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
Robert working with some of the children
Robert working with some of the children

Thank you very much for supporting Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme in Romania, through Children's Helpers Worldwide! Your help is making a big difference for the children at the programme. 

The tutoring scheme has continued over the summer months, allowing the children to catch up with homework and to keep on learning, before the new school year starts in September. Robert, the Head of Refugiu, sent us the following updates. The younger children have learned their numbers and letters and also do drawing and colouring, whilst the older children do more complex work, including maths, reading and writing. 

As a way to motivate the children, Robert started a points system, to reward them for their efforts during the tutoring sessions. The first children to reach thirty points were promised a trip to the cinema. This summer, the first four children, Gabi, Loredana, Florin and Romi, got thirty points. They were taken to see the film Angry Birds. Robert said: 

"It was a big joy for them. I asked them what they liked and Romi said that he liked the popcorn! It was their first time at the mall and cinema. They were afraid and shy but they were happy."

The other children are now working hard to reach thirty points, so that they can have a treat too!

Loredana, the oldest child who went on the trip to the cinema is fourteen. She is the sixth child out of eleven siblings. She lives with her family in the village of Tarlungeni. She lost her father to cancer two weeks before her eleventh birthday. Her mother cannot read and write. Refugiu's tutoring programme is a great support for Loredana and she is making excellent progress. She is bright and enthusiastic and it is wonderful that you are supporting this programme and giving Loredana, and the other children, the opportunity to have this extra help with their education. 

Thank you very much for the difference you are making in the lives of these children.

Gabi, Loredana, Florin and Romi at the cinema
Gabi, Loredana, Florin and Romi at the cinema
Loredana working hard during a tutoring session
Loredana working hard during a tutoring session
Tutoring session
Tutoring session
Some of the younger children
Some of the younger children
Practising writing
Practising writing

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Leo
Leo

All of us at Children’s Helpers Worldwide want to thank you so much for your support for the tutoring and mentoring programme run by our partner organisation, Refugiu, in Romania. You help has been making such a difference in the lives of the children.

 

As well as the educational part of the programme, Refugiu also assists with the social needs and welfare of the children and young people. Recently, Refugiu has helped children, and babies, affected by two issues that often have an impact on families in a village like Tarlungeni – the first is parents leaving children behind as they seek work elsewhere and the second is teenage pregnancy.

 

Leo is six years old and is an only child. His family lives in poverty and his mother decided to leave the village to try to find work. She managed to get to Italy, but then became lost there. Leo’s father went to try to find her, leaving Leo behind. Leo’s aunt, Lucica, took him in. Lucica’s children attend Refugiu’s tutoring programme and Leo joined them.   Robert, the Head of Refugiu, said that when Leo joined the programme, he did not know how to use a pencil and could not focus enough to draw a picture. He now knows the colours and shapes and draws beautifully. Leo’s father found where his wife was in Italy and they recently returned to the village. Robert said:

 

Leo is very happy and his parents thanked me for what I did for Leo. His father told me that Leo is now ‘educated’”.

 

Leo continues to attend the programme and is making further progress and is learning a lot. Thank you for making it possible to support Leo.

 

Another issue in the village is the relatively high rate of teenage pregnancy. Refugiu has been ensuring that two babies, who were born to teenage mothers, are able to have the medical care they need. Both Leo (a different Leo!) and Lucas Iosif were born prematurely and Refugiu accompanies the babies, with their mothers, to the hospital. The babies have both been unwell. Although they have had a difficult start to life, with your support, and with Refugiu’s assistance, they will be in better health than they otherwise could have been.

 

The children at the tutoring programme are all doing well. Eleven-year-old Florin and his nine-year-old sister, Gabriela, are doing very well with their reading. The younger children practice writing dashes and lines as this will help prepare them for when they start to write the letters of the alphabet. The older children are making progress with their maths too.

 

Thank you so very much for making it possible to support these children.

 

If you would like to help further, then GlobalGiving UK is holding a Bonus Day on 15 June 2016. From 2pm on 15 June until 4.59 am on 16 June, your donation will be matched by up to 50%, whilst the matching funds last! If you would like to make a donation that day, or help by sharing the project link, then your support will go even further for these children! Thank you for everything you are doing for them. 

Baby Leo, with his mother, Simona
Baby Leo, with his mother, Simona
Baby Lucas Iosif
Baby Lucas Iosif
Tutoring session
Tutoring session
Tutoring session for the younger children
Tutoring session for the younger children
Snack time during tutoring session
Snack time during tutoring session
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Delia
Delia

Thank you so much for supporting Refugiu's mentoring and tutoring programme for very disadvantaged children in the village of Tarlungeni, Romania. Many of you donated during GlobalGiving UK's Crowdfunding Challenge in June and July and some of you have contributed since then. We were delighted to receive some more donations around the New Year. We are truly grateful to each of you for caring about these children and teenagers and for making a difference in their lives.  

A Harsh Winter

The tutoring and mentoring programme has been going well, but there was a challenge as there was a new cost - firewood. Another local nonprofit organisation in Romania used to be able to donate firewood to Refugiu, to heat the room where the children are tutored, and this was no longer possible. We are hugely thankful that CHW was able to meet this cost (at £20 per month throughout winter) through your amazing support. It was a very cold winter in Tarlungeni, with plenty of snow. Thank you for allowing the children to have a warm place to learn. 

Some of the youngest children did become ill during the winter and Robert, the Head of Refugiu, was able to arrange to take them to hospital, so they could get the medical care they needed. Your support also made it possible for the children to have new, warm winter coats and boots. Thank you for helping them to face the harsh winter.

