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

Sorry, this entry is only available in Română.

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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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A Summer of Reading Big Books to Poor Children

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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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“People are more complicated than corn”

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Prime Minister Dacian Cioloș visited the kindergarten from Podu Cristinii

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Every Child in Preschool. Except for Nicușor.

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Oana Dan & Silviu Panaite, Dela0.ro, November 2015 I Nicuşor It’s Monday, September 28, around noon. The first harsh wind of autumn has blown away the small reddish dogs that usually lie around in the sun on the cobbled streets of Traian, a village in southern Romania. The very few dogs who venture outside hang around […]

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Playing mom & dad

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Alexandra și Bogdan Dincă, Hotnews, 18 November, 2015

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The miracle in Iazu, the village where gypsies send their kids to discover the universe: “We didn’t even know there is such a thing!”

Mihai Voinea & Auras Mihaiu, Adevărul, November 1, 2015 In this Roma community in Dâmboviţa, the number of children who attend gradinita rises every year …Somehow, the idea that the parent who doesn’t send his kid to gradinita will bear great shame has spread through this community… “When the parents come to pick up the […]

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Peter Hurley: I became teacher for a day, and got a lesson for life!

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My little boy goes to a new public kindergarten in a working class suburb of the capital city. It’s got an extended programme that keeps him busy until evening. He has his own locker for changing his clothes. He has his own bed for a sleep in the afternoon, with his own pillow and pyjamas. […]

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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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ForbesKids: Why is kindergarten a great investment?

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“On February 12, 2013, President Barack Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a national discussion that continues to permeate the front page of every newspaper in America. And China has set a goal of giving its children three years of preschool education by the year 2020.
Why all this focus on early education? And why should it matter to each of us that every child is in gradinita?”

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Cluj celebrates one year of Fiecare Copil in Gradinita

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Cluj County Council is delighted with the efficiency of our program, Fiecare Copil in Gradinita. They recently shared this article on their website, where Vakar Istvan, the Vicepresident talks about it: “We are extremely pleased that our decision to be the first county in Romania to get involved financially and logistically in the implementation of this socio-educational project proved to be more than inspired, the percentage increased the children’s kindergarten attendance. It has been truly remarkable, far beyond the most optimistic expectations. The success of this first year of implementation of the pilot project

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Mesagerul de Covasna: Second county to expand with public funds?

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The June edition of Mesagerul de Covasna presents the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program and OvidiuRo’s proposal for expanding, at the meeting with the local authorities.

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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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The beginning of a beautiful friendship

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.

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Borgen: Roma Children Struggle for Education

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Borgen presents the Fiecare Copil în Grădință program and what it does to support the access of very poor children to preschool education, therefore offering them a chance to a better life in Romania.

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OvidiuRo in The Christian Science Monitor

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“OvidiuRo has become a crucial component of education reform in Romania”

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HotNews: Maria Gheorghiu-Essential problems in the education system, from the NGO’s perspective:early education and the teacher preparation.

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At a recent meeting of educational NGO’s, Maria Gheorghiu proposed that the Ministry of Education publish an annual report, measuring the enrollment rate, the attendance and school performance by community.

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OVR appears on CBS News and Daily Mail websites

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We recently took a Getty Images photographer, Sean Gallup, to see a Roma community from which people are migrating to Western Europe.
You can see from the photos why a person would find more hope living on the street in Lille, France than in a house in Ponorata. (If you wonder why everyone is so dirty, well, there are two water pumps for 400 people – and one of them doesn’t work.)

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Capitalists for Preschool

IN his State of the Union address, President Obama called for making preschool available to every 4-year-old in America, opening a welcome discussion on whether and how to make the investments needed to realize this vision.

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Click pentru Femei: Mihaela Popoiu, a School Principal who cares, November 2012

Mihaela is principal of eight schools and kindergartens in Tărlungeni, Brașov. She is committed to doing everything she can to help the children of Tărlungeni get a better life through education.

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Evenimentul Zilei: The story of a health mediator, November 2012

Gianina Prisan works as a health mediator in Vaslui. In her 18 years in the job she has helped a lot of poor people get to the doctor. But the most difficult was when a mother died giving birth to her eight child.

