Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania

by Children's Helpers Worldwide
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Tutoring & Support for 19 Village Children,Romania
Romi
Romi

Thank you so much to each and every person who has made Refugiu's tutoring programme possible! 

CHW started fundraising for this programme back in 2013. Since 2015, it has been completely funded through our GlobalGiving page. This is just amazing and we want to thank you for being a part of this. Robert, the Head of Refugiu, will now be focussing more on some of the other projects he has started in the village of Tarlungeni, such as assisting families with birth and ID registrations, access to healthcare and the distribution of resources, like food and clothes. He has said that an education project run by another organisation is now running in Tarlungeni, in the same place where he was tutoring. We were glad to hear about this programme for the children. As our GlobalGiving page was made to support Refugiu's tutoring programme, we will be closing it. We cannot thank you enough for all your help and support over the past three years! CHW will continue to work with Refugiu and Robert has already sent us an appeal for funding for winter coats and boots for the children that Refugiu assists! 

Thanks to your support, school items, shoes and clothes could be provided for the children before school started in September. This was a great help, as it meant the children were prepared for the new school year. 

Robert gave an update on a boy called Romi. Romi is thirteen and found it difficult to focus and had other difficulties with learning. He is now in Grade 5. He has attended the programme for the last few years.  When he started, his mother did not even think he could succeed in school as she did not believe he could manage. Robert said: "I worked a lot with him because he did not have the power to concentrate. He could not remember letters and he did not know the colours. For more than two years, we have worked together and now Romi reads, writes (it is still difficult for him, but he can now write!) counts and is a smart boy. We succeeded!

The children have really benefitted from the tutoring programme, and this is something that will always help them, as education is so important. 

Thank you very much to FAST, another Romanian charity, for introducing us to Refugiu and for forming this link between Refugiu and CHW. Refugiu has been using a classroom in a building constructed by FAST for this programme throughout the years. Both organisations are doing great work in Tarlungeni (and FAST also has other projects in the surrounding area too).

A massive thank you to each person who made it possible to continue with the tutoring programme. This started as a small project to support the children of one family, who had lost their father to cancer, and grew to benefit those children and others from this community. Updates from Refugiu will be shared on our Facebook page from time to time, so please do visit it, to see how the children in Tarlungeni are doing! We also have some other projects on GlobalGiving, so please feel free to take a look. 

We are so grateful to you for the difference you have made for these children.

New Items for School
New Items for School
New shoes and clothes in September
New shoes and clothes in September

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Nuta, who attends the tutoring programme
Nuta, who attends the tutoring programme

Thank you very much for supporting Refugiu's tutoring programme in Romania, through CHW's page on GlobalGiving! Your support is making a big difference for the children. 

Robert, the Head of Refugiu has given the following updates: 

At the tutoring programme, the children in the younger group have been learning their colours, shapes and letters. They are all doing well and making progress. As well as being helped with the subjects they take at school, the children and teenagers in the older group have been learning about good behaviour in public and in society. 

Refugiu also assists children with hospital visits if they fall ill. Over the summer, one little girl, Amalia, hurt her hand, and it needed to have a plaster cast, so Refugiu made sure Amalia could go to the hospital. A little boy, Romi, broke his leg. Sara Andreea, a baby girl in the village, also needed hospital treatment and Refugiu was able to help. 

When children reach the age of fourteen in Romania, they are supposed to get a National Identity Card. In the village, some of the families struggle with getting these issued and Refugiu helped around five young people to obtain their Identity Cards over the past couple of months. 

Refugiu continues to distribute food to some of the families of children who attend the tutoring programme and we are grateful to CHW's supporters who make this possible. 

One teenager who attends the tutoring programme, Nuta, is thirteen years old. She will be going into eighth grade in September. She has attended the programme for a few years and has made real progress. Robert says, "When I started the programme with her, she only knew a few letters. She now knows how to read. At first, she did not know simple maths excercises, like how to do addition and subtraction, but now she can do multiplication!" Robert says that Nuta is a good child, but does not get much support from her parents with her education. It is great then, that she has received this much-needed extra support from Refugiu's tutoring programme. 

As well as making sure that the tutoring programme can continue, your contributions will also ensure that the children have clothes and stationery for the new school year in September and that Refugiu will have firewood to keep the classroom warm in the winter. 

A massive thank you for all your help and support for the children and young people at Refugiu's programme!

Ready to start a tutoring session!
Ready to start a tutoring session!
At a tutoring session
At a tutoring session
Concentrating on their work
Concentrating on their work
Snack time for the younger group!
Snack time for the younger group!
Distribution of food to the families
Distribution of food to the families
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Amalia
Amalia

We are very grateful to each person who supports Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme in Romania. Your help is making a big differene for the children!

Robert, the Head of Refugiu, has given the following updates from the project:

Ten-year-old Amalia is in third grade. She had a bad start to the school year and was behind with her learning. She had to repeat a grade. Her mother saw how important it was for Amalia to attend the programme. With the extra support she received from Refugiu's tutoring sessions, she will pass the grade without any problems this time. Robert said, "I am glad that we 'saved' a critical situation. I thank the supporters for their help for the children!"

The children are all making progress with their writing and maths. Sometimes the children work together in groups and sometimes they work individually.

Providing the children with food is important, as it is very difficult for children to learn when they are hungry. One of CHW's supporters helps with food for some of the children at this programme. Robert has also told a lady at a local Church about the community and she cooks food for them, which Robert brings to the village. 

