This is the group of eighteen local people who are travelling to Romania this week to work in an orphanage in Brashov.
The Codlea orphanage is home to 108 children aged from 3-20 years who have disabilities.
The group will organise play sessions and activities for the children as well as working with staff to identify longer term support needs.
The trip is being organised by Project Codlea who formed after a meeting in January 2015 at which a number of people from the city who have a long history in providing support to children in Romania and representatives from the Child Protection Agency in Brashov spoke about the work they have been involved in.
They also discussed the social issues that result in children being placed in orphanages and what support could be provided to children living in the Orphanages.
One of the group said “Although Romania is no longer in the headlines as a country with overcrowded and poorly maintained orphanages, there is still a long way to go to improve the standard of care to children who have been abandoned or put into care facilities.
“We’re looking forward to seeing the situation first hand, working with the children and building a long term project that will make a difference to the lives of the children. ”
Five areas of work have been identified including- Environmental improvement works to the orphanage, increase the number of host families who would commit to bringing a child to their home every year as part of their family for a number of weeks during the summer and or Christmas holidays so they can experience the love of a family and life outside the orphanage, support for staff who work in the orphanage and development of a volunteer programme.
All of the efforts will require significant efforts in terms of fundraising and the group say have been overwhelmed with the generosity of the people of the City and will bring much needed resources to the children this weekend.
A public meeting will be held after the trip and anyone interested in supporting the project will be welcome to attend. Find Project Codlea on Facebook.