6000 preschoolers and 1200 volunteering teachers participated in the 2019 Sotron Summer Programs!

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6000 preschoolers and 1200 volunteering teachers participated in the 2019 Sotron Summer Programs!

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This summer, 1200 volunteering teachers organized 480 Sotron Summer Programs, in 37 counties. In total, 6000 preschoolers participated in this 2-week educational module that offers less advantaged children rich summer learning experiences, and 18.000 picture books were distributed – for children to use in class and to take home. This year edition – which registered […]

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6,000 preschoolers participated in Sotron Summer Programs educational module!

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The 2019 edition of Sotron Summer Programs has ended! In total, 6,000 children age 4 – 6 participated in 480 Summer Programs – an educational module designed and supported every summer by OvidiuRo. 1,200 teachers in 37 counties have volunteered to run daily sessions in kindergartens, for two weeks, after participating in over 50 regional, […]

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2019 Sotron Summer Program started all over the country!

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With the beginning of summer, dozens of Summer Programs started all over the country. By the end of August, over 1500 preschool teachers from around 500 communities signed up for the 2-week educational module that brings children from disadvantaged rural and urban areas to the kindergarten over the summer. In June, the volunteer teachers attended […]

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12,000 Children Will Receive a Book to Take Home, with UiPath Foundation Support

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Starting September 2019, due to UiPath Foundation support, over 12,000 children in rural areas in Galați and Vaslui counties and Ferentari (București) will receive a book to take home. Also, around 100 kindergartens in disadvantaged areas will get a KinderLibrary (a child-friendly bookcase and a selection of age-appropriate picture books), while over 1600 preschool teachers […]

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Regional trainings for 2019 Sotron Summer Programs begin!

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This year Sotron Summer Programs start in June, with 4 days of regional trainings in Focsani and Sibiu. Hundreds of preschool teachers are expected to join the trainings – teachers who volunteered to organise a Sotron Program this summer, in a disadvantaged rural or urban community – for at least 10 children age 3 – […]

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Every Child Deserves a Story & STEM Volunteer Readers – partnership for promoting reading aloud

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Asociatia OvidiuRo and Progress Foundation have recently signed a partnership in order to support each other in implementing projects that encourage children’s access to books and literacy – Every child deserves a story and STEM Volunteer Readers. The common goal is to make available books and educational materials so that children will have access to […]

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Circle of Security trainings for parents and teachers

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In April, OvidiuRo and Fundatia Noi Orizonturi held the first meeting with parents and preschool teachers within the newly launched pilot-project on parental education – based on the Circle of Security concept regarding early interventions to increase attachment and security in parent-child & teacher – child relationships. The pilot-project is implemented in Gura Sutii, Dambovița […]

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Over 16,000 Children Got Their Own Picture Book to Take Home (January – March)

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Between January – March, 2019, A Story for Every Child pilot program brought 16,400 picture books in the hands of preschoolers living in rural areas, in 12 counties (HR, GR, OT, VS, IL, VN, BH, AR, AB, TR, MS, CL). Also, 500 Master Teachers in these counties were trained by OvidiuRo, in order to conduct […]

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The First Medical Caravan in 2019 reached Stana village, Satu Mare

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On March 16, 2019, OvidiuRo organised, together with Caravana cu Medici NGO, the Paediatric and Women’s Health Caravan in the village of Stana, Socond, in Satu Mare County. For one day, 137 children and 87 women received free consultations for the specialties: paediatrics, radiology, ophthalmology, dentistry, gynaecology and oncology. A total of 52 specialist doctors, […]

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True West – The Alex Fund event in New York

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On January 22nd, supporters of The Alex Fund – old friends and new – gathered for a thrilling performance of Sam Shepard’s iconic play “True West”, starring Ethan Hawke & Paul Dano, on Broadway. Thanks to our donors and the Roundabout Theatre, $20,700 was raised to provide thousands of rural Romanian children with their very […]

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OvidiuRo and the Ministry of Education Sign a New Partnership, for Implementing “A Story for Every Child” Pilot Program

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At the end of January, 2019, OvidiuRo and the Ministry of Education signed a new partnership agreement for implementing A Story for Every Child pilot program, as a base for language, communication, and reading and writing development, for children age 3 – 6. The program has been implemented by OvidiuRo starting September 2018, and will […]