Tutoring Programme

The children are tutored in groups, according to age. Robert sent updates about the topics they have covered over the past few months. The youngest ones have learned numbers, colours, letters and shapes. The older children have learned vowels and consonants and are improving their reading, writing and mathematics. Three of the boys, Florin, Romi and Remus, asked Robert to teach them multiplication. So far they have learned the times tables  for 0, 1, 2 and 3. One of the girls, Gabriela, is also in this group even though she is a bit younger. She is very bright and his picked this up quickly. 

Robert has said that ten-year-old Florin could be a teacher one day as he likes to teach the others, once he has learned something new. 
 
Delia, aged four, is Florin's younger sister. She has ten siblings and she is the youngest of them all. She and her family are living in poverty. Her father, Sorin, passed away due to cancer when she was just eighteen months old. Her mother, Lucica, cannot read and write. The support given to her through Refugiu's project is making a real difference. If she is ill, she will be taken to see a doctor. Often her family does not have enough food and Refugiu also helps families with food and supplies, whenever possible. The tutoring programme is helping to develop Delia's skills and build her confidence, making it more likely that she will be successful once she begins school and throughout her education. Thank you so much for helping Delia and all the other children benefitting from Refugiu's programme. Your support for these children is just amazing.
 
 
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Make Double the Difference!
If you are interested in continuing to support these children and in keeping Refugiu's programme going, we want to let you know that GlobalGiving UK is holding a bonus day, starting on 16 March at 1pm (GMT) and ending on 17 March at 4.59 am (GMT). GlobalGiving UK has matching funds of £10,000 to give away. GlobalGiving UK will look at the total raised by all the participating organisations on the day and will then divide the £10,000 up into percentages. So, if one organisation raises 10% of the total funding on the bonus day, they will receive 10% of the £10,000. Put more simply, the more CHW is able to raise during the given time frame, the more chance we will have of getting a larger portion of the matching funds, in addition to your donations, and this will really help the children!
If you would like to help, please share our project page on social media during the bonus day or even make a contribution, after 1pm on 16 March. 
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Thank you again for all your help and support for these children. 

 

Florin teaching the others
Florin teaching the others
Firewood
Firewood
Tutoring Session
Tutoring Session
New winter coat and shoes
New winter coat and shoes
New winter coat and shoes
New winter coat and shoes
Learning multiplication
Learning multiplication
Food distribution
Food distribution

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Gabriela
Gabriela

Your wonderful support during GlobalGiving UK's fundraising challenge, that Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) took part in in June and July, has been keeping Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring scheme going in Romania! The 19 children and teenagers who are part of this programme, live in poverty and most of them have only one living parent. They have faced a lot of difficulties in their lives already. Your help means they are getting some much-needed extra support, through Refugiu's programmes.

Robert, the Head of Refugiu, has sent some updates on how the children are doing. Gabriela, aged 9, has had a great report from her teacher! She had not been enrolled in school last year, but she attended the tutoring sessions regularly. She is now in first grade and her teacher said she is surprised at how much knowledge Gabriela has, seeing that she had not been to preschool or kindergarten. This is a direct result of great tutoring Gabriela has received through Refugiu's programme. Thank you to each and every supporter who has made this possible!

The children were able to have new school supplies and clothes at the beginning of the term. Robert gave the following news: " Shopping bought much joy to the children. They were very happy because they had no hope for new clothes, shoes, bags and some supplies… Even the journey to Brasov [the nearest city] was so joyful… Romi and Remus [two siblings] felt so special that they had received new clothes… The widow with three children [another family helped by Refugiu] told me they would not have had any chance to buy something for school. She was praying for help. I was very happy that WE can help them.”

Thank you for supporting Refugiu's programmes and for making it possible for these very disadvantaged children and teenagers to have this extra help. Your kindness and generosity is helping them with their education and this is giving them the chance of a brighter future. Thank you.

Gabriela
Gabriela
New School Clothes for a Family
New School Clothes for a Family
Receiving a new school bag!
Receiving a new school bag!
Tutoring Session
Tutoring Session

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Delia
Delia

Thank you for being part of the first fundraising challenge Children's Helpers Worldwide (CHW) has ever participated in! Your generosity has ensured that Refugiu's tutoring and mentoring programme, for 19 disadvantaged Roma children and teenagers in Tarlungeni, Romania, can continue for the next couple of years. Your support also meant that CHW was given a place on GlobalGiving UK's website, which is an excellent fundraising platform. We are truly grateful for your kindness.

The tutoring sessions have continued over the summer and the children are making good progress. Robert, the social worker who coordinates this scheme sent some pictures and updates. The attached photo is of Delia, 3, the youngest child, showing off her colouring! Being able to use pencils and crayons will give her a head start, when she goes to school in the future. Her older brother, Florin, 9, is one of the hardest-working children at the tutoring programme. The attached photo shows him working on improving his handwriting. The new school term starts on 14 September and Florin will be well-prepared for this, thanks to the tutoring scheme, which you have supported. 

The children who attend this programme come from difficult backgrounds. They are living in poverty and fourteen, out of the nineteen children, have a parent who has passed away. By sponsoring the tutoring and mentoring programme, you are providing them with much-needed extra support and the chance for a brighter future. 

If you would like to see, in more detail, how you helped CHW to complete GlobalGiving UK's crowdfunding challenge, you can click on the link to our newsletter below. If you would like to receive our newlsetters regularly, we have provided the link to our sign-up form too. 

Thank you again for all your help and support. You are making a huge difference for these children. 

Florin
Florin

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