Results Romania 2015

Romania, in the southeast of Central Europe, has undergone years of political and economic reforms. Despite the country being granted access to the European Union, many problems still exist today. Extreme poverty, child abandonment, children living on the street and the institutionalization of children remain issues of considerable concern. More than 21% of the 22 million inhabitants lives below the poverty line. Child abandonment is a serious problem in Romania. More than 20.000 children live in orphanages or other institutions. Also, because of limited capacity children in Romania only go to school in the morning or the afternoon. Because there are no affordable options for afterschool care for children of working or single parents, children are at risk of ending up in the streets after school or enter into child labour. To combat these problems ChildsLife designed tailor made programs such as after school care programs and programs tackling child abandonment. In addition ChildsLife has found that every effective way to work in this region is through the distribution of goods, which are specific to local needs and which provide structural help to local institutions and families. ChildsLife has gained valuable experience with project implementation and goods distribution forming the basis for expansion in the wider Eastern European region. Since 2001 ChildsLife has worked closely with local partners in Romania including the Department of Child Protection, local and county councils, schools and hospitals.

Projects in Romania

In 2015 ChildsLife supported many projects in Romania focusing on women and children and worked closely with local governments and other partners to reach those that need help. In support of the program, ChildsLife sent 3 transports with goods to Romania.

→ AnneNoor Education Centres

Romania lacks afterschool facilities for young children, although children only attend school for a few hours a day. That is why in 2008 ChildsLife opened its first AnneNoor Education Centre for children aged 5–10. Now ChildsLife operates six centres, which open at 12 noon, after children have finished school, and run until 6 PM. The centres offer children a combination of education and recreation. Children have educational and homework support, engage in all sorts of recreational activities and they receive a hot lunch and a snack. The centres are run by qualified teachers. In 2015, 336 children were offered a place in this structured program which is fun, safe but also provides for their educational needs. Furthermore, child labour at the countryside is prevented. But with their children taken care of, parents can work and structurally improve their own economic situation.

ChildsLife AnneNoor afterschool program (6 centres) 1 Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Education, food and care
January/ June ‘15 – 164 Children + September/ December ’15 – 172 children
336  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_IconChildslife_03_Learn_IconChildslife_04_Love_Icon
1: Expansion of the AnneNoor program did not take place due insufficient funding.
→ First Step in Life

In 2015, 148 mothers were supported in the First Step in Life program. Child abandonment in hospitals is a vast problem in rural areas in Romania. To counter this problem, the ChildsLife program First Step in Life was launched in cooperation with Romanian Child Protection offices and local maternity wards in 2009. In this program women about to give birth in hospital are consulted by a social worker and receive a maternity package. The social worker determines if the mothers require any special attention which means that families in need of social assistance are identified and supported on time. This unique program has proven very successful and has supported over 3000 mothers and was granted a unique award by the mayor of the city of Barlad.

ChildsLife First Step in Life program 2 Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Support for 148 mothers and children 148  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_04_Love_Icon
2: Less mothers supported than planned due to unforeseen understaffing of the First Step in Life program.
→ Next Step in Life

ChildsLife, in cooperation with the Romanian Child Protection office, has developed the Next Step in Life program where mothers suffering spousal or other abuse can receive temporary shelter and material support for themselves and their children. Material support can for example consist of essential clothing and hygiene products. Furthermore, ChildsLife is a point of reference and can help women through the procedures involved with obtaining further social assistance. The Next Step in Life program addresses child abandonment and domestic violence. In 2015 ChildsLife helped 45 mothers and their children with their next step in life, towards a better and safer future.

ChildsLife Next Step in Life program Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Support for children and parents received 45  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_Icon
Shopping for free in shop, clothing, household goods 45  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_Icon

 

→ Support to schools and institutions

In 2015 ChildsLife supported a number of kindergartens, schools, hospitals and institutions in Romania. Living conditions in institutions were structurally improved by providing furniture, books and hygiene products. Educational materials, furniture and toys were sent to kindergartens and schools and are now used on a daily basis.

ChildsLife continued to donate materials for creative workshops ran at a center for children and adults with a disability. They made blankets and various types of handicraft with which they were able to offer a useful contribution to the institute they live in.

Children for Children Project (‘Children’s day‘) Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Love Boxes 1st June 216  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon

 

→ Support to families in need

During the harsh winters in Eastern Europe, ChildsLife distributes winter food packages to families in need, to those that live below the official poverty line and have to withstand freezing temperatures in poor housing situations. ChildsLife food donations are an important contribution to the daily needs of these families. In the winter of 2015 ChildsLife supported 40 families with food packages.

ChildsLife Christmas Project Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Love boxes 240  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon

 

→ Other beneficiaries in 2015
  • Good Shepherd Bucaresti
  • FICE Romania
  • Social support Center and Child Protection VasLui
  • Homeless Shelter Barlad
  • Hospital Vaslui
  • Children’s Hospital Brasov
Good Shepherd Bucureşti Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Shelter for street children 8  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon

 

FICE Romania Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Advice and consultancy to FICE by ChildsLife Director Romania 0  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_IconChildslife_03_Learn_IconChildslife_04_Love_Icon

 

Social support center and Child protection Vaslui Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Furniture, food and hygiene products 274  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_Icon

 

Community projects Hoceni en Barlad 3 Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Winter food packages for 40 families with 155 members
+ 450 children received snacks packs
605  Childslife_02_Food_Icon
3: Less families needed supported in the relatively mild winter of 2015.
School no.9, Barlad Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
School furniture 590  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon

 

Kindergarten 2, 8, 3 Barlad Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
School furniture, toys and books 469  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon

 

Hoceni School Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
School furniture, food and books 330  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_02_Food_IconChildslife_03_Learn_Icon

 

Hospital Brasov & Hospital Vaslui Achieved in 12-’15 In Plan 2016? Children reached Core program
Brasov Medical goods & hygiene 60 patients/ month 2015
Vaslui 1300 New baby born received Tommee Tippee soothers
1360  Childslife_01_House_IconChildslife_04_Love_Icon