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Ovidiu Rom Charity Profile
HISTORY of Ovidiu Rom programs
2001 While working for the Fundatia de Sprijin Comunitar in Bacau, Romania, Peace Corps Volunteer Leslie Hawke together with Soros trained progressive teacher Maria Gheorghiu obtain a USAID grant to start (1) a program for fifteen impoverished mothers based on The Doe Fund’s Ready, Willing & Able welfare-to-work program in New York City and (2) an education program for children who beg on the street. These complimentary programs are called Gata, Dispus si Capabil.
2002 We discover that for every child on the street begging, there are two or three other siblings languishing at home. Education program grows and expands to two additional schools.
2003 Cartiere mai bune – neighborhood improvement projects are implemented in Bacau and Buhusi.
2004 Hawke and Gheorghiu found Asociatia Ovidiu Rom and begin Mothers Program in Bucharest.
2005 Ovidiu Rom introduces the education program to Bucharest at School 141. Ovidiu Rom is accredited by the Ministry of Education to implement its Second Chance school reintegration curriculum. USAID awards Ovidiu Rom Citizen Citation for innovative programs.
2006 Ovidiu Rom launches Fiecare Copil in Scoala (“Every Child in School”), a multi-partner initiative to get every child in Romania registered and attending school and on a path to high school graduation by 2020. Ovidiu Rom begins training municipal teams comprised of representatives of the Local Council and the School Inspectorate to implement its methodology for getting and keeping children in school, which has been honed over five years.
2007 Sixty schools from eight counties implement Ovidiu Rom’s summer School preparation programs. 1700 at-risk children participate in an intensive curriculum to ready them for successful integration in the local public school.
2008 Ovidiu Rom’s Education White Paper entitled Learning from America’s Mistakes: A Proposal for Closing the Education Gap recommends the national implementation of a dozen measures (with estimated cost breakdowns) to ensure that current education legislation is enforced and that proven strategies are expanded country-wide. 4400 children benefit from the summer programs.
2009 Multi-media public awareness campaign Scoala te Face Mare is launched to encourage early school enrollment and reporting of related problems via the child hotline run by Telefonul Copilului. Project partners: Ministry of Education, National Agency for Child Protection, Saatchi & Saatchi, Carrefour and Pepsi. Ovidiu Rom initiates the Adopt a School program to bring together Corporate Social Responsibility programs and local community needs.
2010 Ovidiu Rom Phase II of Scoala te Face Mare was launched in May. With the Ministry of Education, OVR initiated “Fiecare copil în gr?dini??” inviting mayors across Romania to apply for a grant to help them get every impoverished child in their community between the ages 4-6 in preschool. In September this program started in 13 new communities.
Ovidiu Rom Volunteer Information
Make a difference in the life of a child and the future of Romania. Help Ovidiu Rom achieve its mission to get every child in school by donating your time, talents, and skills. Just a few of the ways you can put your abilities and interests to good use:
Work with children: help with homework, teach English language or computer skills, coach sports activities, and assist with field trips.
Train staff, teachers, social workers and community aides: share your professional skills and expertise with our team.
Recruit children for school: help our staff recruit and register disadvantaged children for school in neighbourhood school recruitment drives.
Provide office support: translate documents, update databases, make phone calls, and other general office duties.
Ovidiu Rom also needs assistance in fundraising, Marketing, PR, and IT support.
Internship certificates and volunteer contracts are provided to volunteer on request.