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OvidiuRo Master Teachers Annual Meeting in Sibiu

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At the beginning of February, around 50 preschool teachers participated, in Sibiu, in OvidiuRo’s annual meeting. This 3-days national meeting aimed to bring together all the teachers around the country who volunteered to bring quality early education closer to children, and teachers in poor rural and urban kindergartens. The workshops focused on : – Literacy […]

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Sotron Summer Program 2019

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Starting January, preschool teachers around the country can apply for being a volunteer in our Sotron Summer Program. The challenge for 2019 is to have a volunteer teacher in every community in Romania. The application form can be open here: http://bit.do/eGVcd. Structured as a 2-week module, Șotron Summer Program provides the basis for a new […]

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“A Story for Every Child” continues

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The pilot program that improves the children’s vocabulary – A Story for Every Child – continues. By the end of 2019, OvidiuRo will equip and train teachers in all Romanian counties. The program was launched last autumn, and between September and December, 12 counties benefited from a mix of interventions consisting of teacher training at […]

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“Povesti sub Lupa” brings 50 Reading and Science Corners in poor kindergartens

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OvidiuRo has launched “Povesti sub Lupa”, a project supported by Raiffeisen Bank that is building infrastructure for literacy & science in poor rural communities by equipping 50 kindergarten classrooms with Reading & Science Corners, while creating a network of 50 master teachers working with poor children. Besides a rich experience in kindergarten, the project also […]

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We have started the selection for 40 more Povesti sub Lupa literacy and science corners!

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The application form can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/yb4rmdqc The first 10 Povesti sub Lupa pilot-centres have already reached some of the poorest kindergartens in Romania, this spring. Starting September, a reading and science corner will be assembled in 40 more kindergarten classrooms, in the most disadvantaged villages around the country. Also, the preschool teachers working […]

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2018 Sotron Summer Programs regional trainings have started!

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The preschool teachers who want to volunteer this summer to run daily sessions in their kindergartens – a two-week educational module designed and supported by OvidiuRo – are invited to attend one of the regional trainings we are organizing, as follows: Bistrita county (June 20 – 22), Covasna county (June 25 – 29), Valcea county (June […]

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“Povești sub Lupă” brings 50 Reading and Science Corners in poor kindergartens

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OvidiuRo launches Povești sub Lupă, a project supported by Raiffeisen bank that is building infrastructure for literacy & science in poor rural communities by equipping 50 kindergarten classrooms with Reading & Science Corners, while creating a network of 50 master teachers working with poor children. Besides a rich experience in kindergarten, the project also provides […]

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A Story for Every Child Caravan has started! Thousands of preschoolers in poor communities and their parents will attend reading aloud sessions in kindergartens

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Starting February, 2018, Asociatia OvidiuRo is implementing A Story for Every Child Caravan, which aims to (1) raise the quality of literacy development activities in the most disadvantaged kindergartens, and, also (2) train preschool teachers for 2018 Sotron 2 educational module. The project is going to be implemented during this school semester, in partnership with […]

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Hai la grădiniță! Grants Expected to Bring Early Education to Over 400 More Rural Children

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For the second year in a row, Asociatia OvidiRo is encouraging rural communities to enroll all their 3-to-5-year-old children in grădiniță. Projects in 20 kindergartens in disadvantaged communities will ensure that no child is turned away from the local grădiniță due to lack of space. Selected schools will receive €1,200 in cash – to be […]

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Fiecare copil merită o poveste! Caravan begins Over 20,000 picture books will be distributed in disadvantaged communities.

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The caravan has began in February, in Satu Mare county, and aims to increase children’s exposure to new vocabulary and the world of books in kindergartens and, also, to train preschool teaches for Sotron Doi and Ateliere de Vara educational modules. The project will be implemented with the support of ‘host kindergartens’ in poor areas […]

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Hai la gradinita! for the 2018-2019 school year

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OvidiuRo has launched the second edition of Hai la gradinita! grants. The school directors can apply by March 30, by filling in an on-line application form provided by OvidiuRo. The project is financed, for the second year in a row, by NN Romania, and it aims to support local teams in the poorest communities in […]

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OvidiuRo’s Focșani training session in the regional media

