Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children

by IBO ITALIA
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children
Education for 50 disadvantaged Romanian children

Project Report | Jun 12, 2017
Centre Pinocchio: time for balance and reflection!

By Letizia Sabba | Project Leader

Cooking workshop
Cooking workshop

The last two months at the Centre Pinocchio have been an occasion to stop, take a breath, look back at all the activities realized in 2016 -2017 and reflect upon achieved results. Of course, also about next steps and new projects!

For what concerns the socio-educational services offered by the Centre Pinocchio, these are the major results of our work:

  • enrollment of all beneficiary children in the scholastic year 2016-2017: everyone was ready to start, clean, well-dressed and with his/her backpack. Now that we are almost at the end of the year, we're looking forward to celebrate with the children and to discover final evaluations;
  • weekly monitoring of school attendance, constant dialogue with teachers and families, educators' interventions whenever needed (long absence from school, scarce learning results, sanitary/health problems);
  • realization of workshops on education to hygiene and on the discover of human body, also providing children with toothpaste and toothbrushes, anti-lice treatments (when needed), soaps. Main objective of this action is to sensitize beneficiaries about the importance of taking care of themselves, of preventing health problems;
  • daily service of canteen, offering a medium of 30 lunchs and snacks per day;
  • daily service of “breakfast at the statue” for the children attending the school;
  • cooking workshops (fruit salad, pizza, typical Romanian dishes) with the children for fostering education to a healthy nutrition and lifestyle;
  • weekly home visits to the Roma families of the children attending the centre, realized by the social worker together with the sanitary mediator (dialogue with parents, monitoring of socio-educational situations, etc.);
  • participation in 2 European mobility projects for teenagers, allowing disadvantaged youngsters to take part in youth exchnages experiences in Romania and abroad;
  • 2 donations of didactic material to 40 children needing support to be enrolled and to attend school: watercolors, glue sticks, markers, pencils, pens, notebooks, sketchbooks, scissors, ruler, pencil sharpener, etc.;
  • weekly donations of clothes for the children, in order to facilitate their regular attendance at school;
  • 2 donations of food to the beneficiary families of the centre. On the occasion of Easter and Christmas, we managed to donate a “food box” to the 24 families containing flour, chicken, oil, eggs, rice, tomato sauce, sweets;
  • 1 excursion in the sorroundings of Panciu, attended by 24 children, the local staff and a group of 10 international volunteers. Dynamic games, a bath in the river, a pic-nic all together: just some simple ingredients for a special day;
  • 3 meetings with parents about the importance of education and school, about rules and positive behaviours with children, about individual and group counselling sessions, prevention of scholastic drop-out, vagrancy and youth delinquency;
  • 2 “Open Lunch” events for mothers, offering children and mums the possibility to stay together for a serene day, to talk and play, to show children's learning achievements;
  • opening of a “Social Laundry Space”, where the families of the Centre Pinocchio can come to wash and dry their clothes and home linen. This new service has been conceived as another further instrument for the prevention of scholastic dropout. Too often, indeed, Roma children don't go to school because they have dirty clothes or because they washed their clothes but they didn't dry them off in time for lessons. Up to now, it's still a pilot project, taht needs to be further promoted, but a couple of families already started benefitting from it.

A lot of the mentioned achievements have been possibile thanks to the kind and trustful support of GlobalGiving's donors. We are pleased and happy to have donors interested in fostering the right to education and to a better future for everybody. We'll continue walking on this route, with the hope of being continuously supported by hearty people!

We would like to add that the Centre Pinocchio is also strongly committed in promoting volunteering: in the last year more than 100 volunteers form Romania, Italy, Spain, Germany have been involved in socio-educational activities for the benefit of the children. This constitutes an added value for the children's future, for opening their minds to new cultures and people. As one of ours long-term volunteers, Elisa form Italy, wrote: “I understood that I didn't need a lot of words because with the children is always simple to know each other. When they hold you hand, they have already choosen to trust you (Valvirdis). The Centre Pinocchio is a second family not only for the children, but also for volunteers. When you are away from home, for a long time, you need to find someone who fills in the love that you temporarily lost. I found it here, with the local staff and the copii (children). They fill every piece of void inside me. To take care of someone who needs your help is a magnificient experience, among the most fulfilling that can happen in your life; in addittion, it is even more beautiful if you are repaid with hugs and smiles”.

Discover human body
Discover human body
Workshop with mums and children
Workshop with mums and children
Home visit to families
Home visit to families
Let's paint!
Let's paint!
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Mar 20, 2017
A bright fire lives in the eyes of the children

By Letizia Sabba | Project Leader

Jan 26, 2017
Let's start with a smiling breakfast!

By Letizia Sabba | Project Leader

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Federica Gruppioni
Ferrara , Ferrara Italy

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