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Facilitation of schooling

Each day, over 100 Gypsy children in Chiselet receive help with their homework, transportation to and from school and a warm meal.  It is often the only meal they will have each day.  For the youngest children, there is pre-school where they begin to learn everything.  Fine motor skills, the alphabet, how to count and how to behave at school.  The youth receive guidance and help in regards to their studies and further education.

These Gypsy children come from much poorer homes than we, that live so safely, comfortably and yet so near, can ever imagine exists.  Children are found lying close to pigs to keep warm during the winter.  Children just 4 years of age have to take care of their grandparents who are in their 90's.  12 year olds have to work in the fields while their mothers prostitute themselves and their fathers are getting drunk at the local pub.  These children are vulnerable for human trafficking and all too often it is the mother that takes her daughters to the streets to sell them for sexual favors.  There are no words to describe the situation out in the countrysides of Chiselet.

Thankfully, we can see that by helping the children, we can also have a positive effect on the parents.  When they see that their children's needs are being met, receiving food, warmth and care, makes the parents curious about who is helping them.  Soon they also come to the center and we can thereby help the entire family. They get help to find a job and we are then invited to their homes and can help them there also.
 
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Fakulteta

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Acasa

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