Category: <span>Foundation</span>

19 Apr

Claudia: One tough cookie!!

Claudia was bought up in Cernavoda Orphanage, she was one of the brightest and smartest girls in salon 18. It must have been hard aged 4 seeing her friends and classmates move to another home in Mihail Kogalniceanu. But for Claudia this was the start of an amazing relationship with David Savage, a relationship which has lasted over 24 years and Claudia still keeps in contact with David and his family even though she is now living in Italy.

Claudia has suffered a huge amount in her life, this suffering has made her into the headstrong and determined young lady that she is today. The mother of a bright, intelligent child and a loving wife. Claudia’s friends will tell you that she is fiercely loyal, something that was developed in her as she was growing up, being let down by those around her and the people in whom she put her trust. She was an active and senior member of Casa Fericirii, the home run by Nightingales, always pushing boundaries, the first of the young people to go to High School, the first to pass their driving test, the first to move out and live independently.

Claudia has turned into a remarkable young lady, living and working now in Italy. She certainly has to thank David and others for helping her become the person she is today; but a large amount of the hard work was down to Claudia herself. Growing up without a mother, gave her the passion to be a great mum to her son, growing up in a communal living has made her independent, but also a loyal friend. Claudia has fought against a lot in her life, but she has turned into a fine young lady of whom we are all proud.

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16 Apr

In case anyone asks, glue comes from Devon!

24 years ago a young man from Devon came for 3 months to work in an orphanage in Cernavoda, those three months changed his life and the life of those children more than anyone could imagine.

For the last 24 years Nightingales has cared for hundreds of children and young adults, provided often life changing volunteering opportunities for a large amount of people and employment for over 50 members of the local community, all this would not have happened if it had not been for one man, who has had the drive, ambition and the fight to make this possible, David Savage, MBE.

Yesterday David celebrated his 49th birthday, his last before he has spent more of his life in Romania than he has in England!! It is hard to put into words the effect that David has had on the lives of the young people who lived in Cernavoda orphanage and those families he, and Nightingales, have supported in the community. The majority of his work, will go unknown and unnoticed, (until we persuade him to write his autobiography), but the effect can be clearly seen in the lives of the young people today, lives that have been radically changed from 1992. Young children living with no hope, and little or no love waiting for the next of their friends to pass away; who today are active members of the communities they live in all across Europe. They are now mothers to children, hardworking employees and most importantly young people who live in the knowledge that they are living a better future, than they could have imagined back in 1992!

David will take none of the credit for what he and Nightingales have achieved, saying it was down to a group of people, or it could not have been done without certain people, which is true he had an amazing team of workers, helpers and employees during the 1990’s; people who are still actively supporting the charity today, but David is still here, with 24 years of experience and now the support of an amazing wife and 2 beautiful children, still helping these young people, he is definitely the glue that holds Nightingales together.

Happy Birthday, thank you from all the young people you have helped, thank you from all the volunteers who you have given amazing opportunities to and thank you for holding Nightingales together for the last 24 years!!

08 Apr

Football mentoring, what is it and how does it work?

Since 2012 Nightingales has been working with young men to help keep them in education, help them make positive life choices and help them not get caught up in trafficking young girls and women for a living.

The project started with 6 young men playing in a local futsal (6-a-side indoor football) league. These young men were having problems with drugs, school and finding a direction for their lives! Playing in a football team gave them a focus, a direction and also a reason not to take drugs or get drunk, as they were not allowed to play if they were high. We quickly realised that through training we had a platform where we could teach these young people how to make decision on the pitch and in life. Every training session is based around a skill we are trying to develop for the team on the pitch, and linked to a skill in life that can help them outside of football.

The more time that was spent with these young men the more we realised the positive influence the football programme was having on their lives. Their friends started coming too and by September 2014, we had over 80 young people attending our sessions, so we set up our own league. Today we have over 100 young people, we also have a female team, participating in our league. The emphasis is still the same, what can we teach these young men, through football, that will have a lasting impact on their lives. At their insistance the project was given the name ‘Academia Emaus’, translated to the ‘Emmaus Academy’.

From the original six players, one is attending university, four are in full time employment and one has just finished qualifying as a truck driver. Three of them have come through a qualification which has given them the skills to mentor others through football. As a team they may not have won any prizes, but in life they are all winners, making positive choices which effect them and those around them.

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05 Apr

Welcome to the Nightingales blog!

Nightingales is pleased to announce that as of today, 5th April 2016, you will be able to keep up to date with all that Nightingales is doing through this blog. It will be a place where you will get direct insight into the beneficiaries lives, the projects that we run and the programmes that happen at Nightingales throughout the year.

Weekly we will be posting, giving a more in depth view of the charity than we are able to communicate through social media and our website. We would appreciate your feedback regarding what you read here and what you would like to be reading.

We look forward to sharing with you all about the great work that continues to go on at Nightingales, and the plans we have for the future of the charity!!

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01 Jun

Get involved

Volunteering

The charity is always looking for volunteers on both a long and short term basis to either spend time on the projects in Romania or to raise funds from overseas to support the ongoing work.

long term

The charity believes that longer periods of time spent in Romania give each individual a better chance to understand and build relationships with the young people we help. Despite this we also understand that people are not able to commit to lengthier periods.

short term

There is the possibility of doing shorter term programmes and we encourage volunteers to be open about their own skills and background so we can build these in most effectively whilst they are with us.

Fundraising

A pub quiz? A raffle? A dinner dance? A sports event?

There are always people who can support you in the planning and organisation of these type of events and we have held many successful events before. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is something you would like to co-ordinate.

Enquiries

If you would be interested in finding out anything further in relation to volunteering or for fundraising ideas, please do not hesitate to contact us.

School groups

We are very fortunate to be able to accommodate school groups and already have a hugely successful partnership with Dauntsey’s School, Wiltshire, who bring a team of students every year.

We work closely with the group and staff involved in the lead up to their visit to ensure that we can factor in both time spent with the charity and opportunities to get a taste for Romania and its culture.

Sponsor a child scheme

If you would like to become involved with a particular child there is an option of sponsorship. This is an opportunity to support a child through their personal development and receive regular updates on their progress from both the child in question and the charity.

Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail.