The entire Hope and Homes for Children team mourns the demise of Princess Marina Sturdza, who was our Patron for so many years, a person who inspired each of us to live our lives in such a way that we can do good for others.
Princess Marina Sturdza died on October 22 at her residence in New York, after an exemplary life whose second part was almost entirely dedicated to charity. These days we think of the thousands of children whose lives became better thanks to the involvement of Princess Marina Sturdza.
50 children and young people aged between 12 and 21 years, beneficiaries of the programmes of Hope and Homes for Children Romania participated in the 12th edition of the Art and Solidarity Camp, held between 21 and 28 August in Deseşti (Maramureș County). Children and young participants benefited from guidance from 50 artists - painters and teachers in the UK, Ukraine, and Romania - who become mentors for a week. The camp was organized by the Orthodox Parish in Deseşti in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children Romania, and was supported by BRD Groupe Société Générale and the company’s employees through the programme "Super People for Super Chance".
On Sunday, the 10th of April, the Romanian Athenaeum hosted the fourth edition of Hope Concert, a cultural and charitable event organized by Hope and Homes for Children Foundation. This edition was attended by over 800 guests who have chosen to show their support for the most vulnerable children in Romania. Guests of honor of the event were Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and his wife, Valerie, Princess Marina Sturdza, honorary president of the Hope and Homes for Children, Aura Răducu, Minister of European Funds, Violeta Alexandru, Minister for Public Consultation and Cici Dialogue, HMA Paul Brummel, the British Ambassador in Romania, HE Werner Hans Lauk, German Ambassador, HE Diego Brasioli, Italian Ambassador, Valeriu Nicolae, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection and Gabriela Coman, president of the National Authority for Child Protection and Adoption.
In the small group homes in Baia Mare (Maramures County) and at the “22 Decembrie” Day Centre we do activities through which the children and young adults can acquire independent living skills before they leave the child protection system. It is important, especially for young adults, to acquire these skills, because most of them have not been involved in such activities when they were younger and they could use neither the method of imitating adults – as there was no family model available to them – nor the “trial and error” one (because they received too many things that were already done for them or they were forced to accept predetermined conditions, or, in some cases, they were not motivated enough to search for a solution themselves).
On January 15th and 16th, 46 children from several small group homes in Maramures County enjoyed the snow and the cold weather and had their first encounter with the winter sports as part of the 6th edition of the TuSport Snow Day, organised by TuSport, under the umbrella of the International Ski Federation. The children learnt to ski and they went sledding down the Icoana ski slope in Cavnic (Maramures County) and enjoyed very much to skate on the skating rink in the Old Centre of Baia Mare.
During 22-23 November, we organised in Bacau a seminar-workshop for the North-East Region on “Preventing the separation of children from their families, as part of the reform process and the structural funding opportunities”, through Human Capital Operational Programmes (HCOP) and the Regional one (ORP), for the 2014-2020 Structural Funding period.
On Monday, December 19th, the educational partnership between Hope and Homes for Children Romania and the National Museum of Art of Romania was launched during an event at the museum. The children from our programmes in Bucharest and Baia Mare created ornaments for the traditional Christmas tree placed on the ground floor of the National Gallery.
At the beginning of the Christmas Fast, Hope and Homes for Children launched the “Sharing is Caring” campaign through which they want to give the fasting time a purpose and to challenge people to fast for one day and then donate the value of the meals they were supposed to eat that day to the children who life with less than 5 lei/day. The authors of the creative concept of the campaign and the site were Cohn & Jansen JWT, with help from Atelieru, and illustrations by Vali Petridean.
The Annual Report for 2015 of Hope and Homes for Children Romania received the gold medal at the Spotlight Awards Global Communications Competition 2016, an international competition organized by the League of American Communications Professionals (LACP). The report also ranked 47 in Top 100 Communications Materials 2016 within the same competition.
On October 9th, more than 400 runners competed in the different events of the 9th edition of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon for the children supported by Hope and Homes for Children.
A team of Government officials joined Hope and Homes for Children and will run on Sunday, October 9th at the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon. Their team is called RunGov-HHC.
On Sunday, October 9th, Vladimir Drăghia will start running in the 42 km race at the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest Marathon and will be wearing Team Hope’s blue T-shirt, the one for the team of fundraising runners of Hope and Homes for Children. Other 400 runners will join him in different events of this competition and they will also support our programmes.
Annually, more than 3,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 27 are forced to leave the child protection system without any sort of arrangements for independent living or, in the best cases, with extremely limited training as staff members who interact with these young people are rarely trained to help in this regard.
On July 15, 2016, the "Edelweiss" Centre from Balș, the last child protection old-school type of establishment in the Olt County was closed on the framework of a partnership between the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection in Olt (DGASPC) and Hope and Homes for Children Romania.
In October 2015, Hope and Homes for Children closed down ”Prichindelul” Placement Center in Cluj-Napoca and opened two small group homes, "Grigorescu" and "Târnavelor". The 24 children were prepared for the move by a team of psychologists, social workers and educators that took into account all the needs of children. Thus, they explained them what is a small group home, which are their responsibilities there, who takes care of them, with whom they are going to live, and the children visited the areas under construction and were involved in choosing clothes, toys and school supplies they will use after the move. When they moved into their new home, the children were happy to find that they had more space, beds and cupboards, and personal things. But the work of the organization, in terms of deinstitutionalisation process and ensuring the best living conditions for these children in an environment as close to the family, did not end there.
April 1st is International Day of Birds and marks the return of migratory birds from the regions where they spent the winter, a phenomenon being which is interesting especially to specialists and lovers of nature and birds. This year, on this beautiful spring day, at the invitation of Professor Alexander Lapos, coordinator of the Ornitholog Club at the Children’s Palace in Baia Mare, children from the "22 Decembrie" Day Centre visited the "Queen Mary" Municipal Park. They had the opportunity to observe birds and learn more about them from a specialist.
Sunday, the 10th of April, Romanian Athenaeum will host the fourth edition of Hope Concert, a cultural and charitable event organized by Hope and Homes for Children Romania Foundation. The concert will be presented by Amalia Enache, PRO TV journalist, alongside Dragos Bucurenci, spokesman for the organization. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Princess Marina Sturdza, honorary president of Hope and Homes for Children and other VIPs have confirmed the participation, all of them choosing to show in this way their support for the most vulnerable children in Romania.
The Bordei family includes Anișoara, the mother, and her seven children, Diana, Viorel, Liviu, Sorin, Mădălina, Adrian and Alina, aged between 10 and 23.
After a horrible life alongside an abusive husband, the mother saved her children by running away with them, taking only the clothes they had on.