11 February 2014

Raiffeisen, our partner, just posted an article by Leslie on their blog.

Click here to see article, only available in Romanian, on Raiffeisen Communities or scroll down to read it in English.

On Monday, January 20th five sleepy OvidiuRo people piled in our van at 6 am and headed up to Brasov to meet some of you working at the Operational Center. Our mission: to recruit you for our new OvR-Raiffesen joint volunteer program. We had no idea what to expect or how many people would show up to hear about our program.

The first thing I noticed when we walked inside the Operation Center were the photos of staff on the wall board. It reminded me of how the gradinita teachers we work with post the names of all the kids in the class on the front wall of the classroom. Starting next fall, thanks to Raiffeisen, the teachers will be able to put up head shots of the kids when we give them Evolio TABBIES (tablets specially designed for butter-fingered 5-year olds) so the kids can take their own selfies and put their pictures, as well as their names, on the bulletin board.

And that’s not all! There are over 90 pre-school age children in Budila and twice as many in Tarlungeni and Zizin – all extremely poor, living in overcrowded, dilapidated conditions. Their parents have an average of four grades. Our goal is to help these kids graduate from high school!

Last year we answered a “call for help” from the City Hall in Budila in which they wrote: “We have desperate cases in our community. Children who have literally no clothes, so they cannot go to school, children who are literally hungry.”

Now OvidiuRo is working with the local authorities to make it possible for young children to get some warm clothes and a nutritious snack at gradinita, and for the family to get food coupons if the children come to gradinita every day.

We hope you will want to get involved in being part of the solution in Budila, and in March, you’ll get a chance to visit the community and meet the children and some of their parents.

Raiffeisen has been a sponsor of OvidiuRo since 2006. Recently, Raiffeisen’s support has evolved
into a truly collaborative and substantial CSR partnership. This year, your company and its employees are making it possible for over 260 severely impoverished children in Judetul BRASOV to go to preschool as a result of our program Fiecare Copil in Gradinita.

In the immortal words of Claude Raines, “Louie, I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” (see video) I certainly hope so.