The partnership between Hope and Homes for Children and Arval BNP Paribas began in 2014, most of the financial aid being directed to the programme preventing child-family separation.

The partnership between Hope and Homes for Children and Arval BNP Paribas began in 2014, most of the financial aid being directed to the programme preventing child- family separation. Through this programme, Hope and Homes for Children and its partners provide various forms of support to the enrolled children. The needs of each family are carefully assessed, using validated tools and procedures developed during the Foundation's long practice in Romania.

The types of interventions resulting from the assessment of each family are highly diverse, being customized according to the needs of children and families, as well as according to the medium and long term plans of the families. Thus, Hope and Homes for Children always makes sure that the families are involved in these interventions (being them financial needs or counselling/facilitating access to different types of services) in order to make the families more responsible for their duties and to ensure the sustainability of the interventions, which guarantees us that the next similar intervention will be done by families without our support.

Between 2017 and 2018, 67 children from Bacău, Botoșani, Maramureș, Suceava, Neamț and Sibiu were helped to stay with their families and prevented from entering child protection system. The support provided helped them to overcome difficult and critical situations, both financial support and counselling, the latter strengthening interventions, ensuring sustainability and making families more responsible. Arval BNP Paribas provided support in order to improve the comfort and living conditions of the family and income level, improve adults’ parenting skills and support children to go to school.

Families enrolled in the programme received support to extend or rebuild their homes and to furnish them. Some families received animals (cows, chickens, pigs) for the household and seeds and seedlings for subsistence farming, a first step in becoming financially independent. Thus, the families will take care of the animals and will have meat, milk and dairy products (which they can even use to make money), and they don’t have to pay for them. Children will enjoy a diverse and healthy diet. Hope and Homes for Children also gave food, sanitary products, clothes, footwear and school supplies, and in some cases covered the costs with children transportation to school or high school. Family members were involved throughout the intervention, making them aware of the importance and magnitude of the assistance offered. In addition, members of the local community have been involved together with families, often taking initiative and giving some basic supplies, as well as working to build the houses.

A mother of 4 children from Botosani, whose house burned down sent us a message after she had been helped to rebuild her house - ”We thank Hope and Homes for Children and those who donated the money (ARVAL a.n.) as now we have such a beautiful house where we can live together. I honestly tell you, when our house burned down, I thought we were going to leave on the streets, that no one would be able to help us. The people in the village helped us with what they could, but they couldn't provide us with everything we needed. However, they helped us a lot when they saw that we had started to work on the building, but without Hope and Homes for Children we wouldn’t manage to do anything and we slept wherever we could."

Two young parents with three children were trying to renovate a dilapidating house inherited a few years ago, as they risked being left without a roof over their heads. They succeeded after their situation had become known to Hope and Homes for Children and they are very grateful: “We thank the financers and the Foundation for helping us so much and now the house is ready and we can move in immediately. We will do the rest, we cannot expect others to do everything for us, but we know that without help we could not have this house as it is now. We pray to God for those who have helped us, to be healthy and able to work and to help others at least as much as

they have helped us. We will never forget what you have done for us and tell the world how much you have helped us.”

The prevention programme once completed (financial interventions and counselling), the intervention continues by monitoring and consolidation stage. All families and all children enrolled in the programme are monitored by representatives of local authorities, in collaboration with Hope and Homes for Children.

Between 2014 and 2018, through the programme preventing child-family separation, Hope and Homes for Children and Arval BNP Paribas helped over 300 children not to be abandoned in orphanages. The partnership will continue in 2018-2019, helping other vulnerable children and young people stay with their families, where they belong.