WHY WE ARE HERE: In Romania, many women and their children live difficult situations. After the downfall, in 1989, of the dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and the rapid disappearcence of the international solidarity, many Romanian children suffered abuses and violences inside the orphanages. In 2007, when Romania joined the EU, orphanages were closed and these children’s care was placed in the hands of few residential homes which, since then, operate with very poor resources. The life of many Romanian women is not easier: often abandoned by their partners, or victims of domestic violence, they have to find the courage to start a whole new life, alone in protecting themselves and their children.
OUR PARTNER IN ROMANIA: After the capitulation of the regime, two Italian nuns went the Romanian village of Beius to help the local community. They rolled up their sleeves and in a few years they manage to build two care homes for orphans in Beius (60 children) and Ioanis (40 children). These centres welcome Rom children as well. The two nuns created the Caminul Francesco Fundation, collaborating with some local professionals. The core of their activities is an awareness program which aims to involve local parents in meetings regarding the importance of child care and education. Almost all the children who are currently hosted in the centres have succesfully obtained their secondary school leaving certificate, and many of them are now attending the high school. This result is especially promising in the case of the Rom girls who, following their etnicity tradition, have to drop out school when they are 8 or 10 years old to prepare for their imminent married life. The Fundation welcomes also women who are victim of domestic violence, giving them a shelter and helping them in starting a whole new life. Here these women receive psycological support, protection and an opportunity to start all over again.
WHAT WE DO HERE: starting from 2015, WOMEN FOR FREEDOM supports the Caminul Francesco Fundation to help the Romanian women and children. Thanks to the funds we collect during our events in Italy, we send to our local partners the money needed to buy school supplies, food, furnitures. Part of the funds is also destined to pay the professionals who work at the Fundation.
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PROJECT for the BEIUS CENTRE (started in 2015) ACTIVE PROJECT: In 2015, Women For Freedom helped some women in need with their children who had been abandoned by thier partners. We covered on their behalf the expenses for food and medical bills, and we contributed to the construction of new toilets inside the centre. We also supported the activities of the Beius Centre, which hosts more than 40 children who were rescued from the streets and reintegrated to school. In the year 2015-2016, the Caminul Francesco Fundation welcomed 25 children aged 6 to 14, who are currently attending the primary and middle school. They have succesfully joined the program and managed to socialize with their classmates. At the end of the year, the school results were really good. Much have already been done, but so much more needs to be done. Every day more women in need with their children show up at the centre seeking help.
PROJECT to sustain a new professional at the Beius Centre (2016) ACTIVE PROJECT: Starting from 2016, Caminul Francesco Fundation will become more independent, gradually asking for less help to the Italian nuns. Women For Freedom will support the Fundation by paying for the salary of a professional who takes care of the children during the after-school activities. She already is a person the children can count on. She takes care of their education and she helps them in becoming active members of their communities. Many important results have been achieved thanks to her work, and many more goals need to be reached.
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