UPDATE FROM SIRET
As yet another year draws to a close, it is a time to reflect on how much progress each of our young people has made. None of this would be possible without the continuous support of so many sponsor parents and those who have contributed to fundraising.
Our five homes continue to offer a safe and caring environment in which our youngsters can achieve a sense of independence. Our educational support programs continue to be central in enabling our young people to make progress, although the rate of progress varies from individual to individual as emotional, intellectual and physical abilities are so different. Our specialist care programs and development plans for each individual form an essential backbone to our work in Siret.
During the summer, we tried to encourage more interaction between our young people and encourage them to participate more within the community. As a result we now have those of school age living in Kincasslagh house and our more disabled young people live in Neptune house where the facilities are more appropriate to their needs. There must be some truth in the saying that 'a change is a good as a rest' because the change-around has brought laughter, discussion and confidence.
The community of Siret continues to remain impoverished with very little chance of any real long term employment. However, our farm project is creating valuable work opportunities and foodstuffs for the young people in our homes.
Our 500 chicks continue to be the source of much amusement - they are averaging about 400 eggs per day and we sell the surplus in town. Petrica and Constantin are learning to look after the hens - they take their job seriously and are proud of the new skills they have learned . Ionica is flourishing in the kitchen and is keen to develop her culinary skills using fresh produce from the farm!
FLAVOURS OF ROMANIA
We do hope that you will join with us in sharing some of the flavours of Romania - a young Romanian chef, Florin Simota, has written his first cookbook (foreword by Daniel). This is available via mail order (price £4.50) along with our popular candle concert lights (£2.50). All proceeds are donated to our charity.
Thank You to all our Youth Sponsors
Turning hopes into a reality has been made possible through your continued financial support and our Youth Sponsorship scheme has enabled so many friends to make a real difference to the lives of their sponsored young person. Thanks to all those who have joined our regular giving scheme (from £10 a month) and we extend a warm welcome to those of you who feel you ate able to take up our Youth Sponsorship
challenge in 2004.
From all of us in Siret, may we wish you a blessed and peaceful Christmas and good wishes for the coming year - and sincere thanks for your continued support without which, none of our work would be possible.
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