ElteraMed – Eltera Report #1/2019

During the cold period, we put together a medical team and went to two villages in Brasov County: Maierus and Arini. We offered medical consultations and treatment to 52 children, between 8 months and 15 years of age.

Our doctors showed much care and dedication towards the little patients. They have all walked a long way to get to us. Many children had bad colds and some of them also had other health issues that will need farther assistance. 

We had a colouring and activity corner for the children waiting for their turn. And tea and cookies for their parents. At the end of their medical check-up, the children got toys, hats, gloves, and socks. 

As a result of our medical clinic, other doctors from Brasov offered to be involved in future medical projects. We would like to go to different areas where there are no medical clinics in the village and the parents can not afford medical treatment for their children.

Our volunteers were amazing. They smiled at the children, listened to them and gave them good advice. 

Luca (9)  is one of our patients we met in Maierus. He would like to go to school one day. He needs surgery on both of his eyes, and we already found a doctor that is going to perform that on him, free of charge. 

All these children live in sheer poverty. Most of them don’t attend school. The small ones have not even been registered in kindergarten. 

Sara is a teenager from Arini. She would have liked to go to school, but she quit in 8th grade. She was the only girl from her village attending school. Everyone else dropped out, so she decided to stay at home and help her mom watching her little siblings. She met us at the medical clinic and she said she would like to continue her studies, even if she will be the only one from her village. She would like to be a part of our medical team in the future. 

While we were in Maierus, mothers walked from the nearby village to come to see our doctors. They had to carry their small children. Some of them ran a high fever. 

We initiated this medical campaign in order to prevent or help their medical problems, and also to identify their social situation. Right now we are working on putting together a larger team of medical staff. We also hope to establish educational support centres and assist the children in this matter. We would like to see all the children in Maierus and Arini attend school in September. 

Wishing you best of health,

Caty Roos

The Summer School – Eltera Report #2/2018

The Summer School is an educational program that takes place during the summer vacation, as a part of A pencil for Romania Project. That’s the definition.

In reality, we get up early, load the car with materials, call each other to make sure we are all ready on time, so that we can leave Brasov not later than 8:00, because all the children from the village are waiting for us in Fisher, before 10 o’clock.

We rush through the store to buy 40 yogurts and 40 cookie packs, for snack. While in the car, we plan details for the day. Which one of us takes over the youngest group, who will teach the lesson on geometric shapes, how long is everyone’s lesson and we shouldn’t forget to stamp their passports at the end of each lesson.

When we finally arrive, there are a lot of big smiles waiting for us. How could we not show up?

One day, it has rained very hard. This didn’t stop the children from coming to our summer school program. They were all there. Wet, but there.

“This was the best summer vacation ever”, said one of the girls.

We chose Fisher because there is already a family of 5 children which we have been supporting over the years. We also signed a collaboration contract with the school in order to help children attend school regularly.

The summer vacation is so long when there is nothing to do. So, for one month we went to the children and tried to teach them new things in fun ways. All the children from the village took part.

The program was called “Vacation Passport”. Each child made a passport. Each page was going to get stamped at the end of every activity, so four stamps in a day. At the end, the children with a fully stamped passport could join us for a day field trip to the Zoo in Brasov.

The children have done chemistry experiments with Teresa. Peter taught them math by playing games. Alex showed them how to create and recognize geometric shapes. Matthias taught them about rhythm in music. Daniel and Christa talked to them about obedience, faith and forgiveness.

I was the goat. The goat that lost two of her kids (Romanian traditional story). I told the children all that had happened to me and my kids. At the end of the story, the children gave interviews as witnesses of the whole drama. “What happened?” And their answers were their first public speaking lesson.

We taught them about countries, passports, cities, and they taught us about their village.

Among our group of children we found some with very sad eyes, some were abandoned by one of their parents, most of them were very, very poor, but they all had hearts filled with hope.

At the end of July we got everyone on the bus and took them to the Zoo in Brasov. We had some lonely “grandparents” from the Fisher Elder’s Home join us on the field trip.

