Your support for children in Romania is making an amazing difference!
By Catherine Franks | Founder of Children's Helpers Worldwide
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!
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