Friday, 25 May 2012

Update on new house, RAKE

Have received some pictures from Linda of the new kitchen.  HAH paid for the kitchen, so it's great to see the completed room.  I hope to be able to give the news that the youngsters have moved in very soon.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Friends of Humanity at Heart

Don't forget about our Friends of Humanity at Heart Tea Party this Saturday 19th May, 2-4pm at our garden (weather permitting!) at 28 Keymer Road, Hassocks.
Come for a cup of tea, piece of cake, and find out how you can be involved in helping HAH's work in Romania.
Don't forget your wellies and umbrella!

Working with RAKE to help youngsters with Special Needs

We are excited about supporting a UK registered charity, RAKE, who are working with youngsters with special needs. For some years HaH contributed towards the running costs of Casa Linda, opened in 1996 and home to 17 children with special needs.
Working together with the Romanian authorities, the project was a great success until 2010 when RAKE handed it over to the Romanian authorities. Sadly and unbelievably they closed the home and returned the youngsters back to the institution.
Despite the passing of time and Romania joining the EU, RAKE were horrified to find that the quality of life for residents in the institution remained unchanged. They are largely confined to their dormitories, have no personal belongings and no activities. Sedation is widely used and beatings are common.
RAKE is now in the process of trying to rescue some of the young people who lived in Casa Linda. They have bought a house and hope to move 4 of the youngsters (now adults) into their new home within a couple of weeks. The aim is to teach the youngsters to live as independently as possible within a supported and happy environment.

Humanity at Heart has provided funding to furnish the house, and make it ready for the youngsters to move in, as well as committing to pay part of the salary of a support worker. We will keep you posted on the progress of this excellent project.