In 2015, Te Aud Romania Foundation (TAR ) raised awareness for the first time about social development through sports in Suceava County. Eight years later since the official launch of the foundation, we have over 37,000 direct beneficiaries of the projects carried out by TAR, gathered in countless events to help children and young people develop harmoniously and prepare them for adult life. The common denominator for all of these children is EDUCATION.
As a charity focused on non-formal educational programs for children, we have worked alongside national and international partners to develop medium to long term solutions for all of our children, including the Ukrainian refugee children fleeing away from the war and taking shelter in Suceava county.
Sports for change
Sport has been attributed to building stronger communities, as a tool for social development for many decades now, at international level. Rugby for all, a program you are all acquainted with, has been maximising the role of sport in youth development since 2017. Our project has gained a new dimension.
We have launched the Sports for change guide – the first attempt on the Romanian market to provide organisations and communities across the country with methodology and good practices in order to increase the social impact of sports in Romania. The Rugby for all story is a book that encourages all of those involved in grass root sports to share their stories with the world, promote them and implement projects that further contribute to sports role as a changemaker in societies.
We started a series of communication workshops for all of our students, designed and implemented by Oana Vasiliu - TAR communications' expert. The main conversation points were centred around social media importance and best practices for the future.
The power of sports to address key societal issues has extended to the refugee paradigm. We have supported 37 UA refugee children aged 7 -16 and 15 Romanian children to further integrate in their host county via a week of dedicated sport events and activities.
We continue the vocational testing within Steps Towards the Future program, the project supported by the We Care Foundation / Noua Ne Pasa for 75 children, aged 13-14.
The orphanages of Romania have shocked the entire world in 1989. The truth is that since then, social protection policies and methodologies have massively improved, with commitment from public actors, non-governmental organisations and other public actors involved in the field.
Particularly for Suceava county, we have celebrated at the back end of last year, their 25 years of service for children and adults with disabilities in the region. The moment was marked by the launch of a book that shows the progress, their activity report, the courage and commitment of external entities, but above all – it places their beneficiaries at the forefront of everything we do.
Social protection – between a pandemic and a war, the book launched on 25th November 2022, portrays a series of stories written by children and adults with disabilities from Suceava county, under the great care and guidance of Oana Vasiliu, freelance journalist & communication specialist for Te Aud Romania, courtesy of Nadia Cretuleac, director of DGASPC Suceava.
Projects for 2023
Te Aud Romania launches Leadership Together in partnership with Beyond Sport Foundation, a project which aims to equip sport technicians with much required abilities in order to further promote the role of sport and enhance its part in building a better future.
Being a grassroot organization is not always easy, we can’t employ a one-size-fits-all-approach to address all issues discovered on the field, but we struggle to bring hope for those truly in need. And for this, we thank you for your goodwill and implication with Te Aud Romania.
We come back to you with an outline of our educational projects for this autumn:
Partnership with 3M Romania
Te Aud Romania Foundation through 3M Romania partnership will equip three rural schools from Suceava County with computer labs this school year.
UA REFUGEE SITUATION
We started Integration Without Borders project - intended to support the social integration into the community of approximately 200 Ukrainian children, who are currently based in Suceava county. The intervention is supported by United Way Romania.
Human trafficking with eLiberare
Up until now, 6 schools from the Suceava County have been part of Together for a Safer Future campaign - an awareness campaign on the prevention of human trafficking held by eLiberare.
Vocational testing with the support of We Care Foundation
We continue the vocational testing within Steps Towards the Future program, the project supported by the We Care Foundation / Noua Ne Pasa.
Last week, we went to NGO LEADERSHIP WORSHOP, an intensive training session in Warsaw (Poland), on how we work with refugees, courtesy of Education for Democracy Foundation, University of Michigan Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia and William Davidson Institute.
Thank you for all of your support in our endeavours!!
What we have been up to this summer
Mini Rugby for All
15 teams all over Romania (U8, U10, U12) participated at the national tournament organised by the Rugby Federation in Gura Humorului at the end of July.
The start of the second half of the season saw four new young players within the team. Marian and Mihai-Iulian, two of our Rugby for all mentees, part of Rugby CSS Gura Humorului, have made the step to senior rugby; alongside Matei, who plays for CSA Steaua junior U19 team.
At the same time, we welcome our first international player from South Africa – Rohan, who had an amazing debut against Suceava, scoring one of our tries, alongside Sebi and Claudiu.
Rugby for All
We are currently receiving submissions for 2022-2023 season. Teenagers between 14-17 years old are welcomed to develop their own skills at the highest degree.
Creative Writing Summer Camp
At the beginning of August, over 35 teenagers from Suceava county’s child protection services took part in a creative writing summer camp. For 5 days, the participants worked around the pandemic theme, writing down their feelings and thoughts on how they handled the situation. The result is going to be a collective brochure of feelings and experiences during the last two years, courtesy of DGASPC Suceava and Suceava County Council.
Over 6 months of war
Te Aud Romania has offered logistical, financial and humanitarian support over 900.000 Euros, ever since the Ukrainian refugee crisis has started. All of this was made possible with support from individual donors, as well as a high number of national and international partners that have joined our endeavours.
As a charity focused on non-formal educational programs for children, we will work alongside national and international partners to develop medium to long term solutions to integrate Ukrainian refugee children within the community and provide a safe and appropriate environment to alleviate the pain and grow. The start of the new school year comes with several challenges for these kids, so if you want to get involved, please reply to this email to work along.
TAR have now distributed the 10,000 backpacks from Packed with Hope campaign. Together, we have reached souls and delivered smiles all across Romania and Ukraine.
Sneak Peak into our coming month
September 2022 means new school year, new projects and a lot of surprises: stay tuned to see what’s on.
Mass Media Overview
We shared a series of opinions for Ziare.com on what war means and the impact of our programme, but also partnerships with other NGOs who work with refugees and for whom we provided the backpacks, such as Hope and Homes for Children.
For the first time, Rugby Club Gura Humorului’s match on the 4th June was live on Romanian national TV channel TVR1, starting 12:00. This is our first nationally broadcast match, bringing alongside it a lot of pressure and emotion for everyone involved.
In the next couple of weeks, we will face some of the toughest teams in Romania and our main priority is providing our supporters with good rugby, our players with improvement opportunities, with our player welfare in mind at all times.
For Rugby for All, May meant several personal development meetings and a series of victories: U19 team gained 4th place nationally, while 8 of the players came out on the 3rd place nationally at U17.
Over May 2022, we continued with financial education workshops in several schools across Suceava county. Furthermore, we organized two tournaments, one at the beginning of May, with over 100 children, and the other is happening right now, for over 500 children.
Over 3 months of war
TAR has offered logistical, financial and humanitarian support over 900,000 Euros ever since the Ukrainian refugee crisis has started. All of this was made possible with support from individual donors, as well as a high number of national and international partners that have joined our endeavours.
As a charity focused on non-formal educational programs for children, we will work alongside national and international partners to develop medium to long term integration solutions to integrate Ukrainian refugee children within the community and provide a safe and appropriate environment to alleviate the pain.
Besides offering backpacks with essentials from both School in a Bag and Packed with Hope initiatives, we also organised the first swimming competition with both Romanian and Ukrainian children.
The initiative Packed with Hope was mentioned on the front page of Financial Times, and we talked with BBC Radio 4 about our activities regarding Ukrainian refugees.
Furthermore, several national TV stations have mentioned the importance of rugby and our work in Gura Humorului, for both children and Rugby Club Gura Humorului team.
Sneak peak into June
June 2022 will continue with the distribution of our fully equipped schoolbags in schools in Ukraine.
Steps towards the future program takes place in several schools to encourage children to discover more about themselves.
We are also in the process of organising a series of summer events = for both Ukrainian refugees and children from our communities: sport events and International Summer Camp, amongst others.
All of this was made possible with your support! Thank you!
28th February 2022, Dorset, England.
A 10-year-old boy named Luca returned home from school, having discussed about the armed conflict in Ukraine that had recently started.
Instead of doing his homework, Luca grabbed a napkin and imagined himself in the shoes of a Ukrainian child.
– Mummy, mummy, we have to do something to help them! Said Luca, as he handed over the composition to his mum.
Those words turned Grace, Luca’s mom, into an army general, with a mission to develop a response to her son’s request.
But Grace was not alone. So, for the following seven weeks, she gathered around her a proper army of people supporting this amazing initiative named Packed with Hope.
18th April 2022, Suceava, Romania.
Grace and a small part of the people that have supported her in the journey have landed in Suceava airport, for a week that was about to change not only their lives but also provide important resources for over 10,000 Ukrainian refugee children that are either residing or passing through Romanian borders.
All 10,000 backpacks that have reached Romania all the way from the U.K. are packed with goodies, essential items and educational books in Ukrainian for children, spread over 4 age groups: 0-4, 4- 8, 8 – 12, 12-16 years old. Resources within each backpack come from a variety of companies, including Hewlett Packard and an international publisher that, in record time, translated and printed a mother tongue book for children fleeing away from the war.
But above all, each and every one of those backpacks are Packed with Hope and carry a bit of Luca in them, as Luca inspired over 10,000 British children to write an honest thought of support for Ukrainian children to find within each and every backpack.
Grace (Little Toller Books ltd), Kevin Duffy (Bluemoose Books), Inna Bilonozhko, Ania Osipenko, Lucas Simon, Zoe Fox and Horatio Clare is the entire group that throughout the course of the past week have reached the hearts of hundreds of refugee children across Suceava. And this is only the start of it all.
It has been an intense week for everyone involved with amazing results:
Over 200 children across Suceava county have been delivered backpacks by Grace herself
Schoolinabag (Luke and Zoe) successfully equipped over 300 children, both in Ukraine and Romania, and set them ready for school
Packed with Hope spent two days at the border of Siret
And our promise, as their partner on the ground, is that a Packed with Hope backpack shall reach every Ukrainian refugee child that will pass through Romanian borders and every child that needs hope, now more than ever.
Our special thanks go to award winning writer and journalist Horatio Clare that has gone the extra mile, travelling in one of the lorries with the backpacks, to document it all, for a specially commissioned radio program for the BBC and for the Financial Times.
Every Ukrainian child is entitled to our support, protection, care and above all – our love.
In the news:
BBC - Ukraine war: Refugee children to be sent 10,000 aid backpacks
BBC - Ukraine war: UK publishers take gifted books to children
Te Aud Romania has offered logistical, financial and humanitarian support over 850,000 Euros, ever since the Ukrainian refugee crisis has started. All of this was made possible with support from individual donors, as well as a high number of national and international partners that have joined our endeavours.
As a charity focused on non-formal educational programs for children, we will work alongside national and international partners to develop medium to long term solutions to integrate Ukrainian refugee children within the community and provide a safe and appropriate environment to alleviate the pain and grow.
Sneak peak into our coming month
May 2022 will continue with the distribution of our fully equipped schoolbags in schools where Ukrainian refugees started to study.
Furthermore, „Steps towards the future” program is taking place in several schools and encourage children to discover more about themselves.
We are organizing a series of summer events - for both Ukrainian refugees and children from our communities: sports events and the International English Summer Camp, among others.
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