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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Media Campaign - Conference

Hello everyone

On the 11th of December, we realized a conference in the Judeţeană Library in Rm. Valcea. This was to promote our campaign "Another Brick in the Wall" within the community and let them know what we have been doing.
We presented our Problem and made a screening of our First Short Movie.

If you want to watch it you can do it here: What do you know about Rroma?

This was the poster used to promote the conference. We were happy that a lot of children were present and that somehow we managed to have a little debate about our theme.

Once again we tried to convey that we should not judge other by where they come from, what color they are or what are their beliefs.

We had a very good question from one of the kids, that was as follow: "But do I have to like everyone? Do I have to be friends with everyone?" Our answer was that: "No, you don't.", but that does not give anyone the right to discriminate based on gender, color, religion or ethnicity.

It's normal that we don't like all the people that come into our lives, but just because we don't like them, doesn't mean we can't be tolerant.

Here are some pictures from that day.

We thank you all for taking the time to listen to us and hopefully you'll start to make a difference.

If you want to know more about us and our work check our pages: CYERC EVS; and Another Brick in the Wall

Monday, December 1, 2014

Media Campaign - 1st Video

Hello everyone

Has you already know we started a Media Campaign about discrimination between Romanians and Rroma. We decided to divide this in 3 short movies.

In this first movie we will show you what the general Romanian population thinks about the Rroma communities. It was very hard for us to feel so much animosity between the two sides of the story. 

We talked to random people in the streets, to the principal of one of the schools we are working with and also to some of our friends.

Most of the Romanians have a bad impression of the Rroma communities. They say that they are stealing, begging, creating fights. And of course we know that this happens, but it happens in both sides. There are also Romanians that are stealing and creating problems, so let's not close our eyes and put the blame only on one side. 

There is work to be done on both sides so that these situations stop happening.

Start you day with a smile and you'll see it a lot easier to put the stereotypes to the side.

Be careful with the bell because it's time to wake up.

If you want to know more about our campaign check our page at Another Brick in the Wall 

We are all human, let's stop this.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Media Campaign - Start

Hello everyone

We have some news for you.

In the past weeks we have been preparing a media campaign. It's named Another Brick in the Wall and here you can see the Facebook page.

During our time in Romania we noticed that there are discrimination problems between Romanians and Roma. And this is happening everywhere, in the schools, in the streets, in the work places, etc.

This campaign is to create awareness and develop the seed to change this situation.

We are all Humans. One of our concepts is to show that both sides do the same things and have the same responsibilities.

We are workers!

Like in all places in the world there are good people and bad people. This is not related to the color of your skin or in which country you were born in. So why do we keep these stereotypes going and poisoning our minds and societies.
We all go through life working, raising our kids, taking care of our grandchildren, with friends and making the best of it.
This situations has got to stop.

We both wait for the same bus!

We are friends!

 We are grandparents!

We are mothers!

We have been going to the communities making interviews to try and know more about what people really think about this situation.

We are trying to make a difference and change a little bit of the general mentality.

We hope to count on you all to help us and make this world a better place. We may sound a bit cliche here but we believe we can do it.

For more information you can also go to CYERC EVS Project

Thank you for your support :D

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween week

Hello everyone!!

Hope you all have been good!

This was a special week for us all. And that was because we just had Halloween. During this time all that is dark and mysterious comes to life. During this time we believe in demons and vampires and werewolves. It's the time of pranks and trick or treat.

In order to celebrate this even, we decided to make special activities. So we dedicated this whole week to Halloween.

We told creepy stories, made ornaments, masks and of course the Jack Oh'lanterns from pumpkins.

Time for a little spiritual session, to scare the most sensible ones. Don't worry nobody was really possessed. It was just a little play :)

We decided to take pumpkins and have the children make Jack Oh'lanterns. And they did a great job, as you can see in the pictures.

Our little ones in kindergarten painted a big pumpkin, a ghost and a witch.

We also played some traditional games like apple bobbing. In this game they had to take the apple from the bowl without using the hands. It's was quite funny see them try and not get wet :D 

They also prepared their own masks for the night of 31st October where they would go Trick or Treat.

It was a really fun week and we know that the kids had a great time with us.

If you want to see more pictures of this week click here!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Forum theater in School nr 4

Hey hey everyone!

Hope you all have been well!

During this week we had a special task to prepare. Remember that we made a training about Forum Theater (You can know more about this here).  So this was the time to put that training into something.

We prepared a small play about Bulling and Discrimination in the schools of Romania. In this case we portrait between Romanian and Roma (gypsy) children, but it could be easily the other way around or between the same nationality or minority. It's a world problem that must be fought and with this example we tried to create awareness to the situation.

Remember that this play is made by volunteers and not professional actors. We went to school nr 4, in Ramnicu Valcea. After presenting the situation we got help from the 8th grade students in order to find the solution.

We are very happy to say that it was a complete success.

Here you can watch our performance and let us know if the solutions were appropriate or what other actions could be done to eradicate this problem from our societies.

We would like to thank the school, teachers and students for participating and helping us make this possible.

Let's eradicate this situations from our schools. Say no to discrimination and bulling.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Meeting with Parents in Colonia Nuci

Hello everyone :)

On the last Wednesday, 2nd of October, we were invited to attend a parents meeting in Colonia Nuci school.

We were very surprised and honored when we received the invitation from the principal of the school.

In this meeting we would be explaining to the parents our own campaign. We plan to go stay some days in the school in order to wake up the kids in the morning to prevent absenteeism. 
Our objective is also to let the parents know that we are not gaining anything with what we are doing, and that it's really about the children.

We noticed that some of the parents were touched by our gesture and were wiling to help us. We really hope that we can put this project into motion.

Being invited by the principal made us feel that we were really part of the community and that they think of us as part of the solution. We were truly happy.

Thank you all so much! :)

Week in the School

Hello everyone

After our training in Sinaia, we have returned to the schools with more motivation to work with the children. New activities and ideas have been put into practice.

Since we had some new volunteers with us, some introductions were in order, so we played some games to get to know each other again.

Since we are in the Autumn right now, one of the activities that we made with the smaller ones was drawing something with Autumn has a theme.

We have to say that some of them were really good.

One of the days was dedicated to sport activities, so we made three legged races, mimics and other energizers. These have been really fun days.

Thank you to all the children. Hope you had fun with us also. We''l be back next week.