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
Razvan
Razvan

A big thank you to each person who supports Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme in Romania! The tutoring scheme continued throughout the summer. The children are all making good progress. They come from very disadvantaged backgrounds and would usually not receive such support with their education. Thank you for making this possible.

Robert, the Head of Refugiu, gave the following updates:

One of the girls, Gabriela, received a certificate from her school for being the second top student in her class. She is greatly benefitting from the tutoring sessions and her teachers are impressed with her work.

Razvan, aged 12, comes from the same village as Gabriela, and also attends the tutoring programme. He has two younger siblings. His father passed away in prison a few years ago. He has inherited an eye problem and is slowly losing his sight.
One day he asked Robert "Why do you do what you do to help the Roma children?" Robert replied, "Because we need to take care of each other." Razvan thought for a bit and then said "I want to be like you, to take care of others."
Robert said that he felt happy when he heard this, because, as well as helping the children with their school work, he also wants to inspire the children to do good for others in life.

Robert was hoping to arrange a picnic for the children at Refugiu's programme over the summer, but it was not possible to arrange transport for them all. Instead, he brought some food so the children could have a picnic in the classroom. They ate "mici", a Romanian dish of barbecued ground meat rolls. The children were very happy!

As well as supporting the children with their education, Refugiu also assists in other ways. Ianis, one of the youngest children at the tutoring programme, has a baby sister. She became ill and had problems with her pharynx and vocal cords. Refugiu made it possible for the baby to see a doctor.

Thanks to CHW's supporters, Refugiu was also able to distribute food to two of the families of children attending the tutoring programme.

There are always a lot of needs before the new school year starts. We are very grateful to all who support this programme through CHW and GlobalGiving, as Refugiu will be able to provide each child at the tutoring programme with stationery, clothes and shoes in time for the new term.

We are thankful for all your support. Your help allows the programme to continue and this is making such a big difference for the children. Thank you!

Gabriela with her certificate from school
Gabriela with her certificate from school
Indoor picnic!
Indoor picnic!
Enjoying the picnic food.
Enjoying the picnic food.
One of the families receiving food
One of the families receiving food
Robert distributing food to one of the mothers
Robert distributing food to one of the mothers
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Alex, age 10, recently joined the programme
Alex, age 10, recently joined the programme

A massive thank you to each of you who support Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme in Tarlungeni, Romania, through Children's Helpers Worldwide. You are making such a big difference for the children and teenagers at this project.

Robert, the head of Refugiu, has sent us the following updates. Two new boys, Ianis and Alex, have joined the programme.

Ianis, aged 3, is very happy to be at the programme and enjoys all the activities very much.

Alex, aged 10, has had a very difficult start to life. He is the half brother of two younger children at the programme, Lushu and Mirabela. He used to live with his grandmother in another village, Hetea. His grandmother forced him to beg in the city of Brasov for years and he ran away and went to Tarlungeni, to live with his mother again. Robert asked him why he left and Alex replied:

"There was great poverty. I wanted to go to school but they did not let me go. I did not have a bed to sleep on. I was sleeping on the bare springs of a mattress. I did not eat some days but I had to make money."

Robert said about Alex:
"He is a boy who does not miss the programme and who has the desire to learn to write and count."

A big thank you to all of our supporters for giving this opportunity to these two boys!

Delia, aged six, has been making good progress. She has been attending the programme for a couple of years. Robert said that when she first came, she just wanted to play, but now she is the one who writes the most nicely among the children in the younger group.

We are grateful to everyone who supports these children. In April, we took part in GlobalGiving's Little By Little Challenge. Our supporters donated $868 and we were awarded $356 in bonus funds from GlobalGiving. This will support the programme for another four months! Some of the people who contributed kept their donations anonymous but from what we know, contributions were made from people based in Australia, Belgium, England, The Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, the USA and Wales!

Locally, one of our volunteers in Brasov, Manuela, arranged a collection of items and donated these to Refugiu just before Easter. The items included 6 big bags of clothes, 22 notebooks, 4 sets of crayons, 21 pencils, 2 kg of oranges, 2 kg of flour 2 kg of cornflour, sweets, and a blanket. In May, she was also able to donate a crib, bed clothes and a mattress.

In the UK, Sarah, who has volunteered in Tarlungeni a few times, sent a parcel to Refugiu, with pencil cases, stationery and educational items, among other things, for the children. Katherine, also from the UK, found us on GlobalGIving. She and her family support this project on a monthly basis and they sent a special donation for Easter and an Easter card too.

It is wonderful that people are coming together from around the world to support these children! All of us at Children's Helpers Worldwide and at Refugiu are so truly grateful for all you are doing for the children and teenagers in Tarlungeni!

