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

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TVR Iasi-The FCG caravan arrives in Botosani and Iasi

The Eastern Romania regional branch of the national TV broadcaster – TVR Iași, covering the subject of the high risk of poverty among Romania’s children, the details of the National FCG Program and OvidiuRo’s recruiting Caravan in two of the counties with the highest numbers of potential beneficiaries of the food coupons for kindergarten. TV feature only available […]

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TvPlus-Summer Caravan in Suceava

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EuroTV Bacau-County authorities meeting

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EuroTv-Fiecare Copil in Gradinita Summer Caravan

The Fiecare Copil in Gradinita Summer Caravan arrives in OvidiuRo county of origin – Bacău. EuroTv news coverage available only in Romanian. Did you see how many parents came here today and brought their papers? They want their kids to be in preschool! And once they go through preschool, they are better able to handle […]

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Digi24: Can Romania eradicate poverty through education?

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Digi24: Inside reportage. The european country where millions of people live in extreme poverty

(Română) Un material foarte interesant, despre cercul vicios al sărăciei și despre soluțiile propuse, cu intervenția Mariei Gheorghiu, cofondator Asociația OvidiuRo.

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ProTV: La Măruță

Find out more about the families from Dragaesti Pamanteni (Dambovita County) and the Every Child in Preschool program in the community, starting min. 1:21.

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Stirile ProTV: Sotron summer school

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Pro TV: OvidiuRo offers parenting trainings to poorest families of Romania

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ProTV: OvidiuRo’s program “Every child in preschool”, a great succes !

In Araci, Covasna, 23 children in clasa pregatitoare were off to a great start in school thanks to the Fiecare Copil in Gradinita (Every Child in Gradinita) program that brought them daily to gradinita.

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Pro TV : Local team volunteers that bring the poorest children to kindergarten

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TV Partener- Every child to attend preschool

27 November 2014

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Național TV:Am ales să fiu rOMân-Maria Gheorghiu

OvidiuRo cofounder Maria Gheorghiu talks about our children and their chance to a better future.

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TVS Brasov Launch of Fiecare Copil in Gradinita

30 June 2014

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2014 Reportage of Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program

30 June 2014

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RTT Brasov: Every Child in Kindergarten in Budila

30 June 2014

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Digi 24 Brașov: OvidiuRo militates for the education of the poorest children

25 June 2014

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MixTV Brasov: We saw how it helped Tarlungeni so we decided to do it in Budila as well

25 June 2014 Simona Cristea (Coordonator local): “The attendance rate doubled and we now have more classrooms because of the high number of kids that attend kindergarten every day. We also saw an increase in the number of kids registered for class 0 and we are really happy that this project has worked out so […]

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Realitatea Brasov News- FCG doubled the attendance rate

25 June 2014 Starting with minute 5:27 you can see the news excerpt from the Brasov community of Budila.

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Unda de soc: Fiecare Copil in Gradinita

24 June 2014 Maria Gheorghiu, OvidiuRo cofounder, and Nicoleta Stelea, Brasov County Council representative discuss the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță expansion and preschool in Romania.

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Digi 24: The fight for impoverished kids’ education

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“We hope to develop a plan so that, by 2020, all poor children in Brasov County to benefit from this program,” said Maria Gheorghiu – cofounder association
In total, in Romania, the Foundation supports 1,500 children OvidiuRo, that only 2% of a total of 60,000, how would our country be eligible for this program.

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Pro TV: Thanks to”OvidiuRo” thousands of children are now attending kindergarten

“They are part of the future of our country. As long as we don’t pay attention to them and don’t educate them, the problems will only get more complicated” says Ariana Bucur, general school inspectorate of Brasov county.

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Romanian Files: Together for Rural Health

Stay tuned on TVR1 tomorrow, the 21st of May, at 21:00 pm. “The Romanian Files” team will be presenting a reportage on “The Rural Health Medical Caravan” project, the story of a group of medical students and doctors who volunteer to examine hundreds of patients in one day, almost each month.

