CHANCE FOR CHILDREN

CHANCE FOR CHILDREN: PREVENTION OF SCHOOL AND FAMILY ABANDONMENT AND FAMILY REINTEGRATION

Bucharest, RomaniaBucharest
Project Stage:
Established
Budget: 
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The project aims to facilitate the access to education for children from families in risk of marginalization and social exclusion, whom members suffer from chronic or incurable diseases, for increasing school performance, the abatement of knowledge and information gap and the prevention of school dropout, through professional services of formal and informal education in nine daily care centers and two community centers in district 2.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project is a response to the problems, whom the families in socio- difficulties situations confronted, who have requested support to maintain their children in the family: the increasing rate of poverty of the population, the deterioration of health status of the children and families, result of the crisis by reducing wages, rising prices, the insufficiency of primary and prevention social services from district 2, the insufficiency of trained qualified personnel in the local authority, rising unemployment, chronic and incurable diseases, the school and family abandonment, the lack of identity documents, domestic violence, the deterioration of family environment, alcoholism, children left in the care of grandparents or other relatives.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The integrated intervention with a professional multidisciplinary team, realistic strategy and concrete action plan generates solutions for each domain. Solutions:the promotion of a comprehensive system of services for keeping the children in school, by informing/educating disadvantaged families; training of specialized personnel; the supporting of children with outstanding results for performance in their field of interest; support for parents and teachers for a better communication with the children in the educational process; attracting and training volunteers; information campaigns for children,parents,teachers;the accompaniment of parents for employment;organizing meetings between children, parents, people with decision-making power.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The program started in 2001 came to support disadvantaged families, constantly adapting to their needs, authorities requirements and legislation.Activities with children:ensuring daily nutritional supplement;psycho-educational assistance;psychological support for children in risk of abuse and neglect,vocational counseling,occupational therapy;participation in competitions; foreign languages classes,computer science courses,theater art classes,karate and table tennis classes all contributed in decreasing the knowledge differences between children,improving school performance of children,increasing children's confidence in oneself,in peers,educators and parents.For parents:psycho-social/medical/legal/integration on jobs market counseling.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The implementation of the program,which continues today,led generally to improve the quality of children’s life, of relations between parents/children/school,also to increase the people's confidence in local authorities. Following the project was developed "Manual of Good Practice for Community Development ",a working methodology according to the legal standards, also were conducted information campaigns in the communities/training programs. Was signed the community partnership within the local network of social assistance, were established partnerships with organizations that offer complementary assistance services.The results were appreciated both by beneficiaries and also by the local authorities and private organizations.We consider that this type of intervention may be applied to rural communities-Vrancea County in 3 localities, by involving the current public and private partners.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

The Association is the only NGO in District 2 which responds to the education,health,culture,recreation needs, by providing specialized personnel -teachers,psychologists,social workers,IT specialists,methodology/working tools. There are other NGOs which develop separated educational services,material aid, counseling. Our solutions offer integral support for beneficiaries or connection to services in the community for all members without discrimination.Those in need benefit from social/educational services, together with the other members of the community, avoiding marginalization and developing a spirit of solidarity. Collaboration between City Hall District 2/DGASPC and Association led to the successfully implementation of two community centers which are providing the highest standards, beeing the great merit of the Mayor which wants to achieve integrated services in the 2 District.
Team

Team

For the project to have an impact was needed a multidisciplinary team of specialists in psycho-social domain,consisted of:project coordinator,3 social workers,1 psychologist,2 teachers,6 reviewers education,1 music teacher,1 informatics teacher,1 Arabic teacher,1 Chinese teacher,1 English teacher,2 karate teachers ,15 volunteers,1 accountant.The multidisciplinary team is using specific working tools-social investigation sheet case,psychological evaluation,pedagogical sheet, guide interview - the story of my life,questionnaires of client satisfaction.The Association sends periodic financial/narrative reports about the progress of activities .The partners are responding permanently at the solicitation of project team and providing volunteers for various activities. We think that if we had in our team a PR that will increase the visibility of the project and attract supporters and sponsors.
About the Lead Co-Creation Partners
Organization:
SC Advantage Software Factory SRL
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LEAD SOCIAL-MISSION ORGANIZATION
Type of organization (e.g. NGO, association, not-for-profit, foundation, social enterprise)