Ianis, age 3, recently joined the programme
Ianis, age 3, recently joined the programme
Delia
Delia
With some of the clothes from Manuela's collection
With some of the clothes from Manuela's collection
Snack time and receiving items from Sarah's parcel
Snack time and receiving items from Sarah's parcel
Working hard!
Working hard!
Treats for Easter, thanks to Manuela and Katherine
Treats for Easter, thanks to Manuela and Katherine

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Some of the children at a tutoring session
Some of the children at a tutoring session

Having visited Refugiu's tutoring programme a few weeks ago, I am able to write a personal update on how much you are helping the children in the village of Talrungeni, in Brasov County, Romania.

For the tutoring sessions, the children are split into two groups depending on their age. I was able to spend time with both groups. The children have been working on improving their reading and writing. The local organisation, FAST (which introduced us to Refugiu in the first place) had donated booklets designed to help the children learn to read. The older children were also learning and practising their multiplication tables. Ten year old Gabriela seemed to really enjoy doing maths and was very good at multiplication. 

Robert, the Head of Refugiu, also highlighted the progress of another little girl, Alexandra, aged 5. Robert said that when Alexandra first started attending the programme, she always said "I can't" when asked to try to do something new. However, now she writes beautifully and she always finishes the activities first. Her confidence has grown since attending the programme. 

As well as running the tutoring programme, Refugiu also assists the children and families with wider support for their healthcare and social needs. One little boy, Manuel, who attends the tutoring programme, had been in an accident where he was hit by a car. Robert from Refugiu helped to support the family when Manuel was in the hospital and helped with transport to bring him home. The doctors did not think Manuel had much of a chance of survival after the accident, but he has made a miraculous recovery and now has even returned to the tutoring sessions! It was wonderful to see Manuel back at the programme!

It was very cold during my time in Romania. I am so grateful to those of you supporting the project, who made it possible to buy firewood to heat the classroom. 

In April, CHW will be 10! We are hoping to celebrate this anniversary by joining in with GlobalGiving's "Little By Little" campaign, which will take place from 3 to 7 April. During that time, whilst matching funds last, your donations of up to $50 will be matched by 50%! The organisations raising the most (over the threshold of $3000) and with at least 30 supporters, will also win bonus prizes. This would be equal to having three supporters for each year that CHW has been running! It would be the perfect time to help, either by making a donation or by sharing the link to the project page, as your support will go even further during the Little By Little campaign!

Thank you again, so much, to each of you for your kindness and help for the children. Refugiu is doing great work, and it has been possible to continue with this programme because of your support. Robert and I cannot thank you enough! 

Alexandra, with a booklet donated by FAST
Alexandra, with a booklet donated by FAST
Gabriela
Gabriela
Working hard!
Working hard!
With Manuel
With Manuel
Robert and others preparing the firewood
Robert and others preparing the firewood

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Marius concentrating on his colouring
Marius concentrating on his colouring

Thank you very much for supporting the children and teenagers at Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme! We are so grateful for your help. GlobalGiving UK recently held the "Little By Little By Little" crowdfunding challenge which many of you took part in. A huge thank you to each person who supported this project, both during the challenge and throughout the year!

Robert, the Head of Refugiu, has sent updates from the project. The school term began well as, with your help, Refugiu was able to provide the children with clothes, shoes, school bags and stationery. 

The children have all been making great progress. One little boy, Marius, aged eight, is the second youngest of eleven siblings. He lost his father to cancer three years ago. He has had issues focusing and used to lose his patience easily and did not like going to school very much. He has now been attending Refugiu's programme for a couple of years. Robert has worked a lot with Marius and has seen a big improvement. Robert said "This year, Marius likes school! He goes with pleasure."

Another boy, Leo, aged six, joined Refugiu's programme earlier this year. When he started, he did not even know how to use a pencil. Now Robert says, Leo is "crazy about going to school."

As well as supporting the children with their education, Refugiu also focuses on the social needs of the children and their families. Identity cards are issued when a child reaches fourteen years old. However, many people in the Roma villages lack identity papers. Loredana, one of the girls attending the tutoring programme turned fourteen this year. Refugiu assisted her in getting her identity card. This will ensure she has access to education and health services in the future and is not deprived of her social rights.

A massive thank you to each person who has made it possible to continue this work! Refugiu's programme is funded through our page on GlobalGiving and without you, it would not be possible to give these children a brighter future! 

If you would like to continue to help these children over the holiday season, it is possible to make a donation as a gift and send a card (either online or printed). If you would like to give this gift as a present to someone, you can find the "gift or in honour of" option on our project page on GlobalGiving UK.

Thank you so much for all you have done for the children in 2016! Wishing you all the very best for the New Year!