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Monitorul de Vrancea was present at OvidiuRo’s training session in Focșani and covered some important aspects that followed OvR’s 2017 Summer Program in the Vrancea county. “Volunteering is beginning to speed up in Vrancea county, especially after successful projects like OvidiuRo’s 2017 Șotron Summer Schools. Vrancea is in the top counties where preschool teachers voluntarily organized […]

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OvidiuRo training sessions for 130 more beneficiary teachers from Maramureș region

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OvidiuRo training sessions for literacy and quality early education continue for 130 more beneficiary teachers from Maramureș region. During these training sessions we promote an educational philosophy that focuses on children’s needs and natural curiosity and teaching methods that rely on interactivity, critical thinking and continuous exploration. This year we support teachers who work with children from […]

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Modeling infrastructure for literacy and quality early education in poor kindergartens of Romania

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- A stop in Bistrița for the World Education Day – Over 70 preschool teachers and education specialists played their part in finding the answers during the first regional training session – of a series of 10 – organized by OvidiuRo in Bistrița last week. The Network of Teachers for Quality Early Education from Bistrița […]

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Pay It Forward! 2 Euro Monthly SMS Donations to Provide Poor Children with Their First Book

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OvidiuRo’s 2017-2018 SMS Draw Campaign to Support Early Quality Education and Literacy in Poor Rural Communities OvidiuRo call all supporters to Pay It Forward – donate 2 Euro / month for the acquisition of books for the poorest children in Romania and contribute to the quality of early education in disadvantaged communities.  The campaigns aims to explain […]

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Ethan Hawke, Reader for a Day in Iazu, Dâmbovița

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Our world is really as good as we make it and one of the things that’s still difficult about being an adult in our world is that if you don’t take time to care about the young people, we leave the world a much worse place. I’m realizing all of a sudden how many older people, […]

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Romanian Ministry of Education supports OvidiuRo’s best practices for quality early education

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OvidiuRo – Ministry of Education agreement for the national implementation of quality early education best practices  Minister of National Education, Liviu Marian Pop, and Executive Director of OvidiuRo, Maria Gheorghiu, signed, on September 19th, a collaboration protocol regarding the implementation of quality education best practices central to the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță (FCG) pilot program. The protocol’s main objective is ensuring logistic […]

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Iași TV Life: The Importance of Early Quality Education

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Over 100 teachers from the Eastern region of Romania were invited by OvidiuRo to the second of a series of 8 regional conferences on quality early education. The sessions emphasize on the importance of education in the first five years of life, with a special focus on educational development of children in poor communities. Quality early childhood education […]

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Pofta de carte in Iași county

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Reporter: I see you also received a book for the kid to take home.Do you think it will be useful? Mother: Of course. What I want for my child is that he can learn and … open his mind! I’m very glad when he can learn something new! The “Poftă de carte” Caravan started off […]

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The Pofta de carte Caravan in Olt county

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The “Poftă de carte” project aims at raising awareness around the importance of reading-aloud as well as that of a healthy nutrition for children. Preschoolers from Ipotești, Olt county, were invited to the local kindergarten to take part in an interactive read-aloud session along with their parents. The campaign is an initiative of OvidiuRo, the association […]

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10.000 picture books for children in marginalized communities

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Thousands of children whose parents never had the means to buy them a book will receive one for free through a project initiated by OvidiuRo – an NGO who supports children in disadvantaged communities. The project started in Bihor and throughout the coming school-year ten thousand books will find their way to less fortunate children. […]

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Teach for Romania meets Șotron Summer Schools

Jurnal pentru copii of Digi24 national television wanted to know how do Sotron Summer Schools work and who are the teachers who gave up two weeks of holiday this summer and prioritized poor children’s education. We went together to Cutuș, Crizbav, Brașov county the village where a Teach for Romania teacher Andreea Fierăstrăeru accepted the Sotron Summer […]

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20 grants for new kindergarten groups in poor communities

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Local teams in poor communities can apply until July 1st for one of the 20, 2500 Eur worth, grants made available by OvidiuRo for the creation of new kindergarten groups for the 2017-2018 school-year. The Hai la grădiniță! grants are open exclusively to disadvantaged communities. OvidiuRo launched the invitation to apply to over 400 such communities: the ones […]

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Series of 8 training session for teachers in poor communities

Opportunity in 8 Counties for Dedicated Teachers to Participate in Training Led by International Team of Experts It is a well-known fact that cognitive stimulation in the first five years of life is closely linked to school and professional success. That’s why it’s so important for our poorest children to also have access to quality early […]

