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Present in Romania since 1992, Terre des homme s (Tdh) helped 3,734 parents and children in 2013, by strengthening the national child protection system.

Poverty, unemployment and the absence of economic perspectives despite entering the European Union in 2007 - not to speak of the persistent discrimination against the Roma minority - create huge problems when it comes to child protection. Many parents migrate, leaving their children behind. Others take theri children with them, heading for the big cities, where they have to contend with begging on the streets. It is the ethnic minorities that have to endure the greatest discrimination. The Romanian authorities are making some efforts to prevent marginalisation, but real changes at local level only take place very slowly. Sometimes the situation goes backwards when a local politician decides to take the populist route.

Our Intervention:

Strengthening the child protection system - Tdh encourages and supports the government in the establishment of an effective network for child protection. In Dolj, training is offered to social workers in order to improve the prevention and protection measures for children.

Incusion of the Roma communities and other minorities - The zefiR project aims to improve access to education, health and housing, the main drivers of reducing economic and social dispairties, it also seeks the social inclusion of the most vulnerable.

Protection of children on the move - the Mario project protects children on the move and contributes to the improvement of their wellbeing, with services tailored to their specific protection needs. The children are involved and actively participate in this process. The Icarus project focuses primarily on the prevention of child trafficking and the protection of Roma children victims of trafficking

2013 Results

  • 166 professionals, primarily soical workers were trained in order to meet the specific protection needs of children
  • 12 vulnerable communities benefited from tangible changes in education, health and housing
  • In 29 localities, emphasis was placed on supporting victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation as well as supporting children left behind and disadvantaged families
  • Remedial after school activities have been offered to Roma children who have a high risk of dropping out of school
  • 36 local initiatives were implemented with the support of Tdh, in which 170 community representatives took part
  • 1096 children benefited from a service in 22013

A "twin story of success"

Marius and Daniel are brothers and classmates. Seeing their physical resemblance, which is quite stunning, everyone's first assumption is that they are twins. In reality Daniel is one year older than marius but he failed to pass his second grade and found himself in the same class as his brother.

Marius and Daniel come from a family with twelve children and their mother died two years ago. Although their father is mostly supportive, the eldest sister had to take the family responsibility and thad to quit school. The risk of school drop-out was also high for Marius and Daniel. They were however included into a variety of programmes supported by Tdh. Claudia Dinca, Tdh Child Protection Assistant recalled: "It was outstanding the way they learned to read and write, to make calculation." Their school performance increased significantly. They feel good at school, they made a lot of friends, are more self-confident, participative and eager to share their everyday success.

Day by day, they got enough trust in themselves to turn dreams into reality. On 'Take over day" in November 2012, Marius became a ground traffick controller at the main airport in Bucharest. Although he is only 11 years old, he managed to lead the landing and taxiing of an aircraft and then visited the cabin together with a pilot. With a big smile on his face he exclaimed: "I would like to become a pilot and I know I have to get high grades and learn a lot".