Marius showing off a picture he coloured
Marius showing off a picture he coloured
Leo learning shapes and colours.
Leo learning shapes and colours.
Leo (left) & Marius (end of table) with the others
Leo (left) & Marius (end of table) with the others
Loredana writing on the board
Loredana writing on the board
Loredana concentrating on her work
Loredana concentrating on her work
Receiving new shoes at the start of the term
Receiving new shoes at the start of the term
New school bags at the start of the school year
New school bags at the start of the school year

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Certificate for being the best student in class
Certificate for being the best student in class

Your support, through Children's Helpers Worldwide, for Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme in Romania is making such a wonderful difference in the lives of the children. With GlobalGiving UK's "Little by Little by Little" campaign starting on 25 October, we want to share with you the progress of one girl, Gabriela. With each tutoring session she has attended, she has made progress, little by little, and she is now doing very well at school, thanks to your support!

 

Gabriela is eight years old. She has ten siblings and lives in poverty. She lost her father to cancer three years ago. Her mother is illiterate. Robert, the Head of Refugiu, sends regular updates on the children's progress. Gabriela was among the first group of children to attend the tutoring programme. Since then, the project has grown and more children have joined. Gabriela continues to regularly attend the tutoring sessions. Below are some of Robert's updates, starting with the first one, just one month into the programme. There is a space of around 3 to 6 months between each update included below.
1. "Gabriela is not yet in school, but she is easy to work with. She does her simple assignments, but is very shy. She is a little slow to understand but with some effort, we can make good progress with her."
 
2. Gabriela had been practising using a pencil and drawing lines neatly and then went on to write a word. Robert wrote, "First word for Gabriela - it is "mama". This was a big joy."
 
3. "Gabriela was prepared for school but [her mother] did not enrol her. She lost a year. I'm not allowed to enrol others' children. It is only a parental right."
As Gabriela's mother did not enrol her, Gabriela was not able to go to school that year. Whilst Robert could not assist with her enrolment at school, he continued to tutor her, along with the other children, each day.
 
4. "With Gabriela I tried a new method of learning through playing with cards. For example I put down a 10 and she needs to put down two cards forming 10 (eg 4 and 6). She is very good at it."
 
5. "Gabriela is making progress with her reading."
 
6. Gabriela's mother enrolled her in school for the next year. 
Robert's first update after this said, "Gabriela does well in school, she likes to learn."
 
7. "Lucica [Gabriela's mother] told me this week that she was at the school to see how Gabriela is doing. The teacher is happy to have Gabriela, she  is surprised to see Gabriela's knowledge because she was not in kindergarten, nor preschool. Gabriela is in first grade. I am so happy that our program is fruitful."
In Romania, there is a preparatory year before entering first grade, which Gabriela had missed.
 
8. "One day, Florin, Romi and Remus [three of the boys who attend the tutoring sessions and who are a bit older then Gabriela] came and asked me to teach them multiplication. So we started with 0, 1 and 2 and now we work on 3. Gabriela is in the same group and she caught on very fast. She is very smart."
 
9. "Gabriela came and showed me something, she had received 1st prize for being the best student in the class.
 
As you can see, little by little, session by session, Gabriela has been making progress over time. All of us at CHW and at Refugiu are very grateful that you have made this possible for Gabriela, and for each of the other children, who are benefitting from the programme.
 
If you want to help keep the tutoring and mentoring programme going, it would be wonderful if you got involved with the "Little by Little by Little" campaign. We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to share the link to our project page and tell friends, family and colleagues about the tutoring programme during the campaign (from 2 pm on 25 October to 2pm on 1 November, UK time). 
 
Donations of up to £50 will be matched by 50% whilst matching funds last, so your contributions will go further! In addition to this, the three organisations with the most supporters will win bonus funds. To be eligible to try to win a prize, we are required to have at least 15 supporters and raise £1000. We are looking for our First Fifteen Champions, who are committed to making a contribution during the campaign, so we know we will be able to meet this requirement, as together, we try to do our best for these children! If you would like to be one of the Fifteen, and want any more information, please feel free to email catherine@chworldwide.org
 
This campaign is being run only on GlobalGiving UK, so if you are taking part, please make sure to share and contribute via our UK project page: www.globalgiving.co.uk/20775
 
Thank you again, so much, for your amazing kindness and support for the children at Refugiu's programme! You are making a huge difference.
Gabriela (right) during the programme's 1st month
Gabriela (right) during the programme's 1st month
Gabriela writing her first word, "mama".
Gabriela writing her first word, "mama".
Gabriela reading with her big sister, Loredana
Gabriela reading with her big sister, Loredana
Gabriela improving her maths through a card game
Gabriela improving her maths through a card game
Gabriela and the others doing writing activity
Gabriela and the others doing writing activity

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