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Moș Crăciun pentru o zi!

Hey!

After  this long Christmas holidays pause, here we are again!

Someone came back home, someone used this free time to take a round. Personally I went to Poland with Aga and an Italian friend, we went by hitch-hicking and, honestly, it was a bit hard to come back home but after three days we did it and we had the possibility to see and appreciate some cities in Slovakia and Hungary, really nice places.

Anyway I would like to tell you about what we did for Christmas with our little friends, our “copii din Curtici” and maybe I’ll tell you about my trips in another post, why not!?

So as I said let me tell you about our “Moș Crăciun day” in Curtici.

Some days before the holidays we got a call from our organization, they asked us to help them to unload some packages from a truck, actually it was more than some package, it were “second hand” toys collected in Germany and sent to Romania to make happy Romanian kids that unfortunately couldn’t have the chance to enjoy this period as other children do. We stored all this presents and we took some of them to bring to Curtici and gave them to the children of the Curtici children center.

Some days after Aga, Antonio and me went with Cristina, our coordinator and Ana, local volunteer, to Curtici.download

The surprise for them was that we were wearing the costume of Santa Claus and  children were amused to see us in the shoes of Moș Crăciun ( as Santa Claus is known here in Romania).

Everybody was enjoying that moment,  children sang for us some Christmas songs (the little Aida was superb) and after we started to give them the presentsDSC00131

Laughs, hugs and kisses, great!

We spent with them some time and after giving the good wishes for a happy Christmas we left Curtici with a smile in our faces!

Here you can see some pics of the event…

La revedere my friends!

 

Luca G.

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Colors and Outlines

It was somewhere in November that the EVS volunteers had the chance to visit Lipova’s orphanage. Alongside with other Romanian volunteers from Pro Prietenia (Denisa, Georgiana and Ruben) we were delegated with the task of painting the walls, not with solid color but with happy motives so that the building would have a more cheerful look, thus more appealing to children.

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After a long, yet interesting walk from Lipova’s train station through the village where we had the chance to appreciate and know it better, we finally arrived at the orphanage. Even though this was a state’s orphanage, it must be said the conditions were surprisingly good with a very welcoming atmosphere and provided with lots of didactic and playful items for the copii. In addition to that, most of the children there were really nice and polite, with some of them showing a considerable potential in the fields of arts and sports, having won already some distinctions.

The activities started right after dinner with a quick brainstorming of what the motives would be. Of a total of six walls to paint, it was then decided that references to both Madagascar and Ratatouille movies would have each one its own wall, and the subsequent ones would portray motives of each season of the year. The day finished with the drawing of the outlines.

It was early in the morning of the following day that the “hard work” took place. Although painting walls it’s no easy thing to do, especially when you have to respect the outlines and multiplicity of colors, the ambience was still filled with great mood and interaction between the volunteers, the children and the women working at the orphanage.

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Later in the afternoon, after an exhausting day with pretty much everything done, we went back to Arad not only with the feeling of job well done, but also with the will and desire to repeat the experience in a near future.

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La revedere…

AS

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Origami

This week we´ve participed in an Origami workshop. Origami is an ancient art that consits in the creation of several figures using paper.  The most popular and famous figures are animals but it´s possible to make just about anything: planes, boxes, crowns, flowers…

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But the art of origami is not only to create some figure with a paper, if not that is all the creation process when the children can see how a simple paper is transformed in a complex figure, therefore Origami helps to improve many beneficial aspects to the development of children:

  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Geometry (this is actually the base origami)
  • Creativity
  • Plastic Arts
  • Recycling
  • Focus and concentration
  • And others, depending on the object itself

We live in an extremely materialistic society: buy and purchase seems to be the highest aspiration of many people in the assembly and often talks of the kids focus on things “that they purchased their moms and dads.” Origami gives them a chance to feel them builders of their own toys.

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Although Origami is a extremely ancient art we can say Origami is living a second youth thanks to Akira Yoshizawa (the origami genius, who has performed more than 50,000 jobs and created new models prodigious) was who developed new ways to survive restoring traditional origami models as creative art form, emphasizing how the sensitivity and accuracy in the shot to work. Currently there are world renowned authors like Tomoko Fuse and Kasahara Kunihiko in Japan, Robert Lang and John Montroll in the United States, Vicente Palacios in Spain, Hungary Peter Budai (who published his first book at age 12).

If you are interested in this art, you can check these webs:

http://www.origami-instructions.com/

http://en.origami-club.com/

Ne vedem!

PR

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