With your support, a 12-year-old girl is working hard to make up for years of missed primary education. When she was six, Andreea’s family moved to Italy. Travelling from place to place, none of their children were enrolled in school.
By the time the family returned to their home village of Jimbolia, western Romania, Andreea was severely disadvantaged. She didn’t know how to read or write and her lack of school experience left her very shy and withdrawn in the company of other children.
Talita Kum – Blythswood’s after-school programme for children from low income
homes – is now helping Andreea to make up for lost time.
At Talita Kum, Andreea receives a cooked meal and has access to hot showers and clean clothes.
Teachers give her the one-to-one attention that she needs to help her get to grips with the basic of reading, writing and arithmetic.
And social workers visit her parents who are illiterate and unemployed, to help them see the importance of sending their children to school.
The fast-growing girl is taking full advantage of the opportunity given to her by your generous support. Since joining Talita Kum last summer, she has not missed a single day at school.
“Andreea has proved to be hard-working and dedicated to learning,” says Carmen Popa who teaches her. “She’s a lot more mature than her classmates and prefers to be given responsible tasks like setting the table or hanging out the towels when the other kids are playing with toys.
“Andreea has already been on a ski trip to Semenic with us this year and we hope to take her to camp this summer to help her see what lies beyond her poverty.”
Photo above: Your gifts for educational projects help children like Andreea to make up for lost opportunities at school