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Bewhere: Leslie Hawke speaks about volunteering, September 2012

Leslie Hawke proposes that companies create a fund for employees’ pet peeve projects.

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Taifasuri magazine: Leslie Hawke works and lives in Romania, September 2012

Leslie Hawke talks about her activity as OvidiuRo cofounder, her fascination for Romania, and the importance of early education.

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Reader’s Digest: Our world doesn’t have a meaning for them, September, 2012

OvidiuRo cofounder Maria Gheorghiu tells the powerful story of Coroieni, the poorest community in the Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program.

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Medic.ro: From New York to Bacau and from school to kindergarten, August, 2012

The story of Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță from Leslie Hawke’s arrival at Otopeni to OvidiuRo’s establishment – the importance of early education and the need to turn it into public policy by 2020.

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Harper’s Bazaar: Four women, four mentors, August 2012

The story of four women who have an influential role in their fields of activity: politics, fashion, civil society, culture. A short review of Leslie’s arrival and activity in Romania.

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Ziare.com: Leslie Hawke speaks about the situation of poor children in Romania

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1. Mrs. Hawke, we’ve first met eight years ago, when you had just moved to Bucharest and started working with children and their mothers. How has your mission evolved in the meantime? Did it get easier?

Eleven years ago, when Maria Gheorghiu and I started an education program for child beggars in Bacau, we worked with kids of all ages. When we added the Bucharest programs in 2004, we also worked with all ages, including the creation of a Second Chance program at School 141 in Sector 5. But we discovered over time that the older kids usually didn’t stay in school more than a year or two. However, across the board, the results for their younger siblings was much better.

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Cuget Liber, Constanța: School and education reach the core of the gypsy tribe, June 2012

Castelu comuna had the first Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program. Thanks to principal Antoneta Prodan, the number of classrooms has grown from four to nine.

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Tarom Insight: Tarom asks, Leslie Hawke answers, June, 2012

“What takes most of your time lately?”.They ask. “Convincing the Romanian government to motivate impoverished parents to send their kids to preschool by linking their children’s daily attendance to food coupons”, she answers.

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OvidiuRo in the French Press

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We are proud to announce that OvidiuRo has made the headlines in your country.
Below is a list of the main articles.

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SuperBebe Magazine, May 2012

Mothers know best… Educated mothers understand the importance of early education for the healthy development of their children.  But uneducated mothers often don’t realize this.  More about our 2012 campaign on the importance of early education in the May issue of Superbebe Magazine. The thorough interview is available in Romanian. For the original version of […]

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Dilema Veche: Who attends kindergarten? April, 2012

Reporter Stela Giurgeanu interviews Maria Gheorghiu on the history of Fiecare Copil în Grădiniță program and why early education is so important to break the vicious circle of poverty, April, 2012.

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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 Roma children beat the odds of a life mired in poverty.

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Femeia Magazine, April 2012

An interview about how OvidiuRo co-founder deals with both private life and her mission in Romania. The thorough interview is available in Romanian.

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Covasnamedia.ro: Van Damme, hold the pencil correctly, March, 2012

Reportage on Hetea community from Covasna reveals that 88% of the impoverished children living in this extremely poor community attend kindergarten regularly even though they live more than one kilometer away.

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Elle Magazine, April 2012

ELLE magazine journalist Alina Baisan has visited Tarlungeni and Zizin communities in Brasov. She had never been in a Roma community before. Here is an extensive reportage showing the impact the visit had on her. The thorough interview in available in Romanian.

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Tango Magazine, February 2012

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OvidiuRo’s co-founder Leslie Hawke spoke about her first visit to Romania, her activity in more than ten years of work, her recent love story and marriage and her future plans to the Romanian online magazine www.revistatango.ro. The thorough interview in available in Romanian.

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Forbes Romania, January 2012

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After six years, Leslie Hawke is trading the Halloween Charity Ball for new stakes – persuading important members of the Romanian corporate sector to regard the education of Romanian children as an investment in the future of the country in which the company is profiting.

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