At Easter, Refugiu held a party for the children. They enjoyed traditional Romanian grilled minced meat rolls (called "mici") and watched a film. 

One of the challenges that are faced by the children in this community is a lack of documentation, as sometimes they are not registered at birth. A birth certificate is needed to access various state services. Robert helps new parents in the village to make sure that their babies have birth certificates. The latest birth certificate he helped with was for baby Sara-Andreea. 

A massive thank you to each person who is touching the lives of the children by supporting Refugiu through CHW and GlobalGiving. Your support is amazing!

Working on tasks individually
Working on tasks individually
Concentrating on writing
Concentrating on writing
Doing colouring
Doing colouring
Robert giving out food at Easter
Robert giving out food at Easter
Easter party
Easter party

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Mirabela
Mirabela

Thank you to each person who has supported the children at Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme!

The tutoring is going well and the children are making good progress with reading, writing and maths. The children are split into two groups, depending on their age, and receive tutoring sessions to help them with their education. Robert, the Head of Refugiu, has sent the following updates. 

Some of the children have health issues, which presents challenges. Mirabela is in Grade 2 and is in the younger group. Her father left Romania to seek work abroad, but does not send any money home to support Mirabela, nor her two siblings, Lushu and Alex. Mirabela likes school and is very willing to learn. However, she has bronchial asthma and has to spend a lot of time in the hospital, especially during the cold weather. Robert said: "Mirabela knows the letters, numbers and how to write. She would want to learn more but the fact that she stays in hospital prevents her from being at a high level."

Without Refugiu's support, Mirabela would fall behind in school and would not have learned all that she knows so far. This extra support she receives is making such a difference, especially as there are times when she is absent from school. 

Another child, Razvan, is in Grade 5. He started attending Refugiu's programme when he was in Grade 2 and at that time he could not read or write, but now he can do both very well. He is one of the brightest children at the programme. His home life is not easy. Robert says "He feels responsible for the family because he is the man of the house. His father died a few years ago.

Very sadly, he has a problem with his eyes and it seems that in the future he will lose his sight. Robert said that he has taken Razvan to several doctors in Romania but there is nothing they can do for him. Refugiu's support for the family continues to be a big help.

As well as running the tutoring programme, Refugiu supports the children in other ways, making sure they have access to health care and assisting with food. Another child, Leo, was in the hospital and Sorina, whose younger siblings attend the programme, recently had a baby girl. Refugiu supported the necessary hospital trips. 

A huge problem in the Roma communities is the lack of identity documents, as children are not always registered at birth. Robert made sure that the new baby was registered and so has a birth certificate. He was also able to get a buggy for the family. 

Thanks to CHW's supporters, Refugiu is also able to distribute food to families in the village. Thank you for helping with this most basic need! Robert delivered this food during the extreme winter, where he said that the temperature was minus 13 °C one day, and had been lower. Robert was also able to find help with providing warm jackets and boots for the children, in time for winter. 

At Christmas, Robert was able to put together gift bags of supplies for the children and their families. Thank you to Katherine from the UK for a special Christmas donation! Her contribution bought sweets and bananas for the children. Other items included juice, biscuits, spaghetti, rice, chicken pâté, sausages, cooking oil and sugar.

The children have a range of needs and having help with food and with their healthcare enables them to be able to learn, and the support with their education is invaluable. A massive thank you to each person who helps this programme to continue.

Razvan
Razvan
Distributing food to the families in the snow
Distributing food to the families in the snow
Robert preparing the Christmas gifts
Robert preparing the Christmas gifts
New Dad with buggy donated by Refugiu
New Dad with buggy donated by Refugiu
At the tutoring programme
At the tutoring programme
Concentrating on their work
Concentrating on their work
At a tutoring session
At a tutoring session

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Mirabela with new shoes and warm clothes
Mirabela with new shoes and warm clothes

Thank you so much for supporting Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme in Romania, through Children's Helpers Worldwide's page on GlobalGiving. You are making such a difference for these children! Robert, the Head of Refugiu, gave the following updates. 

Your contributions made it possible to provide each of the children with school items, such as stationery and exercise books, at the beginning of the new school year. Your help also provided them with shoes, socks, and warm clothes for the winter. 

Robert took the children to buy the warm clothes. In one shop, the security alarm sounded as they left. The shop owner took six-year-old Mirabela's bag, to look through the items to see if he had left the security tag on any of the clothes by mistake. Mirabela started crying and said, "But those are mine". The owner found the security tag on a pair of socks and removed it. Giving the bag back to Mirabela, he said, "It's all yours!" There were no words to express the joy on her face when he gave the clothes back to her. 

The children at the tutoring programme are continuing to improve with both their writing and their mathematics. 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. Thank you for making this possible.

Thanks to CHW's supporters, Refugiu is also able to distribute food to some of the families of the children at the programme. This is vital for their health, and also helps with their education, as it is very difficult for a child to learn if he or she has an empty stomach.

If you would like to continue to help these children, you can make a donation as a gift to someone else over the holiday period. To do this, just make sure to chose the option "make your donation in honour of someone", when you make a contribution through our GlobalGiving page. 

Thank you so very much for your kindness and support for these children. Your help is making such a positive difference in their lives.

Exercise books and stationery for new school year
Exercise books and stationery for new school year
Younger children practising their writing
Younger children practising their writing
Doing a maths problem
Doing a maths problem
Concentrating hard!
Concentrating hard!
Colouring
Colouring
Food for the children and their families
Food for the children and their families

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