Posted by: aburne | 30/07/2013

Summer Camp 2013

One of the highlights of the year for the kids is the Stupinikids and this year as normal we had a great team from Kings Church Horsham. Within the Horsham team very were many familiar faces of people who have been coming out for several year now and also some people who had never been to Romania before.

Rodica and Serena kicking off the worship time

Rodica and Serena kicking off the worship time

The Theme for this years camp was looking at the characteristics of God such as God the Father, God is Love, God Heals, God the Comforter. Various members of the team would conduct a morning talk and an evening talk. Each talk would start of with games, a time of worship and then the talk or the drama.

Amazing how many games you can do with popcorn

Amazing how many games you can do with popcorn

During the day the team ran various workshops from crafts, face painting and obstacle courses.

Tricky Nicky took the camp by storm this year

Tricky Nicky took the camp by storm this year

On the last day of the camp we ran the much loved Olympics where the teams of kids would compete against each other on different obstacles. After the Olympics the kids were let loose on the famous death slide and the evening was finished off by the traditional camp fire and songs around the fire.

Getting Ready for the Olympics

Getting Ready for the Olympics

After the camp the Horsham team then went to the Stupini area of Brasov and had a BBQ with the kids and again ran some workshops.

One of the Olympic games

One of the Olympic games

The camp this year was as always fantastic with some many kids lives touched. Also special thanks to the Horsham team who made great sacrifices coming out and worked so hard in the months leading up to the camp preparing their work shops and games.

Serena face painting

Serena face painting

The Team and some of the kids

The Team and some of the kids

Kids of all ages loved the slide :-)

Kids of all ages loved the slide ūüôā

Meal time

Meal time

Mr Codreanu as someone else

Mr Codreanu as someone else

Our surprise visitor this year once non other than Mr Andy Robinson

Our surprise visitor this year once non other than Mr Andy Robinson

But he wasn't keen on the  idea of his bike being used in the Olympics :-)

But he wasn’t keen on the idea of his bike being used in the Olympics ūüôā

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Posted by: aburne | 24/07/2013

Stupini Kids Certification

We are delighted to announce that last month that Stupini Kids gained Accreditation to the City’s Social Standard.

Basically this means that the charity meets certain recognized standards  within Social Work and has now been rewarded with a Certificate.

To gain the accreditation involved months of hard work and preparation ensuring that relevant procedures and paperwork have been fully documented.

So well done to Ana-Maria to led the project and for all her hard work.

Stupinikids Social Work Accreditation

Stupinikids Social Work Accreditation

Posted by: aburne | 23/07/2013

We go down to the River

Summer can be scorching in Romania with no escape from the blazing sun.

So what could be better than going one Sunday afternoon after church to a river outside Brasov and just cooling off in the cool Transylvanian water and that is what we did. Great fun and Great company!!

Having fun in the river

Having fun in the river

old kids 2

Diving in the River

Diving in the River

Posted by: aburne | 07/06/2013

Stupinikids Newsletter June 2013

In the beginning of June the school terms ends. The kids are very excited about this as this means a long hot summer of no need of getting up early for school or doing hours and hours of home work.

Also the kids are getting very excited about the thought of the Stupinikids Summer camp which is in just a couple of weeks. This for many of them is the highlight of the summer and even now the kids are chatting about it, but more of that in our next newsletter.

Just now it is a great opportunity to review our year and see how everything is getting on.

Homework Club

The vision of the Stupinikids homework has always been to help these kids in their education so they can make informed decisions in their lives with the aim of breaking the cycle of poverty which many of these kids come from.

When we refer to the cycle of poverty we are referring to a general situation where kids may be brought up in families where the father may be unemployed or doesn’t have much income, there may be substance addiction and generally the kids perform badly at school with no encouragement or no positive role models in their lives. In turn the kids drop our of school with no formal education and then find it hard to get employment. With no income or prospects they are in great risk in entering prostitution or a life of crime. Even if they don’t end up in prostitution or in crime the chances are that this cycle of poverty will be repeated in their lives and the lives of their children.

Our aim then is to see this cycle broken and one of the best tools in doing this is through education.

This year 30 kids attended the homework club. Out of the 30 kids attending 28 kids passed the year. 10 kids did so well that they got prizes for finishing in the top in their year or one of the subjects. It is so encouraging seeing these kids blossom and do well however we also realize that we have a lot more work to do in encouraging all the kids to do well and also as they grow older to persevere in their education and to make wise choices.