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Schimbă vorba: “There are still plenty of 6 year olds that don’t know how to count”

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Maria tells Lucian about how it all began, metamorphosis, how education changes people and how we manage to bring Fiecare Copil la Grădiniță.

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Antena 1 Cluj: Princess Marina Sturdza: „An equitable social trade”.

“Offering food coupons in exchange for daily preschool attendance is a very equitable social trade. By helping a child, Fiecare Copil in Gradinita positively impacts an entire family.” Princess Marina Sturdza discusses with Maria Gheorghiu about our project at the “Sinteza Expertilor” (Antena 1 Cluj).

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Transilvania Look TV: Blue horse, blue horse, what do you see?

27 February 2014 Our cofounder Maria Gheorghiu was spotted by Transilvania Look TV and other Cluj local media working with the children in the Bontida kindergarten.

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Pro TV: Cluj, the first county to cover the food coupons costs of “Fiecare Copil in Gradinita”

Leslie Hawke: “This needs to be done on a national scale. It’s a good program if we do it here and there… but it will make a real difference when you lift up a whole generation of children”

Maria Gheorghiu: “Cluj becomes leader by covering the food coupons costs.”

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Pro TV: OvidiuRo provides glasses for the poorest children of Romania

For the poorest children of Romania that need glasses, like Adriana (5 years old, video), a visit to the doctor’s office could mean spending the family’s monthly income. Therefore the parents can’t afford to take them to be examined and the issues only get worse. All over the country, hundreds of kids have medical problems that remain untreated.

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ProTV: OvidiuRo carries on its mission of shaping kids future through early education

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In October, only 70 kids were enrolled at the Tarnava kindergarten. After implementing “Fiecare Copil in Gradinita” the number went up to 120.

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ProTV: The kids from Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță-Tarlungeni received winter clothes

“The poor families of Tarlungeni were not looking forward to the cold season because they couldn’t afford to buy winter clothes for their children.

This year, as part of the partnership between OvidiuRo and the city authorities , he families will receive warm clothes from the cityhall because the children attended kindergarten every day.”

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TVR Iasi: 1300 children from all over the country in Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță

“They probably wouldn’t be in kindergarten right now if their parents hadn’t been supported, morally and financially. The help for the poor families of Buhusi, didn’t come from the authorities, but from OvidiuRo and its supporters. Each month, parents get a food coupon worth 50 lei, if the children attend kindergarten every day. Right now, there are over 1,300 children nationally in “Fiecare Copil in Gradinita”.”

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ProTV: OvidiuRo continues its program “Fiecare Copil in Gradinita”. See how 82 children from Brasov are being helped

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Almost half of the 170 children in Budila who are between 3-5 years old live in poverty. OvidiuRo gives the families food coupons if the children attend preschool every day. Without this assistance, it would be almost impossible for the poorest kids to get the early education that they so desperately need.

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Digi24: Leslie Hawke, lifetime volunteer

OvidiuRo’s cofounder, Leslie Hawke, and Digi24 visit the Potlogi community, where Fiecare Copil in Gradinita has been helping the poorest children get quality preschool education.

” It really upsets me to see a child begging. It really makes me feel good to see a kid in school that I know would not be there, if it weren’t for the work we are doing ”

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ProTV:“Health comes first!” was learned by 1500 children from 14 counties during the summer school preparation programs

50 children from Araci Village, Covasna County are having fun and learning interesting things within the Atelierele de Vara Sotron, organized by Asociatia OvidiuRo, with the support of the GlaxoSmithKline company.
For about 2 weeks, the children have learned a lot of new things about the human body, how important it is to eat healthy and to practice physical exercises with regularity.

