The St. Josef Orphanage - from a kindergarten to a renowned school

Alby, Lulia

The private, state recognized institution, which opened in 1996 asa kindergarten, is now run by "Sister Mary" according to the principles of mutual respect, discipline and harmony. At the request of many parents a primary school followed soon, with the option to complete also intermediate and advanced classes. Meanwhile, this German school is one of the most prestigious in Romania.

The school management relies on a responsible cooperation and the preservation of basic values ​​( responsibility, reliability, tolerance, honesty and helpfulness). It also encourages the development of personal skills and talents by additional offers in the fields of music, dance and theater.
From the very beginning, the school aimed to give especially Roma children and those from poor family backgrounds the opportunity to experience a good education from kindergarten to graduation.

The house has a Christian philosophy and is financially self-sustaining. However, the low school fees that are requested from parents is usually just about sufficient to cover the basic costs (electricity, heating, water). Without additional support and donations, the school could not continue to exist, let alone be extended. The demand is high, since the introduction of class O, which is entirely taught in German.

A large number of school graduates did very well in the last final exam and almost all of them have acquired the German language diploma. This way, they have a high chance to study in Germany or Austria. Since 2013, Primavera supports the project because education is the most important prerequisite for a better and more self-reliant life.

A playground and soccer field for the children of Orlat

100 children - between two and seventeen years of age - are currently calling the state-run children's home of Orlat their home. It is the largest facility of its kind in the Sibiu County. All children come from difficult social backgrounds: they are orphans or have parents who cannot take care of them. More than half of them belong to the Roma minority.

Due to the economic situation and limited budget resources only the basic everyday needs can be covered - shelter, warm meals, water, heating and basic health care. But many other activities like after-school care and sports activities cannot be supported. Currently, only 19 professional educators can provide for the care of children and adolescents. The kids go to local kindergarten or school.

Many of the children are considered to be "hyperactive", due to their mental state they have an excessive urge to move or show severe learning disabilities. They actually need a lot of attention and support - for example in carrying out the daily school assignments and promotion of personal skills. Also sporting activities and challenges in the game can help to counteract the inner restlessness of these children and adolescents. And as for all children, it is important to inspire and promote them through games, sports and other recreational activities. Currently, the orphanage has neither a playground or soccer field.

That should change as soon as possible: That's why Bosch Rexroth Romania and Primavera organized the construction of a new soccer field near the orphanage.

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The "Door of Hope" Project

Blaj, Romania

The "Door of Hope" center in Blaj was founded in 1993 as a family business. The house opened its doors for the first time in 2000 for the twins Tabita and Timotei.They were only three weeks old, when they were brought there.

The main objective of this center was from the very beginning, to give children a place where they can feel at home.

Today, it is home to 12 children (4 boys and 8 girls) aged 8 - 14. Their parents felt incapable or too poor to care for them. All children living at the "Door of Hope" go to school, except for Valentina, a ten year old girl with a severe disability.

Tabita takes gymnastics lessons since she was four years old. Since 2008, she participated very successfully at national, European and even international competitions.

The "Door of Hope" has set itself the goal to protect its young inhabitants and to offer them a better life. They should know that there is somebody who cares about them and Primavera happily supports this plan.

Positive interim balance for Blaj project


For many years now, pastor Lucian Moşneag has been successfully following his mission for a better cooperation between the Romanian population and the Roma minority in his community Blaj in Transylvania. When he approached Primavera some time ago, it was his goal to build a counseling and meeting center in Blaj, in which families of both sides could meet and mutual prejudices can be reduced.

For 2 years Primavera has been supporting this project. With our donations, for instance, art and dance lessons were funded. This way, the children learn to appreciate their cultural heritage and receive recognition for their achievements.

Meanwhile, the first part of the social centre in Blaj has been completed. It offers accommodation, sanitary facilities and washing machines for around 1,000 Roma, who often live far below the poverty line. And there are even further plans: a room shall be installed upstairs, where children that suffer from respiratory problems can be treated and receive school classes at the same time.Two other rooms shall house a workshop for traditional craft skills and a music rehearsal space for a band. Great ideas that are feasible, but not realized in a day, as Father Mosneag knows. Primavera believes in these plans and continues to actively support, among other things, with 10 scholarships for students and funds, in order to further promote and support children.

About Romania...

Capital: Bukarest
Area 238.391 km²
Population: 19 million
Population Density: 80 inh. / km²
Population Growth: 0.78 % p.a.
Official Languages: Romanian
Literacy Rate: 98,4 %
Religion: Romanian Orthodox (87 %)
Curreny: Leu

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