A typical day at Talita Kum
12.30 : Games
13.00 : Full meal
13.30 : Chores
14.00 : Homework
16.00 : Outside play and exercise
17.15 : Supper
17.45 : Bible Story
The children also have the opportunity to go to camps in the long summer holidays. They enjoy fresh air, games, good food and comfortable living conditions in contrast to their usual lives.
Talita Kum has the full support of the school and town mayor. Local teachers volunteer their time to help. Talita Kum has made basic improvements to the housing of some of the poorest families, benefiting the children and their parents.
We now have a charity shop in Jimbolia which is very successful. The profits from the shop go towards the costs of running the after school club with the aim of making it self-sufficient in time.
In 2012 we were able to open Talita Kum 2, (TK2), as we had identified that many children who went through the TK1 programme then dropped out of school once they no longer had the support they had been receiving.
Our partners Suits on Bikes raised the funds to buy the old Communist Party HQ buildings in the town and we then applied for and received a European Union grant to completely refurbish and equip the centre. Now over 40 young people continue their education with this support. This led to a decline in early-school leaving, premature marriage and youth crime in the region and a significant increase in young people going onto some further education or into apprenticeships and work.
When the schools close at midday, many young children have to fend for themselves. Talita Kum provides a six-hour programme, five days a week for 40 children from some of the poorest households in Jimbolia, Romania.
The children receive clothing and a weekly shower as well as nourishing meals at the programme. But our main purpose is to give them help with their homework and preparation for exams and to encourage them to finish their education.