Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers

by Romi's Way
Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers
Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers
Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers
Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers
Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers
Support for 200 vulnerable children and mothers
Dear Donor,

This year has seen the proper start of our project supporting vulnerable mothers and their children. We will soon be publishing some' action photo report' on our social and digital media, so please keep your eye on our facebook and instagram accounts. Did you know we are now also on LinkedIn?

In October we rented an office from Coimbra Centre, mainly to store and sort the donated items for the mothers and to conduct trainigns for our mamamentors. We are so exhited to have a physical location now, and will share some seasonal wishes from our new premises soon.

In order to ensure we are helping the most vulnerbale mothers in need, we have spent the past months meeting and discussing with other local partners who work with abused women, victims of sex trafficing and human trafficking, underage mothers and socially excluded mothers and as a result, we have signed 6 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with them - ensuring we have the best approach to holistically support the mothers. We are soon to be delivering our December item boxes for these mothers, including second hand clothing for the children, books, toys and ecological & biodigradable cleaning products to help the mothers to meet their family's needs for the winter and Christmas season. 

We are now actively seeking for further funding to continue our project activities in 2022, and ideally expand our support from our 2021 target (30 mothers and their children) to 90-100 mothers and their children and to train 10-20 volunteer mama-mentors.

If you would like to continue your support, we are delighted to inform that this Giving Tuesday help us support the ones with the hardest job in the world: mothers! We need your help to keep this super important project going and reach as many mothers as possible.

Many mothers are struggling to support their children and families, particularly due to the increased need for them to stay home during the COVID19 pandemic, limiting income generating opportunities, as well as opportunities to receive physical and mental support. Next year we aim to reach 200 mothers in need and their families. But we can only do it with your help! 
This November 30th, be the hope these mothers need!
Kind regards,
Romi's Way Team
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Dear friend,

Firstly, I want to thank you. For supporting our work and believing that vulnerable children are worth empowerment.

Our work this year is more and more focusing on supporting vulnerable mothers (target 30) and their children ( up to 100) in the Central Portugal region. We are more and more convinced that mothers are the engine behind a balanced, sustainable and compassionate future as they are the primary caretakers and source of values for their children. Healthy, happy and balanced mothers will raise healhy, happy and balanced children.

But many mothers are simply overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted. And some mothers are vulnerable due to past abuse, rape or trauma affecting their every day life. These vulnerable mothers are oftern socially excluded and stigmatised by society and their chidren are facing the same issues. We at Romi's Way want to empower these mothers and their children to find their power and healing.

This autumn we have signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with five local and global Non-Profit Organisations working with victims of human trafficking, women rights and gender based violence in order to centrallised our support to mothers and children in most need. We are in process of training volunteer mentors to work with these famileis, as well as preparing activites in the region that will allow the mothers and children to receive psychosocial support, stress reduction activiteis and equine assisted therapy sessions. 

Please continue following up our project journey, and if possible, consider supportign us in the future too. 

We wish you a wonderful autumn,

Best regards,
Sari Bernardo & Romi's Way team

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Greetings from Portugal!

Fixed plans can be a cause of stress and headache - and they do not work in a world that is subject to continuous change. We are Romi's Way have taken the time to review and adapt out project plans needs to address those within our target groups who need it most, and who are victims or struggling survivors of imbalance.

This process required adapting to COVID pandemic rules and new needs that isolation, loss of income and socialising opportunities have caused to children and their caretakers. Mother2Mother project was born from this need, targeting 250 children and 150 vulnerable mothers in Portugal who are struggling to support the needs and development of their children and who are facing stigma and prejudice from the society. Children are the leaders of the future, and mothers are the power-engine ensuring they have the attitudes, skills and values that it takes to be a good decision maker for the whole planet. Therefore mothers are not just important, but they are crucial for the future of humanity and the planet!

We have focused on proposal development and reaching out to grants & foundations to fund the start of this lovely and super important project fully or partially - with a small investment of around 50,000Euros per year we could indeed have a super impactful project and directly leverage 150 mothers and their 250+ children out from struggles and isolation. 

If we are successful with the project, our next report here is likely to share some development with this project. Fingers and toes crossed!!

Stay healthy, happy and hungry for opportunities to bend & adapt :)

Kindly,


Sari Bernardo
CEO - Romi's Way

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Who would have thought last year this time, that the COVID situation would be having such a significnt effect on most of our lives a year later! Portugal, our home counry being one of the worse situations in 2021 has ensured our activities and efforts to get our hands into face-to-face activities continues to be in halt. 

But, as usual, we have (and will not!) stopped! We have actually prepared a 'COVID related' support project plan targeting struggling young mothers and their children in a way that engages them in two-way communication, sharing and receiving & giving donated itesm of needs. More impornatly, it allows peer support and mother-to-mother comfort to help our 'sisters' who have been affected financially due to COVID or even before the pandemic. 

Our aim as an organisation is to restore balance between humans, animals and enviroment and to remind us all on how that is mainstreamed to all our actions, is that we never seek to 'solve problems' caused by imbalance, but rather to act in a way that eliminates elements contributing to imbalance. For our support project to young mothers, poverty is the underlying imbalancing root cause and therefore our motivation is to leverage the young mothers out of poverty (not necessarily meaning lack of money kind of poverty, but also lack of self-respect, lack of empowerment and lack of joy are forms of poverty that we look into carefully). We look forward to updating you all on the developent of this project, which can be conducted with online and face-to-face modalities. So as usual, keep watching this space and maybe next report would provides some toe-ticklingly exhiting news.

Huge thanks for your continuous support and care!

Kind regards,
Sari Bernardo - CEO & Founding member of Romi's Way

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sorting out donated clothes in Azores Island
sorting out donated clothes in Azores Island

It seems ages ago when we were planning to conduct project activities without COVID restrictions and like for so many organisation, our activities came to halt for months.

We are, however very glad to report that the following actions toke place in the past 3 months:

- in August our big donation of collected clothing and essential items for young mothers and low-income familes in Azores Island, affected by the last year hurricane in the area were all delivered by our local partner Caritas Portugal. Feedback was excellent and these items really came handy. Thank you all who donate funds and items for this small project.
- We also contracted a short term digital media support for few working days a month and a 10-day consultant to support us to connect with private sector actors to parner and support our efforts. For these we are hugely grateful for the small COVID assistance funds received directly from GlobalGiving.

As for other updates, we have developed a Romi's Way School concept and are under discussion for a pilot project in Portugal - land has been indentified to accommodate the project which requires a food-forest-playground land and area to accommodate mobile-classrooms. More about this if we get the funding through (fingers crossed everyone please!).

We are also developing a small cooperation with an internatioal food-forest orgnisation seeking ways to integrate greenareas as mandatory parts of educational spaces and school communities, as well as contributing to the need for childnre to learn about Nature, in Nature and with Nature - in otherwords, to connect the next generation back to the liivng environment.

A small concept promoting "Good Life for All' was created with a 1-minute mini video for social and digital media audience, and we have updated our website a little bit (ongoing process though).

Lastly, we are cooking a campaing to raise awarness for wellbeing issues of animals used in enterttainemt, sports and tourism industry by educating people on the natural needs of these species.

All these small efforts are contributing to our greater aim to bring balance between people (children), animals and the environment.

We are ever so grateful for all your support.


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Romi's Way

Location: Castelo Viegas - Portugal
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