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School supplies distributed to all poor children in Sibiu County

On Children’s Day, Sibiu County Council announces the distribution of another 1200 coupons for school supplies to kindergartens across the county, an action that was part of the broader “Rechizite pentru Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță” (School-supplies for Every Child in Preschool) Campaign. The school supplies are meant to support the quality early education of children from disadvantaged […]

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April, the Preschool Law info package month

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This month, 15,000 Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță desk calendars have reached the local teams involved in the implementation of the Preschool Law (Law. 248/2015)*. Social workers, mayors and principals across the country can now rely on a useful instrument for following and meeting their legal attributions and deadlines. These desk calendars mean to support local […]

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Application for the Dalcroze workshops OPEN

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In support of the community of teachers implementing Șotron schools, OvidiuRo is organizing and hosting two Dalcroze Rythmics Workshops on April 28 and 29. The Workshops will be delivered by rythmic professor and technique developer Anne-Claire Rey-Belletat from Jaques-Dalcroze Institute in Geneva. More information on the content, schedule and the enrollment procedure for these workshops, on […]

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Șotron Schools 2017

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Start for the 2017 Șotron Two Schools! Șotron Two is addressing children aged two or older, who – for some reasons – have not yet been registered in preschool. May-June is the timeframe we advise teachers to use for organizing weekly training sessions for both children and parents who have not yet become familiar with the kindergarten and […]

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Maramures County Council covered the costs with the school supplies for all FCG children

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This school-year, the Maramures County Council – in partnership with Prefectura, the School Inspectorate and OvidiuRo – covered the school supplies for all FCG children from the county budget. A total of 1616 kits for preschoolers in disadvantaged areas have so far been distributed fro the 2016-2017 school year.

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Maria Gheorghiu: What I Know Best is About Education and Poverty

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(interview) Leslie Hawke – Advocating for Diversity

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You’ve spent most of your life in the United States, a country which seems to have gathered all the minorities in the world. How did you perceive diversity while living in the US? What are the differences you’ve spotted between the Americans and Romanians when it comes to tolerance? The English novelist EM Forester said […]

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DOR: Maria Danced With the Mountains

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Full article (only available in Romanian for now) here.

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(Interview) Romanian Stories: Leslie Hawke, The Woman Who Dedicated her Life to Philantropy. She Helped Thousands of Romanian Poor Children Go to School

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‘Pofta de Carte’ Read-Aloud Caravan Begins!

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10,000 disadvantaged children will receive their own picture books to take home and 1000 kindergarten teachers will get “Big Books” Asociația OvidiuRo announces the start of the school-year long Read-Aloud Caravan “Pofta de carte”. The project is designed to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud and also of a healthy nutrition for young children […]

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Maria Gheorghiu & Leslie Hawke – The ALIANTA Award for Achievement in Humanitarian Work and Social Involvement

OvidiuRo Cofounders – Maria Gheorghiu and Leslie Hawke – received The ALIANȚA Award for Achievement in Humanitarian Work and Social Involvement, one of the three distinctions awarded during the 2016 ALIANTA Gala in Washington, in the presence of high-profile political and business representatives from the US and Romania. The ALIANTA Award is an acknowledgement of the long history of […]

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Donate a Book for The Poorest of Children Campaign

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On September 2016, The Romanian post company “Poşta Română” launched a book donation campaign benefitiing children from the pilot FCG program in Gura Șuții, Dâmbovița.  The Campaign’s call to action – “Donate a book for the kids who need one” was communicated among Poșta Română employees and during the “Strada de C’Arte” Festival and book fair, between September 21 – 25. More info […]

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A Summer of Reading Big Books to Poor Children

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Summer FCG Caravan in a nutshell

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September 2016 – For two months, OvidiuRo’s team has roamed the country in search for nearly 100 of Romania’s poorest communities in 15 counties.  The Summer FCG Caravan meant field trips to the most destitute communities recommended by county authorities, door-to-door recruitment of preschool children, Read Aloud sessions in kindergartens and in communities, providing poor parents with […]

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U.S. Ambassador Hans Klemm joins the FCG Caravan in Vernești

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OvidiuRo începe recrutarea copiilor de grădiniță

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The Summer Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță Caravan started on July 4, 2016. Here is a full page about it in a national business publication.

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