DVT and institutionalized youths are meeting on Saturday to spend some time together as a family!
To us, our duty is our promise. And our duty is to offer institutionalized children a chance to a better life, through the means of nonformal education. Thus, starting today, Saturday, the 19th of October, we began to conduct our first activities within the realm of nonformal education involving institutionalized youths.
A first day came to an end at the pilot Youth Center, a wonderful day that we spent learning and playing at the personal development workshop by Vișinel. The weekends to come will be full of surprises and activities of which we will let you know more when the time comes.
What we can tell you right away is that we’re trying hard to schedule interactive workshops on various subjects and difficulty levels every weekend. The schedule is a flexible one, because we wish for all those participating to be as relaxed as possible and to feel encouraged to communicate and to act. Our activities will mainly take place on Sundays.
Seeing that today was the first time we met the children from D.G.A.S.P.C. Sector 4, we would like to give back to you some of the joy that we’ve experienced among them and the fulfillment that we felt seeing how they chose to spend their time with us. Their life is our responsibility and we are doing our best for them to put to good use the knowledge that they acquire.
Our main goal is to have in the future one of this youngsters come back to us, after having left child care, and tell us how it feels to have your own family and your own work place or business; to share with us how good it feels to live as everybody else, fulfilled professionally and personally.
In the same time, we would very much appreciate your support. Any kind of involvement from your side means the world to those of us in Desenăm Viitorul Tău, and even more to the children.
Our thanks head towards D.G.A.S.P.C. sector 4, our main partner in this project of personal development for institutionalized youths.
On Thursday, the 29th of August 2013 took place the first press conference organized for the opening of the Youth Center for Institutionalized Youth Formation in Bucharest, the first of its kind.
The conference started with a speech by the DVT’s president, Vișinel Costel Balan, who underlined the necessity for the existence of such a center for institutionalized children.
The Youth Center implies a surface of proximately 70 square meters, dedicated to theatre workshops, creative writing, photography, journalism and more. The stated goals are:
– increasing motivation, personal and professional abilities and the level of knowledge on life management and future planning;
– offering essential information necessary for the personal development and acquisition of organization skills at the moment of leaving child care homes;
– increasing the level of awareness on the obstacles that institutionalized children have to face and on the fight against discrimination.
„Our purpose is to offer these youths a new outlook on life, on what is going to happen to them after having left child care homes. It is very important when the moment comes to have something to fall onto. Today’s system doesn’t have the capacity (…) to provide an answer regarding what is going to happen to these children after they leave”, states Vișinel Costel Balan, president of Desenăm Viitorul Tău.
At the moment, with the Center project still in the pilot phase, the members of the association are actively searching for new opportunities to raise the necessary funds for the purpose of establishing a centre dedicated to institutionalized youths. During a period of over two months, Desenăm Viitorul Tau took part in several projects, among which a notable mention is Bursa Binelui (initiated under the kind patronage of BCR and currently ongoing). The details required for making donations were made available on the official websites of DESENĂM VIITORUL TAU or on BURSA BINELUI (campaign by BCR). The goal is to raise approximately 35.000 euro: “we have talked with an architect and promises have been made regarding the possibility of creating this Centre”, according to the president of the association.