Creche 

The creche has been a pilot project which only started this year. The aim of the creche is to provide a facility where mothers can leave their children while they can work or to give them a break during the day. This is specifically challenging for single mothers who might have very little income coming in.

So far we have 10 young children coming into the creche from various backgrounds.

Food Bank

One of the saddest aspects of a recession if that although everyone suffers the poor suffer the most. This is specifically true in Romania where many people struggle day to day paying their bills and providing food for their families.

The aim of the food bank is once a month to provide basic food commodities to families in need. We provide meat, flour, oil, pasta and other basic foods to help families. What we provide feels a drop in the ocean compared the needs out there. Currently we are providing for 25 families and due to budget constraints there are many we have to turn down.

So as we look back on the year we are very grateful for what has been achieved and seeing so many lives being touched in the community. We are also very grateful for everyone’s support and realise that without you this would never happen. We also realise there is so much need out there and need wisdom in who and what we can do.

Posted by: aburne | 08/03/2013

Te iubesc Mama!!

As all Romanian children know the  March is a very special month in Romania where we celebrate the arrival of spring on 1st March  by giving girls and women special to us a flower as a present and on the 8th of March we celebrate Mothers Day!!

Getting started making our flowers

Getting started making our flowers

As all our mothers are very special to us we all made flowers to give you our mothers on the 1st March and on the 8th of March we made special cards for them.

Meet Ioana one of our special arists

Meet Ioana one of our special arists

With the help with some very special artists we were able to make some very special flowers which we are sure all our mothers will be very proud of.

Under the careful supervision of another special artist

Under the careful supervision of another special artist

And finally we have some great flowers. Happy Mothers Day !!

And finally we have some great flowers.

 

A great mother card for the 8th March

A great mother card for the 8th March

 

Working hard making our Mothers cards

Working hard making our Mothers cards

 

I love you Mama!! Happy Mothers Day!! to all our mothers

I love you Mama!!
Happy Mothers Day!! to all our mothers

 

 

Posted by: aburne | 01/03/2013

Green Fingers

The winter months have now slipped away and spring is making its entry into Romania.

Working hard

Working hard

One of the projects this month was to give the garden a good tidy and to plant some vegetables.

Dragos wondering what this tool does?

Dragos wondering what this tool does?

So with some of the volunteers and with some of the older kids we spent some afternoons working hard in the garden…. well some of us did.

Working extremely hard

Working extremely hard

Time to show off all the hard work

Time to show off all the hard work

Posted by: aburne | 05/02/2013

Winter Wonderland

One of the good things about Brasov is that we get lots of snow in winter and lots of sun  in the summer!!

So in January with lots of snow Rodica and some of the volunteers have been busy ice skating and going sledging with some of the older kids.

The exerts on ice

The experts on ice

 

Everyone on their feet!!

Everyone on their feet!!

 

Chilling out in the snow

Chilling out in the snow

Brasov at night coming down the road from Pioana

Brasov at night coming down the road from Pioana

Posted by: aburne | 01/01/2013

Christmas Party 2012

The Stupinikids Christmas party was again a fantastic opportunity for the kids and the volunteers to get together and celebrate Christmas.

Getting ready for the Christmas Party

Getting ready for the Christmas Party

Weeks of hard work and excitement for the kids as they practiced their plays and songs for the party all came to head at the Stupinikids party where all their hard work paid off.

In front of a packed room the kids sang and danced celebrating Christmas.

Presenting one of their songs

Presenting one of their songs

The icing on the cake was at the end where the Christmas presents donated by Kings Church Horsham were given out to the kids. All the kids had a special made box with their name on it especially packed by friends in Horsham.

A packed house enjoyed the Christmas Party

A packed house enjoyed the Christmas Party

Afterwards we had a great feast where some of the kids had great difficulty eating and clutching their Christmas present at the same time.

Some of the kids are bigger than Santa now!!

Some of the kids are bigger than Santa now!!

Thanks to everyone who made this special day for the kids who I’m sure will treasure it.

Thanks to Horsham for all the shoe boxes

Thanks to Horsham for all the shoe boxes

Posted by: aburne | 07/11/2012

Autumn Newsletter 2012

This year has been an amazing year but the scary part is how quickly the months have flown by. The kids came back after a long hot summer in October. Currently we have 27 kids attending the homework club which is 5 kids more than last year.

For our Autumn 2012 newsletter we have decided to give a brief summary of the key points over the last few months. So here they are:

Mural Painting

During the summer break we were really blessed in having 2 artists visiting the centre to serve us and paint some murals onto the walls.

All helping to paint

Claire Hollywell came in the beginning of the summer with a team of volunteers and did a fantastic job painting the landing and the 1st floor.