Association

Total Number of Full-Time Employees

17

Lead Contact First Name

Marinela

Lead Contact Last Name

Alexeanu-Buttu

Title

Executive President

Country

Romania

Twitter URL
Facebook URL

WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/AsociatiaHranitiCopiii

Website

hraniticopiii.wordpress.com

LEAD CORPORATE PARTNER
Organization Name

SC Advantage Software Factory SRL

Total Number of Full-Time Employees

57 employees

Lead Contact First Name

Denisa

Lead Contact Last Name

Dinicescu

Title

Office manager

Country

Romania

Twitter URL
Facebook URL
Organization Website
Basic Info
Project Starting Year

2001

Primary European Country where this Project is creating social impact

, B, Bucharest

Additional European countries where this Project is creating social impact
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What awards or honors has the project received?

Award of Sustainability - 1st prize in 2013 and 2nd prize in 2010 within the awards ceremony of the Civil Society Gala

Project Summary
Co-Creation Model: Tell us about your main strategic partners and how the partnership truly create value. For each Partner please include its type (business/social/public), its name, a short description, its key motivation to participate in the co-creation project, and the key contributions it is making in the co-creation project. Please follow the format displayed below:

-Partner 1 - SC Advantage Software Factory SRL - business type of partner
Advantage Software Factory is a leading provider of business solutions, with active projects in 11 countries across Europe.
-Key motivation to participate in the co-creation project -To defend and respect child’s right to education, to respect the family rights to have a decent living and to rise healthy children as also the approaches and results of the Association in these domains.
-Key contributions in the co-creation project - Advantage Software Factory has contributed with funds for the children's day centers meal, has donated computers to the association and software installation, IT service, punctual support for families in crisis situations or critical medical situations.

-Partner 2 - DGASPC - General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection District 2 -public type of partner
DGASPC is a Local Government organization that provides primary and specialized services in the field of social protection - child protection.
-Key motivation to participate in the co-creation project
Development of public – social – bussiness partnership,
Development of community centers centered on the educational and recreative activities, for the best interest of the child,
Increasing the number of primary social services for disadvantaged categories,
Increasing professional performances of the social domain personnel.
-Key contributions in the co-creation project
Provided the properly space with facilities and utilities on european standards for the development of activities, participated in the beneficiaries’ selection ; instrumenting the cases, preparing the files, evaluating the programs with the Association’s team.

- Partner 3 CETELEM IFN SA ROMANIA - business type of partner
Cetelem, non-bank credit institution - trademark of BNP PARIBAS PERSONAL FINANCE group is considered the number one on consumer credit market in Europe.
-Key motivation to participate in the co-creation project -Improving the quality of life of various disadvantaged groups, respecting the child's right to education and health and a dignified life.
-Key contributions in the co-creation project -Financial support for children’s meal in day care centers, financial support for the purchase of teaching materials, material support for handmade products and craft making.

- Partner 4 Hifsverein Nymphenburg e. V. – Germania - social type of partner
German charity society that provides material and financial support for associations that develop programs for disadvantaged social groups in developing countries.
-Key motivation to participate in the co-creation project - The improvement of life quality for the disatvantaged families, the prevention of child separation from his family, the development of public-private partnership.
-Key contributions in the co-creation project -Nymphenburg Hifsverein eV - Germany has provided annualy material aid to project’s beneficiaries; basic food and hygiene - sanitary materials (worth 10,000 EUR0).

etc.

Impact
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact. Please specify using qualitative and quantitative data (e.g. # of indirect and direct beneficiaries); help us understand how this solution truly makes a difference.

The project contributed to knowing the benefits of community projects for children and parents (800 children attend PC, English, Chinese, Arabic, dance/guitar courses, they receive educational assistance in preparing lessons/homework in afterschool centers);improving the academic performance of children (600 children have performed in their areas of interest);increasing visibility of the organization;development of parental skills (827 parents benefited from Parents Academy program);improving the family environment (536 adults were counseled, 1272 families have received emergency aid, 1000 children have received social, psychological, legal counselling).Beneficiaries: direct 2000 children,1200 parents, 60 teachers and indirect 30 members of local authority;3 community advisory councils.
In the future we aim to support rural communities to develop similar services, training the teachers.

