Early Summer 2018 Update

Hi everyone, as I missed the opportunity to meet many of you on my
planned trip back to Wales in March, I have decide to keep you updated
through this means…not as personable as me in person, but needs must.
So I thought I would share with you one of our ‘success stories’. I dislike
using that term because nothing is set-in-stone in our line of work. When
you are working with young adults this work can be unpredictable, when
you work with children you learn not have too many high expectations, and
just delight in the good times when they turn up.
So I was delighted when I received the latest Small Group Therapy,(SGT),
report from our Mihaela. SGT is when Mihaela gets a group of our younger
children together for a couple of days to discuss important issues…can
range from difficulties at school to tantrums at home. Mihaela engages the
help of one of the mothers to share the load, and to have a better insight
into the difficulties of being a mother to a girl facing puberty pretty soon.
The 3 girls in this session have greatly differing personalities, Alexandra is
very close to her mam and usually looks to her before she does anything,
Georgiana never has a thought that she’s not willing to share and stands
up for herself and her mam, Steffi lost her mother 5 years ago to HIV-
related illness, and only has loving but aging grandparents to guide her…
she has a bubbly personality when in a relaxed environment.
This session was centred around ‘How to handle approaches from boys
and young men’.The subject had arisen from an overheard informal chat
on a SDT, (Summer Day Trip), where 2 of the same girls had been talking
about boys, and how they treated them. Stefi had said that she was startled
by some boys on a motor-bike who had stopped beside her as she was on
her bike, and made some crude comment. Georgiana talked about how she
had to ‘punch out’ one of the boys in school when he made a comment, not
about her, but her mother, (her mam is HIV+ and in the villages there are
few secrets). Neither of these responses was the correct one, but I admit I
had an admiration for Georgie’s fiesty attitude.

Mihaela’s treatment of the subject was to get them to role-play potential
situations and teach them what to say and do…they loved it. The session
went very well and they picked up very quickly how to react to strangers
approaching them, firm and cool response to questions, then move away to
crowded area, into nearby shop, garage etc. But the most striking aspect
for me was the protective bond that has been forged between the girls,
(they only met last year), encouraging each other. Steffi encouraged Alex
to move away from her mother’s proximity and join in more freely; Georgie
helped both of them to feel more confident in their ability to handle these
situations…to be a force of nature, like her. Georgie seems to be the most
rounded of the girls regarding personality, and hasn’t yet met the situation
that fazes her…long may this last.
Mihaela says they are all showing “…maturity beyond their years…’,maybe
because of the traumas they have already faced at the tender age of 12
years. Out of bad some good will come.

First photo shows the girls with Ionela, (Alex’s mam), the 2 nd shows
Georgie & Stefi, see if you can guess which is feisty Georgie 
We have many other programmes/ projects ongoing throughout the
summer and you’ll be updated as soon as I have something that I think
may interest you.
Many blessings to you and yours, Mihaela, Cosmin, Alina, & Paul

The 2017 Xmas Party

The 2017 Xmas Party.

Father Christmas came to visit the children and deliver presents. It was amazing to see their faces light up and the work we’re doing is once again making a difference.



Pyjama Party













ECR Pajama Party at Pen Y Fan Pond – Join us with your family and meet new friends at ECR’s Pyjama Party. Come dressed in your Pyjamas for a family stroll around Pen-y-Fan pond. This will be followed by milk and cookies and some open air bedtime stories on the grass.

Bring your favourite bed time story to share with others, enjoy some new tales and choose a book to add to your collection. Teddy Bears welcome but there will be preloved bedtime story buddies looking for loving new homes!

The suggested donation is £5 per child (includes milk & cookies and a preloved book and soft toy). Any and all donations are gratefully received. If you would like to support us further with additional sponsorship please contact Laura on jenkinslj3@gmail.com for a sponsor form.

The Kiosk will be open for the purchase of refreshments for the Big Kids (not included). Find out more here. 

Cycle Update 2017


It is that time of year again when we ask for your support through our annual Half-A-Perfect-World Cycle Marathon 2017. Once again we are riding half in Romania and half in New Zealand – but this time two of our New Zealand riders will be joining us in Constanta. Warren & his wife Nadine have agreed to join us on our Romanian leg of the trip. Find out more here. 

Hope in 2017


When all around can seem overwhelming, when you want to curl up and sleep for a year, when it would be easier to give in to the doubters…let me encourage you with a message of hope that was given to me.

Not so long ago I was on the verge of packing it all in with regard to the work of Everyone’s Child Romania,(ECR). By all opinions,”…the work had finished…the children were grown and should be allowed to go their own way…”. Logically these opinions seemed correct, and I was beginning to bow to the weight of their arguments. As I tried to put up counter arguments I was told repeatedly that,”…I was thinking with my heart, instead of my head…”. But I had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind, well it came from a bit lower, which reverberated to an insistent beat…’don’t turn away from this work, these children…there’s more to be revealed ‘. So I resisted the strong logical opinions, even though it made life hard, it was so demoralising, so frustrating…. but for 3 years I resisted, thinking that there was another plan waiting for us, if only I would be patient.

And my patience was rewarded…just as I was at my lowest. Along came people who could see a future for ECR, who shared my enthusiasm and vision, a vision that is vital to keep alive a long-term project….along came, Jim & Kath, Merriel, Shirley, Debbie, Diane, & Corina…and, together with the constant support groups who have stayed with us over the years, ECR /ACT was re- born.
But, along with the rebirth of ECR in UK, there had to be a renewed purpose to the work for it to flourish…and this too was revealed soon after new ‘encouragers’ came aboard. *New cases of HIV-infected children being recommended by the clinic/ hospital here…all desperately poor, all without any support. And this is the niche of ECR to take on the cases that no-one else would, to catch the ones that would otherwise slip through the net, and be forgotten, lost to the world.
[*These cases are from mother-baby transfer, the mothers being from the original cohort of infected children that had been without any psycho-social care through their lives, (there were over 600 original cases in Constanta county). ]

So we have a ‘renewed purpose’….well 24 of them actually, all under 13 years old and desperate for some hope. Together with the work we still have to do with the original group, building their self-esteem in order to find work and independence, eg: the Family Greenhouse Project. Light-4-Life Project. We now provide holistic care for this new younger group of children…a group that would have been lost if I hadn’t listened to ‘my intuition’, if I hadn’t had faith that God had other plans for us, and patience so He could put the right people in place to ensure that the work goes on…
Be encouraged…be full of hope that at your lowest ebb, when all your plans seem shattered…God has another plan for you

Our wish for a peaceful, hope-filled New Year, for us all…

Love & blessings…and heartfelt thanks for your support,
Paul, Cosmin, Mihaela & Alina x