|Fundatia Celebrates 15 Years in Romania|
|Monday, 20 June 2011 20:26|
Bucharest, Romania. To mark its 15 years of work addressing social and economic issues in Romania, the Foundation for the Development of Peoples (FDP-Fundația Dezvoltarea Popoarelor) held a 4-day conference bringing together over 200 men and women involved in related programs and initiatives. FDP, a partner of AVSI since 1996, hosted the event June 6-9, 2011 at Caro Hotel in Bucharest.
The four days included a special presentation and reception to celebrate the milestone, as well as a conference continuing work on issues related to several projects carried out by FDP and co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). Participants in the conference included FDP staff, as well as representatives of collaborating NGOs and of the Romanian authorities.
In a press conference on June 9, at which members of the Romanian Ministry of Education joined FDP staff to present the study “In search of the road to school,” as part of a 3-year FDP project on early school dropout prevention. The project, co-financed by ESF, is set to conclude in August 2013. After discussing the results of the study, the panel answered questions asked by the local press.
The independent organization FDP first partnered with AVSI to respond to needs of the large population of children infected with HIV/AIDS in Romania. This has expanded into current programs in education, employment services, and family-style foster homes in order to address the entire social context of these children and their families. Other educational efforts, such as an afterschool program in the village of Cojasca, encourage young people in economically depressed areas, particularly members of the Roma minority, to engage in the rebuilding and development of their communities, fighting a common tendency to simply migrate in order to escape the conditions.
AVSI-USA is particularly pleased to commemorate this achievement in light of its direct collaboration with FDP, specifically in the “One Family for Every Child,” project which helped develop the foster home network for children in Ilfov county from 2002 to 2004.