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1500 children learn to take care of themselves and our planet during summer School Preparation programs

The children embark on a 13-day trip and learn about their body, discover the benefits of healthy food and the importance of playing sports. They recap numbers and letters through writing exercises and applications play games and explore the surroundings in order to get ready for success in school. During this journey, the teachers serve as guides and the workbook “Good morning, children!” becomes the children’s best companion. Kids are encouraged to ask questions and find answers, to explore and discover, to be creative and act as team players.

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Ethan Hawke and Amalia Enache live at Palatul Copiilor

A great atmosphere at OvidiuRo’s event Before it’s Too Late, on June 26! See Ethan Hawke at Palatul Copiilor telling ProTV star Amalia Enache why he premiered Before Midnight in Bucharest.

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Tom Wilson video: two-minute video about the impact of Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță

English journalist Tom Wilson volunteered his time talent and equipment to shoot and produce this two-minute video about the need for Fiecare Copil in Gradinita in one community an the impact of the program in another one — just four kilometers away!

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ProTV: Ethan Hawke will be in Romania in June to support early education, April 2, 2013

Ethan Hawke will be in Romania in June to support early education for all and premiere his latest film, Before Midnight. Join us “Before It’s Too Late” on June 27. Ethan and director Rick Linklater will attend the premiere and have a “Talk Back” Q&A with the audience following the film.

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ProTV: Where are they now?

Check out this ProTV news story featuring Sergiu and Camelia who were only 3 when Maria Gheorghiu and Leslie Hawke met their mothers, 11 years ago, in Bacau.

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ProTV: Asociatia OvidiuRo gives a chance to poor children who want to go to kindergarten, December 8, 2012

Fiecare Copil in Gradinita helps poor kids go to kindergarten and their parents are helped as well through Asociatia OvidiuRo program. 26 children from Braniște, Dolj country, are going to kindergarten thanks to this program.

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ProTV: Poor children from Brateiu learned to brush their teeth, December 15, 2012

All the children from Brateiu, Sibiu who are part of the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program got vaccinated
and learned to brush their teeth through the health component financed by GSK.

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RFI (Radio France Internationale): FCG Health Component interview with Oana Livadariu & Alina Seghedi, December 12, 2012

OviduRo spokespersons explain how the 41 kindergartens around the country are implementing the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program and the purpose of the health component financed by GlaxoSmithKline.

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ProTV: 74 children and 7 sponsors for a new kindergarten, October 31, 2012

OvidiuRo’s role in rebuilding the Gura Sutii kindergarten made national ProTV news last night. When it was clear last year that the local authorities didn’t have the resources to expand and renovate the dilapidated kindergarten, OvR obtained the help of GDF Suez, Energy Assistance, Distrigaz Confort, Dedeman, Holcim and Lafarge — so that 74 impoverished Dambovita children can attend ‘gradinita’.

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Canal +: OvidiuRo’ activity on one of the most important French TV Channels, September 2012

September’s visit to Romania by two French Ministers, Interior and European Affairs, led French tv channel CANAL PLUS to do a story on OvidiuRo. The French Ministers were in Romania to discuss Roma immigration issues.

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Radio Itsy Bitsy: OvidiuRo campaign on early education, interview with Oana Livadariu, October 6, 2012

1400 people to help1400 poor children through an online campaign. OvidiuRo proposes Itsy Bitsy parents donate 50 lei per month to help keep a poor child in kindergarten . The campaign entitled “Direct pentru Copii” (Directly to the Children) is geared to individuals who care about education and want to invest in the future of Romania.

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ProTV: Health problems: the main reason poor preschool children miss class, August 31, 2012

85% of the children in the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program regularly attend kindergarten. The main reason they miss class is health problems. Six-year old Florentina, diagnosed with epilepsy, gets medical treatment.

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ProTV: Help a poor kid go to gradinita with an SMS to 8860, August 22, 2013

Last night ProTV News featured OvidiuRo’s Fiecare Copil in Gradinita program and our first SMS campaign 8860. Donations jumped 100%. Thank you Adriana Stere, Carmen Popa and Maria Apostol and the ProTV News team!

