ROMANIAN JOB APPLICANT RECOGNISES VALUE OF BLYTHSWOOD’S AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME
Albertus, now 22, works in other parts of Europe for two or three months at a time but always likes to return to his native Romania.
There in the Banat region he has own dance band which is frequently invited to events promoting the culture of the Roma people.
Recently he completed job applications to two local companies. And he attributes his ability to do this to the help he received as a youngster at Talita Kum, Blythswood’s after-school programme for disadvantaged children.
“Albertus says he would have been illiterate to this day without Blythswood,” says Talita Kum director Adrian Popa who spoke with him recently. “It was in TK that he learned how to hold a pencil and to write, how to use a knife and fork, and even how to take a shower.
“But he says what he liked best was the food – and Titi [the cook].”
It’s significant that the children know Talita Kum simply as the ‘cantina’. For children from the poorest homes, a square meal is their first requirement to enable them to concentrate on their lessons.
Today Talita Kum provides more children than ever with the nutrition and mentoring they need to persevere at school and to grow into young adults able to participate in wider society.