Unforgettable weekend for 19 poor children

May 3, 2018

19 children from Ponorata, Coroieni and Bran will remember for a long time from now on the long weekend they spent in Bucharest. They went to the museum, they visited the Parliament Palace, they walked in Herastrau park, they went by bike, they went by boat on IOR lake and they took the subway. They stayed in a hotel and they went to the restaurant. They went to the movies to Cinema Pro and took photos with one of the main actors of Captain America series, @Sebastian Stan. Wow! Everything was new and fascinating for them. Everything! They didn’t want to leave home anymore. Even for the teachers who came with them was an unforgettable experience.

With this kind of trips we would like to show a new world to the children, a world they don’t know because their parents can hardly afford to buy food for their families. Back home, they will wanna go back again, and they will share their experience with the others. And they will know that if they go to school, one day they will be able to pay the restaurant bill themselves.

A big thank you to all the people who helped us offer the children such a dream weekend: Alice Badea, Grupul City Grill, Bogdan Georgescu, Cristian Ghinea, Kaufland Romania, Little Bucharest, Anda Maxim și Tudor Maxim, Nicoleta Popa, Pura Vida Sky Bar & Hostel Bucharest, Romstal Romania, Alexandra Tinjala & Our Big Day Out, Cristian Ghilt și câțiva oameni minunați de la Coface Romania: Adrian Maris, Eugen Anicescu, Robert Baciu, Laurentiu Badita, Laszlo Balint, Bazavan Iulia, Razvan Belaus, Miruna Belicovici, Daniel Birzoianu, Georgiana Cananau, Tiberiu Chesoi, Maria Costea, Alina Craciunescu, Anca Dimitriu, Oana Felciuc, Alexandru Fotia, Alexandru Ion, Laura Munteanu, Alina Musat, Monica Negriloaia, Bogdan Nichisoiu, Raluca Paraschiv, Anca Paunescu, Alina Popa, Mihaela Popescu, Mariana Popovici, Mihaela Rond, Corneliu Scarlat, Daniela Scutaru, Lavinia Smedescu, Angelica Spataru, Madalina Spoiala, Andrei Stefanescu.



Donations for Ponorata

December 30, 2017

Over one hundred families from Ponorata received, at the end of December, warm blankets. At the same time, the children who go to kindergarten have now new toys, games and books. We would like to thank to the over 50 people who contributed and to the organisers of the  Johanniter Weihnachtstrucker initiative, who agreed to bring the 120 boxes collected in Germany for free.

16 houses better prepared for winter in Ponorâta, Maramureș

November 27, 2017

The first part of our house repair project in Ponorâta ended well – a big THANK YOU to everyone who donated! Special thanks to Romstal, who gave us two transporters full of isolated tin (ideal for roofs), doors and windows, and to Radu Uglea, our fantastic volunteer, without whom we wouldn’t have managed!

From the 2800 euros that we raised, we bought wood, stove pipes, tin and tools, with which we fixed 16 roofs and improvised walls for two rooms, for two families who were living in tents, with many children. As it was too cold to build something from the start, we found a temporary solution for the mother with five children, whose house burned down this summer – they will go through the winter living at another family, whose house we repaired.

Because housing is such a critical issue in Ponorata, we are continuing to raise funds so that next spring we can repair 20 more houses. If you want to help us, you can donate easily by:

More photos and details about the project here.

Evaluating for impact

November 13, 2017

We just ended two full days training colleagues from 12 NGOs from Bucharest, Brașov, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Iași and Chișinău how to better monitor and evaluate the impact of their work. Independent evaluation practice, in general, and impact evaluations, in particular, are not common practice in Romania, though they are vital to assess the success of programs we invest in.

This workshop was part of the Regional Programme of ERSTE Foundation NGO Academy, and was held by Wolf and Oana. It gave participants a first overview of types and methods of evaluations that are available to them, and guided them through an analytical process that helped them to make their organizations “evaluation ready”. As part of this process, we supported the participants in identifying aspects of their work that they need to evaluate, formulating evaluation questions that are relevant to them, outlining their program logic and theory of change, and formulating indicators they should monitor and measure in order to answer these questions. On the second day, they learned about the options for designing an impact evaluation, and applied their knowledge to their own program and projects by designing their own impact evaluations.

House repairs for 12 families in Ponorâta

Nadia is donating her birthday to raise funds to fix 10 roofs and rebuild two houses for some of the severely impoverished families in Ponorata, who risk going into winter living in improvised shacks or houses with completely broken rooftops. The first phase of the works is planned to take place in the beginning of November 2017. To get involved, click here.