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ProTV: Two months of training for the children in kindergarten from Brateiu, June 23, 2012

OvidiuRo runs for two months each year trainings for children in kindergarten. The name of the program is Sotron 2. Watch the TV news here

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TVR 2: GSK sponsors program to tackle health and hygiene issues of impoverished children, June 9, 2012

OvidiuRo and GlaxoSmithKline launched a three-year partnership to add a health component to the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program. The local project teams will have the opportunity to apply for a grant to improve the health and hygiene of their poorest children. Children must attend preschool to qualify for the program.

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ProTV: Fiecare Copil in Gradinita brings more children to kindergartens from Apold, May 20, 2012

Sabina’s parents had no money to send her to school for more than fourth grades. She and her husband are aware of the importance of kindergarten and preschool for their child, AS ProTV reports from Apold, Mures on May 20th (2012). Watch the TV news here

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NovaTV Brasov: Fiecare Copil in Gradinita, April 24, 2012

“Don’t learn for me, learn for yourself!” … says a preschooler’s mom in Tarlungeni, Brasov. GlaxoSmithKline and OvidiuRo announced their new 3-year partnership to increase the health care of poor rural children.

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Radio Guerilla: interview with Leslie Hawke and Maria Gheorghiu, May 3, 2012

Why do Maria Gheorghiu and Leslie Hawke care about poor children and their education? Why is early education so important? Guerilla stars Mihai Dobrovolschi and Vlad Craioveanu try to pump the “secret” out of OvidiuRo cofounders on their Thursday morning Guerilla show.

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TvR1: Rom European, April 24, 2012

TV show filmed by the national television (TVR1) in our Dolj community Amarastii de Jos-Ocolna. Watch the TV show here

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TVS Brasov: The impact of Fiecare Copil in Gradinita in Tarlungeni comuna, Brasov, April 23, 2012

OvidiuRo cofounder Maria Gheorghiu and school principal Mihaela Popoiu discuss the implementation of the program in Tărlungeni. Popoiu explains the difficulties of getting all the poor children into kindergarten and the positive results of the OvidiuRo ‘s partnership with the local community.

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France Presse: Kindergarten is key to fight poverty, April 2012

“Storks and swallows,” the kindergartners in this Transylvanian village cry out when asked what birds arrive in springtime, then proudly count to 20 – unaware they are part of an experiment to help children beat the odds of a life mired in poverty. Read more here More about the author Read This all antivirus free […]

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PrimaTV: Interview with Leslie Hawke, Focus Monden, March 26, 2012

Interview with Leslie Hawke, Focus Monden – PrimaTV. Watch the TV interview here

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ProTV: OvidiuRo has launched the “Fiecare Copil in Gradinita” public awareness campaign, March 15, 2012

OvidiuRo is fighting to help poor families understand the importance of intellectual stimulation in the 1st 5 years of life. Watch the TV news here

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Radio Romania Sibiu: Interview with Maria Gheorghiu, March 14, 2012

OvidiuRo cofounder Maria Gheorghiu explains Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program to a group of Sibiu journalists .

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TV Eveniment, Sibiu: Preschool children from Vurpar built the most beautiful castle in the world, March 14, 2012

Local journalists in Sibiu helped Vurpăr preschoolers to build a castle out of cartoon pieces. The activity was part of a local media event organized by OvidiuRo at the Vurpăr kindergarten to show results of the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program, which could eventually become a county-policy in Sibiu. Prefect Horațiu Răcuciu and OvidiuRo cofounders […]

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ProTV: 100 children in a village in Brasov county have a chance of a better future thanks to Ovidiu Rom, March 2, 2012

Almost 100 children in a village in Brașov county, who had been condemned to misery and ignorance, started to love learning and are now going to preschool. Watch the TV news here

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