Sustainability
Funding: How is your project financial supported? [select all that apply]

Foundations, Businesses, Regional government.

Sustainability Plan: Has your project already reached financial sustainability? If not, what is this solutio’s plan to ensure financial sustainability? Do the main partners have enough stake to sustain the solution? If this project requires limited budget, how will other resources be secured to maintain or grow this work?

The program has always adapted to the needs of beneficiaries,to the request of authorities and relevant legislation, developing services from year to year. We had in mind a sustainability plan which helped us to continue for 13 years . Attracting, keeping/training volunteers,organizing fundraising events,getting sponsorship from private companies,the development of the Campaign "2%",these were elements of that plan.Beneficiaries have participated in the program for a specific period to avoid dependency and to give the possibility to another potential beneficiaries to enroll in the program. Financial support is pretty hard to preview, so we have stipulated that the solution is attracting/training volunteers,training students from human profile faculties.The volunteers can constitute the basis of ongoing activity with children/parents, but also to raise awareness and attract new partners.

Team
Founding Story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the Partners to get started and/or to see the potential for this to succeed.

The cooperation between partners has continued annually,due to the identification of increasing needs of the poor and deprived of education families within the community. Thus,after many years of active involvement and continues work, the success came as a natural response in 2005. Getting two prizes at the "Gala for civil society” -2nd prize for "Chance for the child" project, 1st prize for “Preventing school and family abandonment " project was the moment when the Association was known and the sponsors have joined our approach, giving us financial,material support,specialized consultancy and promoting the Association.Thus, appeared our desire to open other day care centers and two community centers, which provide services of education,health/cultural/ sport/recreational activities for all members of the community,who appreciate the services and this gives us the strength to continue.

About the Co-Creation
Barriers: What main barriers may you have encountered to co-create during the creation and implementation of the project and how did you try to overcome them?

Obstacles: the lack of involvement from beneficiaries in the service plan, difficulties in respecting the activity program, low level of children’s education/parenting education; the parents’ lack of time for their children-they are employed or they are performing occasional activities in order to obtain immediate material advantages, conservatism and resistance to change, the economic situation of our country-the deepening of economic crisis, the unfavorable evolution of labor market, changes in social legislation, increasing dependence of social assistance system for people with health problems. Organization of meetings with parents in Parents Academy Program, meetings with employers, accompanying parents for finding a job, participate in meetings organized by specialized institutions to develop strategies in the field of social services have helped us to overcome the barriers.

Governance: What is the type of the relationship between the partners? (e.g. joint venture, contractual relationship, joint project...)

The Partnership relations are contractual -partnership agreements, sponsorship agreements, collaboration. It is a trusting public-private relationship, we are communicating the mission, the objectives, the projects, sending annual/periodic reports to informe the partners of our actions.The partners involved are from Business environment -SC Advantage Software Factory SRL, Cetelem IFN SA ROMANIA, from private social environment-Nymphenburg Hifsverein Foundation eV Germany; public enviroment-the General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection District 2 and District 2 City Hall.

Interaction model: How is the project a transformative partnership? How is the interaction transforming the partnering organizations and their employees/ leadership in terms of creating a new vision, new management practices, new skills and new organizational structures? Please provide for concrete examples

The relationship established with our partners and their involvement has determinated profound changes in the mentality of their employees regarding the disadvantaged people,their needs,legislation for social field and child’s rights. These people,independently of the contractual terms,have organized collections for clothes and toys. The children were invited to the corporate headquarters with the occasion of holidays and the companies have bought objects made by them-Christmas/Easter ornaments,greeting cards.Example: CETELEM ordered 300 paintings for Christmas gifts for employees.The children have made the drawings for the Society Calendar. The same thing is happening with other partners, too.All have become part of the Association and that gives us the courage to continue. These moments are motivating and determining the children to want more, learn more and get school success results.

How did you find out about this competition?

We have found out about this competition from the social responsibility web site: http://www.responsabilitatesociala.ro