Back in Business

We told you we’d be back and I’m really excited to tell you that we are back big time! We have some very exciting news to share with you in the next days so stay tuned!

Ok, to begin with, since June our partnership with Special Olympics extended to our high school too, and we’ve been the liaison between the two. With the occasion of Kira Kegel’s visit, the Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia representive, and another secret project that is yet to be revealed, our school hosted a very interesting event.

The six of us made a presentation in order to show the progress of our blog and project in connection to Special Olympics. Before I post the many photos that we took, I would like to thank, once again, the Special Olympics team for supporting us and helping us fulfill our dreams. We would have never gone so far without their help, if they hadn’t believed in us all this time.

Here’s a gallery with all the photos we took, our teammate Alex presenting three of the Special Olympics athletes, Emilia, the Special Olympics coordinator and Kira Kegel, our guest. We hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to leave your feedback in the comment form below.

Cheers!

 

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Introducing Special Olympics!

So, let’s have a little revision for our more recent readers. A while ago, our team had the chance to volunteer for Special Olympics Romania and to participate in a sports competition for intellectually disabled people. The experience was unique and it made us wish to re-do it as soon as possible. Since then, we’ve been in regular contact with the Special Olympics team, discussing what other possible collaborations we could have. 

And here it is, the most recent one, part of project Unify. Image

At our very first meeting, the SO team presented us a project that we were very interested in, and which we immediately tried to implement in school, project Unify. We received different materials and teaching support and we studied them closely. The project’s purpose is spreading information in schools and training teachers in regard to intellectually disabled people. Three days ago, on Monday, our classroom participated in one of the presentations regarding the activity of the Special Olympics Organisation, here in Bucharest, and each of our classmates got to meet the people that are in charge of the projects and initiatives that take place under the name of Special Olympics Romania. A team of 6 people that have managed to change incredibly many negative aspects of life as a disabled person here in Romania. 

ImageWhat is more, both our classmates and two of our teachers had the opportunity to meet Serban, who has Down Syndrome and get first-hand information about all the activities that intellectually disabled people can have. Serban is actually part of the Special Olympics team and takes care of the secretariat aspects; he prints different mails, answers the phone and the door and he helps his co-workers in any other matter they need. The only difference between him and his co-workers is the fact that he does fewer work hours. In addition, he has participated in multiple sports competitions, from Scotland to Slovenia and he has also had a biographical book published. 

We were very happy and pleased to see that our classmates, teenagers just like us, have been so interested in the activities of this organisation and so willing to help us and get involved in our projects. Many of them have registered to become volunteers and have congratulated us on our endeavors.

This post isn’t included in none of the Problems or Solutions tabs, but it can just as well be a solution to the indifference of people. Our main purpose and greatest effort was popularizing  and bringing into our audience’s, and not only, the problems of disabled people. And by these little steps we are very confident that, one by one, we are beginning to fulfill it. Image

Volunteer!

To volunteer or not to volunteer. That is the question.

Many of us say that they would volunteer if they were given the choice. Others say that they wish to help but don’t have the time or means to do so. However,what we give you today enables you to find solutions to each and every one of your prior problems. So, here is what we give you: information. VOLUNTEERING can be done when you want, it’s not compulsory and you can organize your time as you wish. You don’t need to pay for anything, you don’t have to have a tight schedule. You can volunteer whenever you want, in the area of expertise that you are good at.

I won’t lie to you, volunteering isn’t as simple as it seems. It sometimes is tiresome, demanding and strict. But on the other hand, there is no bigger reward than to see a smile on the faces of people that you’ve helped. The fatigue after an event where you could help people is beneficial and it makes you feel that you’ve done something with that time.

But what is the point of this plea, you might ask. Maybe I should have written this in another problem post and then show the solution. However, the issue I want to discuss today is part of a bigger picture. This post today is a leap of faith towards you, our readers, to step up and become of a part of the bigger picture yourself.

The point I was trying to prove is that many disabled people lack a helping hand. Many have to manage on their own in a variety of situations while others like Antoaneta ( whose story you can see HERE) have to seek help from people that are either older or that have other kind of problems (e.g. Antoaneta’s father).

By getting into touch with different non-governmental organisations each of us can get involved into different projects regarding disabled people.

Here are some suggestions as to which organisations you could contact:

If you are from Romania, don’t hesitate to contact the Salvati Copiii organisation and Special Olympics Romania.

If you are from any other part of the world visit Special Olympics or Eunice Kennedy’s website as well as R-Word and Special Olympics Blog.

We are waiting for your involvement!