Volunteering Stories: Still working in quarantine – by Hattie and Alex

Te virus cannot stop us !

Since three weeks because of the pandemic, we don’t have the possibility to see the disadvantages kids of Pirita and Gara communities, anymore. And since Wednesday 11th of November 2020, Baia Mare is in quarantine! We understand that the progression of the virus force the city to be in lock-down .

However, this situation doesn’t stop us to work from home! Indeed, we continue to prepare activities for the kids from home, because we hope that after this lock-down we will have the possibility to see them again.

Alex, prepared an activity to help the kids of Pirita and Gara to not drop out of school. We want to keep the kids in school, to explain why is so important to stay in school and to not give up! Hattie has prepared a funny activity to teach the kids to have a healthy lifestyle and she prepares a documentary about this kind of communities. The goal is to present a message of hope about these communities.

Quarantine or not we don’t want to give up on the kids! We are very concerned about these kids. Indeed, this lock-down has a very and dangerous consequences for all of us and specially for this kids! They don’t go to school anymore, they don’t have electricity, they  don’t have the tools for continue the school online. The module where we was working with the kids was a safety net. Indeed, without this module and without school the kids are back in the road to beg.

Its very important for the kids to get out from their communities and have activities with another kids and people for a better inclusion and acceptance among the people and the local society.

Hopefully we will be able to restart the activities soon, in all this time we try to have everything ready for the moment when we will see each other again.

Also we are promoting Văzduh, a children’s book against violence created by one of our volunteer, together with the children from the marginalized neighborhoods. The book tells the story of friendship and diversity, through characters that were created by children. The money raised from the sale of the book will allow volunteers to prepare Christmas gifts for the children from Pirita and Gara, with whom they work.

In order for our story to go further, we invite you to be part of it and support us!

The volunteers are hosted by Team for Youth Association in the PLAY project. The project lasts 5 months of European Solidarity Corps in Baia Mare. The content of this testimonial does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. The responsibility for the information and views expressed in the article rests entirely with the author.