* More than 8,000 people will benefit from these programmes in the 2015/2016 edition
Vodafone Romania Foundation has launched the second edition of the Investment Strategic Programme in the Rural Area. Being a countinuation of the 2015/2016 edition, the programme supports education and social services necessary for the disadvantaged categories from the small Romanian villages and towns.
“The poor access to education and social services is one of the biggest problems in the rural areas. According to the statistics, around 20 percent of the children in rural area don’t finish secondary school. Moreover, out of the ones finishing it, only 50 percent continue their studies in high school. We must continue to involve in programmes generating social and economic progress in communities, we must bring children in schools, to educate them so that they will have the chance of a better future and to become active emmbers of a healthy society”, stated the Manager of the Vodafone Romania Foundation, Angela Galeta (photo).
In order to execute the projects, Vodafone Romania Foundation selected five Strategic Partners, within a financing round held on May, addressed to the NGOs having experience in rural area projects. The investment made by the Vodafone Romania Foundation amounts EUR 456,000.
The five selected strategic partners for executing the projects in all of the 41 counties in the 2016-2017 period are the following:
Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, which will grant scholarships to the economically and socially disadvantaged pupils who wish to continue their studies, from the following counties: Alba, Bihor, Bistrita-Nasaud, Calarasi, Constanta, Covasna, Dambovita, Giurgiu, Gorj, Harghita, Ilfov, Maramures, Mures, Salaj, Sibiu, Satu Mare and Teleorman. For more details please access: http://fpmr.ro/burse-pentru-scoala-2016/.
“Mereu Aproape” Foundation, which will focus on the restoration of the schools and other educational institutions from the following counties: Arges, Braila, Buzau, Cluj, Olt, Prahova and Tulcea. For more details, please access http://www.ajutaunsat-schimbaotara.ro/.
The Communitarian Support Foundation, which will be involved in the benefit of the disadvantaged children and elders in the counties of Bacau, Botosani, Galati, Iasi, Neamt, Suceava, Vaslui and Vrancea. You can find more details on the following webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/fscbacau/programe/investitii-pentru-comunitati-durabile.
World Vision Romania Foundation, which will support the economically and social disadvantaged children and families in the counties of Dolj, Ialomita and Valcea. For further details, please access http://www.worldvision.ro/educatie-pentru-schimbare-a832.html.
Bethany Social Services Foundation, which will be involved in supporting economically and social disadvantaged children and families in the following counties: Arad, Caras-Severin, Hunedoara, Mehedinti and Timis. You can find more details on http://bethanyiasi.ro/educatie/.
From June 23 to July 13, 2016, the selected partner foundations will launch financing rounds addressed to the local organizations interested to be involved in the programme. The eligible projects must have an important component of community involvement and they have to fit to one of the two financing areas: education and social services. The length of a project may be up to 10 months, between August, 2016 and May, 2017.
Projects will be assessed by a commission consisting in two members of the involved foundations. The final list of the selected projects to be financed will be announced at the end of July, 2016.
About the first edition of the Investment Strategic Programme in the Rural Area (2015/2016)
The first edition of this programme, which is unique in its amplitude, was implemented in the February 2015 – July 2016 period. Vodafone Romania Foundation has granted a financing of EUR 653,645, while the total investment has reached EUR 1,110,000, following the co-financing of the partners and thanks to the active involvement of the local communities through volunteering and donations. The 55 projects implemented in villages and communes from all the 41 counties of the country have answered to some problems in the fields of education (restoration and equipping of educational institutions, after school programmes, day care centers), health (restoration and equipping of medical practices, facilitating access to health services) and social services (day care centers, occupational therapy). A number of 35,207 disadvantaged children, adults and elders have benefitted from the programmes.
Partners of the first edition were: Princess Margareta of Romania Foundation, Mereau Aproape Foundation, Communitarian Support Foundation and PACT Foundation.
Vodafone Romania Foundation is a charity Romanian NGO, different and independent from the commercial operations of the company, being established in 1998.
In the 18 years of activity, Vodafone Romania Foundation has financed over 963 programmes in the fields of health, education, social services, having beneficiaries from the category of the socially or economically disadvantaged children, young people, elders, physically disabled individuals. Until today, Vodafone Romania Foundation has invested EUR 23 million in projects developed by non-profit partner organizations. For further details on the Foundation’s programmes, please access www.fundatia-vodafone.ro, www.facebook.com/fundatiavodafone, http://fundatiavodafone-blog.ro.