Welcome

Our three small houses in Harja in the Carpathian mountains in eastern Romania give:

  • A secure and happy home to children who have none
  • A home where each child can be loved and cared for as an individual
  • A home where each cares for one another as in the families they don’t possess

The first children came to us out of the notorious orphanages of the Communist regime. These children are now grown up, at university and in training, beginning to make lives of a kind they might never otherwise have hoped for, but often still dependent on our emotional and financial support. Sadly, we are under constant pressure to take in new children, babies and toddlers whose parents have abandoned them or are unable to look after them. We do this in cooperation with the regional Department of Child Protection.

Please help us to give these children the chance they deserve in life.


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Training 4 Trainers – Training Course for Youth Workers under Erasmus+

We are happily sharing that Friends of Children in Romania hosted 31 youth workers, from 9 #EU countries in the “Training 4 Trainers” training course financed by #erasmus #erasmusplus from 20-30 October, in #Comanesti.  

The #youthworkers developed abilities in working with youngster from disadvantaged areas through the following:

1. Practising training and presentation competencies for facilitating transfer of EU common values
2. Developing public speaking skills for presenting to groups and audiences
3. Engaging and managing group dynamics Gaining better rapport with the target groups
4 Improving personal professional and organisational development through self assessment and creating action plans

During the “T4T” Training Course group, joined another activity, a youth exchange group who attended the project “Be On Your Way 2” hosted by Asociatia Generatia Schimbarii and went for a “Ted Talk” event in #Comanesti at Colegiul Tehnic “Dimitrie Ghika”. 

👉 The participants in the T4T delivered speeches about “Success in Life” in front of the audience of 100+ guests.

👉 We went on further to visit the organisation AGES and run workshops with the youngsters participating in the Youth Exchange (56 people) on tools for their careers
👉 As an ending some of the participants offered to be “Living Books” in the Living Library organised by AGES NGO
🥳 The day ended with Romanian Traditions – Bear Dance & Romanian Wedding

SO, we concluded: we are on OUR WAY to be Trainers.
Thanks to Andrei Prundeanu Cicerone Radu Bosuioc Stephen Molnar for your contribution to these activities.

THE TOPIC

Throughout the 9 days of activities the group explored through NFE methods a variety of tools, as mentioned above and had the chance to work a lot on managing states

and speech in front of a group, as well as giving feedback to each other.It  has  been challenging,getting  the  group  out  of  the  comfort  zone. Furthermore, many sessions and individual interventions were recorded as a measure to have a clear track of improvement, and extracting learning points. A highlight was the moment when the group worked on humour and learning how to effectively use the microphone.

 

Even more, we had activities together with the youth group from the Erasmus+ project that happened in parallel, where our trainers planned specific activities for career guidance/ career development to be in line with their topic. And it was a great success.

As we reached the end of the training activities we managed to structure several follow-up projects in order to get the cooperation with the partner NGOs further. Some ideas are related to the commonly identified needs of the communities represented by the youth workers such as: Emotional Development, Entrepreneurial Skill-sets in Real Life simulations, Team Work Communication or Stress Reduction.

We would like to THANK the involvement of all the youth workers present, the support of our partner organisations, and Stephen Molnar for sharing new tools with a committed group of youth workers.

It has been an accomplishment for all of us, it brought new learnings, it created new collaborations, it managed to bring out follow-up ideas for future projects and made us willing to keep doing what we’re doing.

CONGRATS TO ALL!

ESC Volunteering – Experiential Learning Forum is more

“Experiential Learning Forum” Project, funded by the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) it’s been more than

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the Festival. Above all it has been about promoting volunteering possibilities, mobility of youngsters in EU, solidarity, cohesion and non-formal education.

For this, our volunteers have been involved in plenty of activities. For instance the teams of 40 volunteers went to Bacau, Comanesti, Moinesti, Oituz, Onesti, Targu Ocna, Brasov, Vaslui, Barlad, Neamt to meet groups of youngsters, do non-formal education (NFE) activities with them, share about ESC volunteering, solidarity and cohesion, before the Festival. 

After that the volunteering team arriving in August prepared materials for the Festival, designed props, planned the map of the festival, greeted the artists and then went around to high schools. In other words, they tried out NFE tools with pupils, spoke about volunteering, solidarity and how the Festival happened. 

Both teams of volunteers were involved in local activities in Harja and Oituz. For example our volunteers taught youngsters English, ran activities with elders where they shared cultural traits of their home countries, helped the locals with gardening and works around the house. The volunteering teams even worked on the digital environments and social media to share photos, articles, edit videos, schedule posts on social media. They sent emails, designed and collected feedback from partners, artists, and youngsters they met. Would you join us?

In conclusion, the ELF project volunteering teams animated the village of Harja for 4 months, revitalising the village life and engaging the locals. We assume that the young volunteers who joined us, left Harja with their lives enriched, with new experiences and a greater understanding of what our mission stands for.

After all, what can be more enriching for young people than having such opportunities to volunteer abroad leave an impact in the local community as well as enriching their lives too….!?

PS: check the Video Summary of the first Experiential Learning Festival.