A beautiful painting

Then Sandi O’Donnell and with her skills the top floor was painted.

To actually describe what they did as paintings is an underestimate as the murals they completed have brought so much life to the project and the whole house now looks so different with so many bright cheerful paintings.

For the prompt and reliable emergency service you need, you can always count on roof damage repair Kansas city mo and their over 15 years of experience!

Some friendly animals can change the atmosphere

For for information on their work and what its about you can find it below

Claire Hollywell : www.chollywell.com

Sandi O’Donnell :¬†¬†www.sandiodonnell.co.uk

Paint Camp

During a week in the summer Claire Hollywell organised a Paint Camp for the kids where they would come everyday and learn how to paint. This was something very different from what we usually do but the kids found it a great experience and they found their artistic side.

The Paintcamp

Black Sea Camp

Just before school started in October Lacra and Rodica took 8 of the older kids down to the Black Sea for a weeks holiday. This was the first time many of them had seen the sea so you can imagine the excitement of the kids of seeing the sea, having the waves splashing over them.

Some memories of the sea which the kids will never forget

If you ask these kids now their best holiday or the most memorable to have happened in 2012 most of them would instantly  say the week they spent down in the Black Sea.

Without our donated bus the trip wouldn’t have happened

Carl Watts Golf Day

We are extremely grateful for the love and support we get from Horsham. In October Carl and Jackie organised another Golf Day to rasie funds for the Stupinikids. This year Lacra and Sofia were able to go to the Golf Day and Lacra did a presentation in the evening. Thanks so much to Jackie and Carl for all their hard work in making this event happen and for being such a great blessing to us. We also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took the effort to go to the Golf Day and donated their time and money.

Carl Watts Golf Day. A special thanks to everyone involved

Isle of Wight Road Trip

Every year a team from the Isle of Wight led by Steve Marsh visit Brasov with their vans donating clothes, food, medical supplies etc. This year Steve, Tony, David and Paul came in October with 2 vans of donations. We are extremely grateful for their hard work and sacrifice in coming here every year. We also are very grateful for everyone from the Isle of Wight who have and continue to make donations.

Unloading the Isle of Wight Minibus

The Creche

One the of the new projects we have just launched this week is a creche. The vision here is to provide a place where parents can leave their children while they can go to work. The are very keen to involve single mothers who maybe don’t get the chance to go to work as they can’t afford to pay for a baby sitter. This is a very new project and we have spent a lot of work in the last few weeks preparing a couple of rooms for the creche.

Thanks for all the hard work from all the people who helped

There has been a lot of sweat and hard work involved in getting it all set up and we are grateful for all those who volunteered their time and skills in getting the rooms ready.

We currently have 6 babies coming to the creche and just now we want to keep the numbers low as this project develops and grows.

The creche is somewhere warm and safe where the babies can stay during the day

Posted by: aburne | 06/07/2012

Looking back on the last year

As I write this review in scorching temperatures it is hard to believe that we started this year with some of the coldest temperatures in Romania for many a year.

Hard to believe how cold and how much snow we had in January

The start of the year we had great expectations but also great concerns with Lacra and Anna both being off on maternity leave which just left Rodica to do all the cleaning cooking and to help the kids with their homework.

We had however great support from Centrul Crestin Brasov the church which overseas the charity here in Brasov. Through CCBV we got some great volunteers to help kids with their homework.

Thanks to the volunteers we saw a great team built up to work with the kids.

The Horsham shoeboxes for the Christmas Party

The main highlights of the year are definitely the Christmas Party where we had Heather Playfoot visiting this time and the Stupinikids camp which has just ended. The camp was fantastic.

The Stupinikids camp 2012

Another programme which we started this year was a Social food Bank where we gave groceries to some families in need. About approximately 20 families are covered in this project.

When the academic year started in September there were 20 kids on the register. This number rose to 23 from November to February and April to June we had 22 kids attending the homework club.

The fact that the club is voluntary  it is great that we have had seen a consistent level of attendance which suggests it is place where the kids love coming to.

At the end of the academic year 13 kids received awards from their school for getting the highest mark in their classes. So congratulations to our kids.

Our vision for the homework club is to see kids educated out of poverty and being able to make wise decisions regarding their future.

We really really want these kids to succeed in all that they do and we really want to thank everyone connected to stupinikids whether a sponsor or a volunteer. Thanks for your support we realise we could not do this with out you.

Love

Lacra and the team

Finally we welcome Sofia Hannah Burne into the world. Born 11-1-12

 

 

 

 

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