Posted by: aburne | 14/10/2014

Horsham Team visit the centre

October seems to be quite a busy month with visits and to make it even more special we were delighted to have Andy & Hazel Robinson, Nick and Josh & Jenny visiting the centre and spending time with the kids.

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Andy Robinson is the pastor from Kings Church Horsham and the people from Kings Church Horsham have been supporting the centre for years.

The kids have known Andy for years now with some of the teenagers who come to the centre now were toddlers when Andy started coming. The kids certainly had a great time hanging out with the Horsham guys and saddest part was when they had to leave. But it is always good to know they will be back.

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Posted by: aburne | 09/10/2014

Isle of Wight Guys Visit the Centre

In the beginning of the October a team from the Isle of Wight visited the centre as they do every year. This year 8 guys came bringing lots of donations from the Isle of Wight.

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For a few of them this was their 10th Anniversary in making the annual trip to Brasov. So thanks Steve Marsh and team for making this effort over the last 10 years and a deep thank you for the generosity from the people of the Isle of Wight. Although many people who made these donations probably have never set foot in Romania we are extremely grateful of you thinking of us.

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The team brought many different types of donations including clothes, medical supplies stable foods and they even even bought a washing machine for the centre as the centre’s one had just broken and was beyond repair.

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Thanks Guys!!

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Posted by: aburne | 23/09/2014

Back to School September 2014

With the long Romanian summer holiday now come to a close the kids have now started school in September.

The start of school means the full programme of homework club starting.

This year we have approximately 20 to 30 kids who have started coming to the homework club and downstairs we have the creche where currently we are having about 7 toddlers coming along.

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With this new year we look forward to excitement as have a positive impact in these kids lives.

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Posted by: aburne | 11/09/2013

Stupini Camp 2013 Update

One of the volunteers from themarketingheaven.com produced a video diary of the Stupinikids Camp. So you wondered what we got up to have a peak at this video. Thanks to Mr Eddie Robinson for his technical skills and of course allowing us to share it

 

Posted by: aburne | 10/09/2013

Goodbye to Dragos

One of the sad but happy events (if that makes sense) was saying goodbye to Dragos.

Dragos a good friend

Dragos a good friend

Dragos has been involved in Stupinikids in some form or other since he was a kid and then coming through as a volunteer at Stupinikids and also serving with the youth in the church.

Dragos has now gone to spend a year working with the team at Kings Church Horsham.

Dragos at Stupinikids in 2007

Dragos at Stupinikids in 2007

We are sad he  is no longer with us but happy knowing he will have a great time in Horsham learn many new skills and we look forward in Dragos coming back new year.

Dragos trying to find his plane to Horsham :-)

Dragos trying to find his plane to Horsham 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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

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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

 

 

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