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THE RELIEF FUND FOR ROMANIA LTD
Our biggest achievement for 2012 is the provision of direct services to 10,882 people through 110 employees.
70% of our beneficiaries come from rural areas, 26% are children, 50% are older people and 24% are adults.
Launch of the project "Art therapy for children with disabilities in rural villages"
Beginning from January 2012, our specialists have started the work on the project "Art therapy for children with disabilities in rural areas" funded by MOL part of the Program for the Health of Children.
The project aims to provide art therapy services for children with disabilities in 4 disadvantaged rural communities, support their families towards the children's development in the family environment, and also provide support for the teachers in offering adequate services to children with disabilities.
The target group consists of 60 children with various degrees of disability from 4 rural communities of the Eastern area of Bacau County.
The direct beneficiaries of the project will take part in the sessions of art therapy delivered in the 4 Educational centres "Glue Clubs" open by FSC Bacau in Stanisesti, Vultureni, Motoseni and Podu Turcului in Bacau County.
Orange Romania and France Telecom Orange through the Orange Foundation agreed to fund the integrated activities with the children.
The project aims to improve the access of children from poor isolated rural areas of Bacau County to good quality education, counselling and guidance to decrease the educational disadvantages compared to urban education and to develop independent living skills for a normal active life.
Another objective of the project is to disseminate the good practice model in other similar areas in Vaslui and Iasi Counties.
Throughout 2012 over 500 children of Pre School and school ages, 90 high school students and 150 teachers will receive direct services in Bacau, Vaslui and Iasi. 5000 more young people and teachers will receive information packages.
"Education is the engine of growth for any society and on its quality depends on the evolution of the next generations and their future opportunities. Unfortunately, Romania is one of the countries with the highest school drop out rates, especially in its rural areas.
FSC's long term programs and their results are considered a good practice model in alternative education. It is for this reason that, together with the Orange Foundation we have chosen to support the project "Education Opportunities for children from rural areas". This is an important local initiative addressing large number of children and young people, with significant results in the long term."
Amalia Fodor, CSR Manager Orange Romania
FSC achieved ISO 9001:2008 Certification. This guarantees that quality management is of high standard. The certification was provided by SIMTEX-OC the most important certifying body in Romania.
The programs undergoing detailed auditing are the major programs of our organisation: Home Care Services for the Elderly, the Day Centre for the Elderly and the Glue Clubs for children.
This certificate gives official testimony that the Community Support Foundation provides a high standard of services oriented towards the best interest of our service-users.
We are very proud of this and would like to assure all our supporters that we will keep the same high standards in all our future activities.
BRD Bank supports, for another year in a row an educational project implemented by FSC, through the program of employee donations "Change a Destiny. Give value to a life".
The project "Bridge of Friendship" aims to connect young people from the village Fantanele (com. Motoseni) with young people from Bacau, Tache neighbourhood (two disadvantaged communities), in order to stimulate their interest for education and improve their school achievements and school adjustment.
Through mutual interaction these young people have the opportunity to make new friendships, become familiar with the city/ village environment, and initiate joint activities with FSC and BRD volunteers.
Together with Muzika Charitable Trust FONPC, FRODO and ARET we organised a conference for over 100 people working in the field of caring for people with disabilities in Romania.
The Conference, focusing on professionals and decision makers, made reference to the changes taking place in the social field and to the challenges that have to be faced and responsibilities in implementing change. The works presented at the conference were open by his Excellency the Ambassador of Great Britain, Mr. Martin Harris. He spoke about the importance and benefits of partnership in the social care work.
Speakers from Romania and the UK presented success and good practice models for the implementation of rehabilitation activities for children, even with reduced budgets.
On the 10th of May, FSC organised the 10th edition of the Bacau Community Awards Gala, in partnership with ERSTE Stiftung Austria.
With the theme "Our Care for the Forgotten Elderly", the Gala this year highlights the European Year of Active Aging. In this respect the event was focused on the Home and Health Care Services Programme, implemented by FSC for over 14 years in Bacau, with some 1600 beneficiaries each year.
The Award winners, receiving the Bacau Community Awards, for their actions towards supporting the local community in 2011, selected by an independent jury out of 33 de nominees, were:
Agricola International hosted a special event: a ceremony awards marking the closure of the school year for all the beneficiaries of social grants plus a ceremony awarding the most deserving volunteers of the organisation. We presented the activities developed for children and young people from rural areas in a nice photo collage.
Of the 104 beneficiaries of the social grants program for 2011-2012, the most deserving 10 received certificates for the achievements for the entire school year.
