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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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(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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Skylady: Leslie Hawke- From New York to Bacau via charity

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When I arrived I had no idea what, if anything, I might be able to contribute to as an American volunteer – or what it would be like living in Romania. I’d never lived outside the US before.

But I loved the “foreignness” of Romania, “Europe with an edge”, as a friend of mine called it. I immediately got interested in the little children I saw begging on the street in Bacău and getting them into school became the focus of my volunteer work.

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Leslie Hawke featured in this month’s Forbes Romania

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The May issue of Forbes Magazine spotlights some of Romania’s most influential women — and among those featured is OvidiuRo’s cofounder Leslie Hawke. At the award ceremony Monday night, she accepted the “Award for Excellence in Education” on behalf of the 22 women at OvidiuRo who have made OvidiuRo one of the most respected NGOs in the country.

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Transilvania Reporter: Cluj, ahead of New York on early education for the poorest children

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“Meal coupons are a great incentive for poor parents and that’s how we give severely impoverished children have a change to be integrated in our society” noted Maria Gheorghiu.

Leslie Hawke added that ” Maria and I have been working on this for 14 years and we concluded that kds who attend preschool have a much better chance of succeeding in life”

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