Our Romanian Children's Holiday Appeal

Thank you!!

We have reached our target for this appeal

This appeal was inspired by the dream of Tina Popan, an inspiring 13 year old who lives in Maramures in remote rural Romania. She spends a lot of time looking after her young cousin Alexandra, who has complex health needs.

Employment is very scarce in this area. Her parents take it in turns to work in Western Europe to earn enough money to support their family. When they are at home they work their land to provide food. It is rare that the whole family is together and they have never had a holiday. When asked what she wanted more than anything else, Tina said she wanted to see the sea.

The money raised will fund a holiday for local children, including Tina, her sister and her two brothers. We plan to hire a 12 seater minibus for transport and pay for self catering accommodation near Vama Veche on the coast of Romania. It is a very long drive to the sea so there will be 2 days travelling each way with an overnight stop, so this needs to be a 10 to 11 day holiday.

We hope to make this happen in Autumn 2022. If we can we will meet them at Vama Veche, but a photographer friend will definitely meet them and take some photos, so we can share the joy of the trip with you.

We first visited this area in 2019 and returned in both June and October this year. During these visits we were humbled by the generosity of the people and moved by the challenges they face. We want to help the people of this area, but the task is so huge that we have focussed on helping the children in one village. To these children, this modest holiday could be their trip of a lifetime.

The people of this area have given us many wonderful experiences that will stay with us for life. It would mean a huge amount to us to be able to give something back. We also hope that we may inspire this new generation to appreciate the potential to allow other people to enjoy their home environment and find a way to generate some employment there.

Donations go to the appeal via our company which will cover the paypal/card fees, so 100% of your donation goes to the fund. Any surplus will be used to sponsor education for the children. We are also working on a longer term plan to help regenerate this area.

 

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