We got free of charge access to the Zoo in Brasov. Special thanks to Mr Horia Nistor and to Mr. Alin Pinzaru, the director of the Brasov Zoo. Delaco sponsored all the diary products for the sandwiches.

Now, the children seem to have a different spark in their eyes; a bit more joy. And every time they see us, they smile really big. They know we are up to something good. We will be visiting them during the next school year. You have seven months to think about it. In May, we will be putting together our team for the 2019 Summer School and we would love to have you as part of it.

And this is serious business. You will have to:

1. Wake up early, even if you are off from work.

2. Come and teach something useful and interesting.

3. Prepare an illustration, a story or an activity connected to your lesson.

In case you don’t have teaching abilities, you can still help by:

1. Serving the snack.

2. Slicing the watermelon.

3. Making sandwiches for the field trip.

But, if you can not make yourself available for these activities either, (someone has got to work), you could donate money for materials and activities, mentioning it’s for the summer school.

Treasuring the children’s right to development and truly thankful for your support,

Eltera Team

by

Caty Roos – the boss 🙂

The office opening

We’ve talked about Eltera’s projects at the office opening in Ghimbav. We would like to support children that are in difficulty and invest in their development. It could be that our smiles and gifts are the only generosity lessons these children will ever learn. 

Eltera is a book. And we, the volunteers, write a page every day. Most of our children don’t know how to read yet, but we hope they can read our example.

Alex is one of our super heroes volunteers. He puts a lot of his limited free time and uses his amazing abilities to give a chance to hopeless children. 

If it weren’t for Alex, Bianca and her family would not have a new and nicely equipped home now. 

Alex has also taken on the Budila school where he coordinates the “A Pencil for Romania” program for the second grade where Gabi is also a student. 

Amalia and Andreea have important jobs in a multinational company. When they are with us, they put on work outfits and take on any challenge: they recondition chairs, assemble furniture and do interior designing. 

Claudiu is the boss at work. But, when he works with us he gets on the floor with the children and shows them how each piece of wood needs to be assembled to make a bed or a wardrobe. 

We try to build every day, brick by brick, the broken future of precious children. 

Elfriede + Erich Roos

Româna:
Elfriede și Erich Roos au sărbătorit împlinirea vârstei de 60 de ani. Au hotărât, cu generozitate, să ofere cadourile în bani primite din partea prietenilor, pentru cărămizi la casa Biancăi. 

English:
Elfriede and Erich Roos turned 60 this year and decided to generously donate their money gifts to us. So, what they got from their friends, they spent on bricks for our home.

Deutsch:
Elfriede und Erich Roos feierten dieses Jahr ihren 60. Geburtstag und spendeten ihre Geldgeschenke großzügigerweise an uns. Was sie von ihren Freunden bekommen haben, gaben sie also für Bausteine für unser Haus aus.

 

A Pencil for Romania – Eltera Report #1/2018

The children from the villages around Brașov, are struggling to attend school regularly. In the schools we’ve been visiting, we found out that only 50% of the registered children, attend school. After visiting the school, we went house to house to find the children. Sadly, there are also children that have never been registered in school. 

During one of our visits, it was minus 20Celcius outside. Some children were sick at home. Other children didn’t have winter shoes or clothes, so they also didn’t go to school. One evening before, we had put together pots, lemons, honey and tea bags, and handed them out the next day when we were there. 

In the classrooms, we rewarded the children that attend school regularly, by giving them story books and school supplies.

Then, we went to visit the children that were not at school and we also talked to their parents. 

Adela, her sisters and her brother were at home that day. It often happens that they skip school. Their mother has never attended school and she finds it difficult to get the children ready to go to school every morning, again and again. She starts working at the farm early in the morning and lets the children sleep in. 

For children like them, we’ve initiated the program “A Pencil for Romania”. This program is meant to help children attend school regularly.

We provide shoes, clothing, school bags and school supplies.

We also work together with the teachers from these school.

We’ve signed collaboration contracts with two schools from Brasov county and we hope to extend our program in the near future.

Caty Roos
President – Eltera Association