Staff Party in March

The teenagers came to the staff party, an annual event organised by Betty, which gives them huge pleasure. Their husbands come and everyone has a very jolly time.

Marcel brought his drums and played splendidly.

Marcel on drums
Marcel on drums
Diana, Georgiana, Ancuta, Lidia, Marcel, Alex (Ali's girlfriend) back row : Ali, Alex (Lidia's boyfriend),Catalin (Ancuta's boyfriend) and Betty
Diana, Georgiana, Ancuta, Lidia, Marcel, Alex (Ali’s girlfriend) back row : Ali, Alex (Lidia’s boyfriend),Catalin (Ancuta’s boyfriend) and Betty

 

Summer Holidays

The younger children have been on a trip to the salt mines at Praid Transylvania and the five older ones went camping.

 

Ali, Marcel, Diana and Dan
Marcel making friends with a donkey

 

Gabi on holiday with Tobias who lives in the UK. His parents come to Romania in the summer and Gabi is teaching him English!
Rares at home making music
The weather has been exceptionally hot and humid but everyone had fun

From Source To Sea: A Sponsored Bike Ride

David and Eric Hardwick have just completed a sponsored bike ride for Friend of Children in Romania. They followed the River Severn, from its source in the Welsh mountains to the estuary near Bristol, finishing on the Severn Bridge, a distance of 225 miles. The Severn is the longest river in England, rising on Plynlymon, the highest point in the Cambrian Mountains. They walked up to the top before getting on their bikes and cycling back through Powys, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire and Avon over four days.

“I visited Harja two years ago and it was a wonderful experience. There was such a sense of warmth and of everyone looking after each other – it was inspirational,” said David.

If you would like to show your support for their fundraising effort you can donate here.

Setting off from the foot of Plynlymon
At the finish on the Severn Bridge

Spring!

All the children made cards for the 1st of March. They are to wish everyone the happiness of Spring.

 

 

I am just back from a few days in Harja. I arrived on an evening of brilliant stars, and there was a sense of spring at last, even a few snowdrops had pushed through the still dead, brown grass.

Stefan celebrated his 7th birthday. He had asked that 2 boys from his class should be invited. Well before 4 o’clock, the appointed time of their arrival, he sat on a small chair by the door in rigid fear that they would not come. The minutes went by, Elena started building a garage with him, he relaxed and the boys came!

Mary.

 

Jewellery shop Vlad, Lala, Gabi, Stefan, Rares
Jewellery shop Vlad, Lala, Gabi, Stefan, Rares
Denisa & Mihaela wearing wigs
Denisa & Mihaela wearing wigs
Rares
Rares
Betty reading Three Little Monkeys to the children
Betty reading Three Little Monkeys to the children
Jewellery shop - Rares, Lala, Denise, Stefan, Gabi (pink wig)
Jewellery shop – Rares, Lala, Denise, Stefan, Gabi (pink wig)

Christmas 2016 Photos

Have just had a most happy skype with them; they are thrilled with their Christmas presents and the atmosphere was wonderful.
Betty full of joy and excitement, Puiu (her husband), too and her friends.

Rares joined the family at Harja just before Christmas. He is 3 and had recently been abandoned in hospital by his father, his teenage mother had disappeared soon after his birth.

He is very happy now to be outside (it seems that this was something new to him). He sledged with the best of them this week when they all went to the hills behind a restaurant owned by one of Betty’s friends. All the carers sledged and, of course, Betty – for nearly 4 hours! And Rares is funny, laughs a lot and is very much part of the family.

It has been a very cold winter. Betty sometimes has to get up 3 times in the night to stoke her fire. So we are having to buy extra wood – that wood which heats all the houses and the hot water.
Many small donations, specially those given monthly with giftaid, would be a great help. Betty is negotiating with the Finnish owner of the forest and the full amount is likely to be something over £3,500.

So if you can help, please do.

Mary

Rares
Denisa cooking
Mihaela
Maria
Vlad
Stefan
Lala
Gabi
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
Ali, Andra and Betty's husband, Puiu - much loved by all the children.
Ali, Andra and Betty’s husband, Puiu – much loved by all the children.