What we do
We work in Oltenia, Romania, with children and adults who all live in Government care and have some form of developmental delay, physical disability and/or learning disability. This project runs year round with local staff and volunteers and aims improve the lives of children and adults by providing much needed stimulation, building positive relationships, assisting intellectual and physical development through play and interaction and physiotherapy. We train the local carers, both in children’s homes and in the adult institution, to enable them to have a better understanding of their clients, manage behaviour and certain medical conditions better and improve hygiene and nutrition.
Our long term aims are to increase the likelihood of self-sufficiency of the children as they grow up, improve the infrastructure and care at the adult institution and lead through example to influence improvements in Government care and living conditions for people with disabilities.
As part of our work we recruit and train volunteers usually based in the UK to provide additional input, stimulation and practical help in the Oltenia region in Romania. We are dedicated to enabling our volunteers to have a real and lasting impact on the children and adults, as well as providing our volunteers with life changing experiences.
Our volunteers benefit from personal development educationally, practically and emotionally. Volunteers frequently report that their volunteer experience greatly enhanced personal skills, helped build their confidence and supported future educational or career opportunities.
Why we do it
The management team are motivated by our love for the many amazing people we have been privileged enough to work with, watch develop and grow. We all feel very passionate about the projects and doing what we can to help and support the children, adults, staff and communities, both in the moment when bringing a smile to someone’s face, and longer term where we strive to see infrastructure, educational and political changes. Sadly we also work in remembrance of those we have lost, ensuring they are not forgotten and constantly striving to improve the potential of each individual we work with.
London based photographer Daniella Staub travelled to Oltenia in 2015 to take photographs of our project and to support a particular fundraising campaign. The photos are beautiful and really capture the hidden beauty of Slatina and the emotions of some communities. We are grateful that Daniella took the time to visit our project and allow us to use her photos! Check out Daniella’s website and Facebook page.
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