GRT in Romania
GRT has started to work in Romania in 1998 through its support to the activities of the "Parada" foundation, set up by a French clown in 1996 in order to work with street children in Bucharest.
The project, supported by GRT, aimed at setting up a training intervention and a reorganisation of the services available for street children in the capital city of Bucharest. At the bottom of its intervention GRT set a personalised intervention for the children and aimed at finding some positive side in every different experience, even in the most painful or violent one.
The street has been for the whole time the core place of the intervention: during the day some practical problems have been tackled, such as the relationship with the police and the support in order to find relatives or extended families. During the night instead GRT made sure children weren't left without food or medicines and provided them with emotional support.
While working on the street it has been possible to start a reflection on children's personal development and by offering them a place at the daycare centre it has been possible to advice them on residential solutions, education and work.
The beneficiaries of GRT projects in Romania have been the street children of Bucharest and the whole community.
The projects in Romania have been funded with private donations.