The Summer School, the most important event for all our FSC volunteers has now reached its eighth year. The children from several communities have been looking forward to this moment, by now a tradition in their villages.
This year, the campaign took place during July- August, in 8 rural communities in the Podu Turcului area.
Along with British volunteers from two organization: Libra and Life - who covered a large part of the funding necessary for this event - the FSC volunteers organized weekly sessions, with theme clubs, leisure activities, games, musical contests and a lot of fun.
The Herrod Foundation from Switzerland gave financial support to the Mosaic Centre through our main partners, Relief Fund for Romania, to improve the access of children from disadvantaged families to educational activities, counselling, and developing life skills.
The main objective of the Herrod Foundation is to offer financial support to NGOs from all over the world, who develop projects for disadvantaged children offering access to education, health care, proper food and decent living conditions.
The funding is entirely from the internal resources of the organisation, due to the founder and president of the organisation, Mr Gerald T. Herrod.
The most deserving 60 children attending the rural Clubs with Glue benefitted from a well earned summer camp at the seaside. After a year of putting all their efforts into achieving well in school and at the centre, the children received their award.
The days spent at the seaside were all extraordinary and each different from the other, each full of joy and fun for the entire group.
From the beginning, they were very excited about the event and throughout the train ride the children kept asking questions about the place called "the sea". For most of them it was the first time they went on a trip/ camp and they were very curious.
The camp has also been the perfect opportunity for the children from the different centres to become friends and interact closely with each other.
FSC and Hello Shopping Park organised an Arts and Crafts Fair - to promote the products and services of various social economy enterprises from the Moldova region, including protected units.
The main aim of the event, open to a wide variety of exhibiting participants with different products and different backgrounds, was to encourage the free enterprise in the field of traditional and artistic craftsmanship.
The event was also an excellent opportunity for the public to discover a fascinating universe, where creativity and skill combine to harmonious designs, either as individual enterprise or as company approach.
A strategic meeting at the beginning of the month set the frame for a new FSC project. The representatives of the Ungureni Orphanage Trust Association, Dr. Judith Darmady and Dana Condrea, together with Mr. Colin Williams - FSC supporter agreed that FSC will take over the UOT property in Buhusi (land and buildings) to open a residential centre of care and assistance for the elderly.
The main sponsors of the activity are Dr. Judith Darmady and Mr. Colin Williams, to whom we want to thank!
The coordinator of FSC's Fundraising Department was awared Professional Fundraiser of the Year at the Gala People for People in Bucharest, organised by the Association for Community Relations and the American Chamber of Commerce.
This award covers the most significant projects and most valuable CSR people in Romania. Next to the most important companies and NGOs in Romania, active in social involvement and responsibility, FSC was noted again for the quality of its fundraising activity in Bacau.
The "Activ Mozaic" Workshop comes with the hand-made catalogue for the winter
The activities focused on creating various hand-made ornaments, presents, jewels and decorations have been significantly developed during the last period.
Starting with the skilful activity of the children during creative clubs, we took it to the next stage, making it more professional and better organised, in liaison with beneficiaries and volunteers who became part of a true social enterprise: the "Activ Mozaic" workshop.
We intend to submit the workshop for accreditation from the Ministry of Labour, as a protected unit where young people with disabilities could be employed.
"You can be a Father Christmas too": the campaign will bring joy to over 1000 children from 12 rural communities.
Key indicators 2012
|Services for elderly people||Day care Speranta-Bacau||219|
|Day care Motoseni
|Home care Bacau (City)||667|
|Home care villages (9 locations)
Services for children
|Glue Club Bacau||120|
|Glue Club Panu - Stanisesti||275|
|Glue club Godinesti - Vultureni||114|
|Glue club Podu Turcului||97|
|Glue club Motoseni||98|
|Glue club Dealu Morii||55|
|Impart - children with handicap||140|
|Health promotion and education||1,560|
|Services for youth||Volunteers||286|
|Services for families||Social support||59|
|Mother and baby care||290|
|Services for professionals||IMPREUNA||1,805|
The year 2012 was a complex and difficult year. We had to deal with many issues such as financial shortages, strategic planning and planning for new projects. In spite of the difficulties thanks to the partnerships we managed to carry on all the work.
We know how difficult it has been for RFFR to raise money for Romania and we would like to transfer our sincere thanks for the effort and understanding. Please convey our gratitude to all the board members, RFFR remains a special partner and a serious one and that is reassuring too. We thank RFFR for continuing to care and help. Many special thanks to Edward Parry for his efficiency, advice and friendship.
For FSC Board,
Gabriela Achihai, President
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