Denise’s Good News

Denise is 9 now. Ever since she came to Harja there have been times when she looked sad, when Elena or Moni (her carers) asked her why she said it was because she wanted a father. This Christmas a priest and his wife came with a group to sing carols at the old peoples’ home accross the road. His wife, remembering teaching Marcel, recalled that he had told her about his home, and so with their guitars and music they came to our houses. Ten days later, the Department of Child Protection phoned Betty and told her there was a potential adoptive family for Denise. That family was the priest and his wife. It was pure chance, there was no connection with the meeting at the carol singing. They were simply a couple who wanted another child in their family (they have 3 children, one of whom is Denise’s age).

Still longing for an adoptive family, Simone suggested to Denise that she should sleep with her crucifix under her pillow and ask God to give her a father. The adoption is going forward!

Birthday Girl
Birthday Girl

“Art of Changing” – Erasmus+ Training Course

“ART of Changing”
Erasmus+ Mobility for Youth Workers in Romania – 2 Training Courses on NLP and Coaching techniques.

>the happening of events on video<<

The first mobility took place in Avrig, Sibiu a  nd it fully focused on building up the foundation skills of a NLP Practitioner and Coach (Neuro Linguistic Programming). The second mobility focused on developing further the skills through practice within the group and complement with new methods that are applicable among the target groups. The groups was located in Slanic Moldova (Bacau). The trainer, Stephen Molnar has more than 30 years experience as a psychotherapist and NLP Master Trainer and his wealth of expertise in working with NLP and Coaching, simply generated an auspicious feedback from the participants in both training courses.

So who was there? We gathered 18 participants from 6 countries: Italy (MV International ENGO), Bulgaria (YoutHub NGO), Hungary (SABAI Training NGO), Poland (Grupa Dzialania NGO), Slovakia (SYTEV NGO) and of course the organiser from Romania (Friends of Romanian Children NGO). The selected participants work with young people with fewer opportuni

ties in their local communities. For example the participating youth workers from Bulgaria work in schools in Veliko Tarnavo and already started to disseminate those tools among fellow teachers and working with children in extra-curricular activities. The same is reported from by the youth-workers in Slovakia who work with the similar target group using the methods for creating guidance among students who are in their teenage period. Youth workers participating from Italy, Poland, Hungary and Romania are making use of the techniques in Erasmus+ trainings and exchanges as well as in organising workshops for school children in the areas of activity.

What happened?
The activities as you can see have been focused on non-formal education activities, the participants experiencing the NLP and Coaching methods themselves for maximising the learning and understanding of how those work. Activities varied from using forms of dancing, sound, mindfulness to applied NLP methods like Neurological Levels of Change or Time Lines. We reached a common conclusion with the other participating organisations and participants: the impact increases as the youth workers are going themselves through the personal development learning curve.
Maybe you are wondering if those people had any breaks or fun. Of course! In Avrig we went for long walks and reflection activities, we’ve built brid

ges and explored the nature. In Slanic Moldova we spent one day visiting the applicant organisation in Harja and organise activities with the children (in the Snow). We also celebrated the birthday of the Hungarian organisation leader and had fun with karaoke contest…half of the groups hustling to reach the only one microphone.
The Future Cooperation.
All the youth workers are in touch even now, after 3 months and some planning follow-up projects in the Erasmus+ framework (Italy and Romania TC for Youth Workers; Bulgaria School Exchange activity; Bulgaria and Romania TC for youth entrepreneurship) as well as European Solidarity Corps activities. At the reques

t of the participants and the organisations we are organising a follow-up project Training 4 Trainers for February 2019 deadline.
We are happy to have shared such a great opportunity with participants, exchanging ideas, cultural backgrounds, cooperation, dances, food and jokes.

Thank you to all of our partners, participants and local stakeholders who supported in implementing this project successfully!!!
Until Next time!

Check the video summary here.
Video credit: Vlad Pandichi
Photo credits: Beatriz Jordao and Narcisa Morosanu

Summer Pictures

An unseasonal grey summer in Romania, with lots of rain and mud. Then, in mid-August, the sun was shining again.

The trampoline is a good place to talk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Betty took Lala, Denisa, Gabi and Stefan with all the young ones on holiday near Bran.

 

Lala, Denisa, Gabi and Stefan
Lala, Denisa, Gabi and Stefan

 

Small Denisa and old Denisa celebrated their birthdays at the seaside.
Then the whole family went to the sea and small Denisa and old Denisa celebrated their birthdays.
Small Denisa and old Denisa celebrated their birthdays at the seaside.
Razvan took the older ones to the mountains
Razvan took the older ones to the mountains

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