance weakened ever since and the teacher reported that most times she just stares through the window in the empty space during classes. Her mother brought her in to our programme for the first time 3 weeks ago, being desperate about how to help her child heal and go through the grief process. Currently, our therapist is working with Alina to open up, process her feelings and eventually accept the loss of her parent in order to return to her normal life.

Alex is a child that has been abandoned when he was two and ever since he has been moving around in different foster homes. He is now 15 and extremely intelligent – he is performing very well in school, however he joined our programme with behavioural issues. A life of pain, emotional distress and lack of a feeling of belonging makes him behave like he is always in defensive, argumentative, gets nervous easily and constantly struggles to fit within the society. With help from our therapist, we aim to set Alex on the right track, appeal to his brilliant intelligence, teach him to love oneself and see that he is worthy of a bright future.

These are just two of the most recent cases that our counselling programme is addressing – these are the type of children that we are helping – the ones in high emotional distress that otherwise would be left with hard to handle traumas in life.

We cannot do this alone and we are thankful for your help in making this happen!

As an organisation, we are thriving to help as many children as possible – by including group counselling as part of our project! Between 1 -19 November 2017 we have been part of a series of group counselling sessions for over 120 orphans in the area with the theme – Where there is love, violence does not exist!

At the same time, we have tested 202 children from schools in the area to identify children that need help healing the most.

On the 14th of November, we will travel to a school in a rural area near Gura Humorului where our team of counsellors will talk to over 100 children about the dangers of social media/online communications.

We are constantly developing ways of ensuring that every orphan and disadvantaged child realises their full potential and overcomes the emotional distress that sometimes makes them part of a vicious cycle of unhappiness, misery and eventually bad habits.

But we cannot do this alone – your support is helping us shape the lives of every child part of our counselling programme!

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First of all, a huge thank you to all of you that have supported our Counselling Programme for 300 children in Romania. Your support is making a significant difference in the lives of the orphans and disadvanatged children in the area of Gura Humorului, Romania.

The commencing 3 months of our programme was a period of development for our Counselling Programme. We have managed to develop a system of referrals with the orphanage in town - hosting about 140 children in various locations in town; the schools located in the surrounding villages and the schools in town as well.

Thanks to your generous donations, we have managed to acquire the equipment and the Assesment and Testing Software for the programme.

Our project supports key concepts such as promoting equality and diversity, building strategic personal development plans for each child we counsell in pursuit of our goal - assisting orphans and disadvanatged children realise their full potential and become the best version of themselves.

Currently, we are providing counselling for 10 children that we have been referred to and we are hoping to increase that number to 50 by September.

We have also signed a partnership with the local rugby team to provide support - currently 60 % from the children playing rugby come from disadvanatged backgrounds.  Our therapist has also completed a Psychology in Sport course to be able to move forward with the partnership. Together with the local sports club - we have already received a number of referrals for disadvantaged children with behavioural issue for the Counselling Programme.

A big thank you to all of our supporters for giving the opportunity to these children to overcome their emotional trauma! As soon as our first chilld graduates the program - we will come back to you with a report!

All of us at Te Aud Romania have no words to express the gratitude for helping these children! Mental health and emotional well-being is one of the most important aspects of these children's development!

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Te Aud Romania

Location: Gura Humorului - Romania
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Project Leader:
Gabriela Popescu
Gura Humorului, Romania

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