Supporting vulnerable children, youth and mothers in carehomes
By Sari Bernardo | CEO
We at Romi's Way have been discussing the needs of vulnerable children and their caretakers with our local NGO partners, and we all share the concern over the limited resources available and particularly over the mental health and wellbeing of both children and adults. Without cuddles, without a feeling of safety and love - it is not easy to grow up into a kind and loving person.
This year, Romi's Way will have our traditional Christmas campaign to raise funds for children and their mothers living in Care homes. These residents comes from diverse backgrounds, some being victims of human trafficking, some from homes with domestic violence and/or abusive use of alcohol or drugs, some have been excluded from their families due to their sexual orientation or sexual identity. These mothers, children and youth are all extremely vulnerable and in need of supplies, opportunities to be socially included, therapy services and feeling of safety and care.
We want to thank you so much for supporting our work so far and we are grateful for your continuous support.
We take pride in saying that nearly 90% of our campaign funds will be directly provided to support the mothers and children in care homes, so your donation really makes a huge direct impact for the lives of many very vulnerable mothers, children and youth.
In Europe, it is a summer holiday season and many families are heading for a break when children are not in schools or nurseries.
But what if you are a single mother, what if your income level is low and you are to work without holidays? What if you are a mother who is struggling with your physical or mental health? What if you are abused? Can you imagine the extra load these mothers have to carry while raising their children and while planning their activiteis for holiday season.
As always, Romi's Way wants to step up for these mothers and provide them an hour or two of time to rest without worrying about their children. We are planning activities for school-aged children where they can be safely outdoors under adult supervision and take part on guided activities, while mamas can have some valued rest time at home.
Your kind support is greatly valued by our team and volunteers, becasuse of people like you, our work is possible.
We say it a lot, but every time it resonates: Being a mother is the hardest job in the world! In most times, it feels the most rewarding too, but this is the case where we feel supported and balanced to do the hardest job in the world. Imagine doing this while living in hostile environment (war or conflicts in your country or at your home - or worse, both!) or while being the single adult in your family, trying to make everyone's needs met.... Or when you are struggling with your health (physical or mental), and are so sleep deprived you hardly remember your name... Or you have no/ limited income and you are eaten by financial worries.....
Mothers are the backbone of our society, being the primary support function for children (dads are great too, but biologically they cannot replace the role of a mother). We are here to be the voice of those many exhausted, wounded, hurt, struggling, depressed, worried mamas out there, who are doing their best to support their little ones (and mostly putting their own needs last).
Since the war in Ukraine started, Romi's Way has been collecting funds to support our trusted partner in Poland, doing cross-border operations and providing food, clothing and healthcare items for 1045 orphans in Kiev. While we continue doing that with the funds we gather here, we are also acknowledging the needs of mothers living in hostile environments in Ukraine and those who are left to run their families as a single headed household while partners are fighting the war, or have lost their lives. Our heart, our thoughts of love and empowerment and our call for your support is to stand by the mamas in Ukraine, so that they can support their little ones to grow with security, warmth and joy (as much as possible) and look after their own coping and recovery too. Easier to say than do, but with your help, we have a change to support.
Thank you for your kind support so far, people like you makes our work meaningful and address and acute need that is out there in the world.
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