Foundation "Star of Hope" Romania in partnership with Stiftelsen Hapets Stjerne (Star of Hope Norway) held a three days training session in 8-10 of September. The training topic was "Case studies in application of models for fundraising and advocacy. "

The information and knowledge acquired during this training session will help organizations of parents who have children with disabilities to act as an interest group that gives voice to the needs of its members in front of local, regional and national authorities. At the training participated over 30 representatives of the parents of the NE region and members of the Federation of Parents Organizations that have children with disabilities. The course was taught by Kristen folders, specialist "Star of Hope" Norway. This initiative of the Federation of Parents who have children with disabilities is the first initiative in our country that brings together organizations of parents of children with different types of disabilities. There are many networks on a particular type of disability (Down Syndrome, Autism, etc.) but none brings together all types of disabilities. ( details )



”Star of Hope” Romania Foundation in partnership with Stiftelsen Hapets Stjerne (Star of Hope Norway) organized, during July 28th-29th, the ”Advocacy models and instruments” training session.

The goal of the training session is to strengthen the capacity of the parents organizations, in order to promote and represent the rights of children with disabilities towards the deciding parties and influencet the legislative motions&policies.The over 30 attendees are representatives of Parents’ Organizations in the north-east region and members of Parents’ Organizations Federation. The trainer of the course was Kristen Folde, a Norwegian expert.( details )


”Star of Hope” Foundation Romania in partnership with Stiftelsen Hapets Stjerne (Star of Hope Norway) organized the Financial Sustainability and Fundraising” training session on June 16th-17th.

The goal of the training session was to strengthen the parents’ organizations’ capacity in order to attract financial resources and their efficient management. These financial resources are necessary to develop social and educational services, vital for developing the disabled child’s capacities development and for their social and educational integration. The 26 attendees were representatives of parents’ organizations of North East region and members of The Federation of Parents’ Organizations that have Children with Disabilities. The course was taught by Hakon Skaug, a Norwegian expert.( details )



”Star of Hope” Foundation Romania in partnership with Stiftelsen Hapets Stjerne (Star of Hope Norway) organized the Financial Sustainability and Fundraising” training session on June 16th-17th.

The goal of the training session is to strengthen the capacity of parents’ organizations have children with disabilities in attracting financial resources and their efficient management. The trainer is Hakon Skaug, a specialist in Norway. ( details )


PRESS RELEASE

"Coalition - equal rights and representation for children with disabilities"

The Conference to launch the project "Coalition - equal rights and representation for children with disabilities" was held Friday, May 29, 2015, from 15:00, at the headquarters of the Regional Rehabilitation Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities "Star of Hope" Iaşi , str. Bariera Veche , no 3.

The project is implemented by “Star of Hope” Romania in partnership with Stiftelsen Håpets Stjerne, Norway and is financed by grants SEE 2009 - 2014 in the Fund for Romania, Component 5 Capacity NGOs. Networks and Coalitions - Support sub component 5.1 coalitions and networks at national and regional level and think tanks. The total financing for the project is 93 590 euro of which 74 850 euro represent non refundable grant.

The overall objective of the project "Coalition - equal rights and representation for children with disabilities" is the development and strengthening the organizational capacity of the Federation of Organizations of parents who have children with disabilities to achieve greater inclusion of local / regional structures and better representation in front of decision makers, children and adults with disabilities in 2014-2016.

At the conference there were representatives of the Federation of parents of five counties in NE Romania, parents of children with disabilities of the Foundation "Star of Hope" Romania, representatives of local authorities and NGOs. Alin Aivănoaiei, Vice President CJ Iasi, deputy Cristina Nikita, deputy Camelia Bogdan and Director of "Star of Hope" Norway, Hakon Skaug and Aurora Vatamaniuc, CEO of the Foundation "Star of Hope" Romania spoke at the conference, expressing the willingness to cooperate and support the Federation of Parents Organizations that have children with disabilities.

"I hope that through this project it will be created innovative ideas and initiatives for legislation concerning young people with disabilities." Said Alin Aivănoaiei, Vice President County Council Iasi.

"Today I am here as a representative from the" Star of Hope "Norway, as well as Norwegian. We are excited about teaming with the "Star of Hope" Romania and I think one of the reasons why this partnership is important is because Norway has gone through the same process of social change. A change in the paper is not change in itself. For these documents to become true, to be implemented, we, in Norway created the Parents associations. After years of activity of these associations, we see clear results in the social field. I think this may be the solution in Romania. This coalition is very important because it can change not only the way a disabled person is perceived in Iasi Bârlad and Huşi, but it can bring change throughout all country. "said Hakon Skaug, Director of" Star of Hope "Norway.

"The strategy behind this project is community-based rehabilitation. The project responds to a need identified by the parents of children with disabilities whom experienced marginalization and insufficient representation in the decision- making structures regarding children and youth with disabilities. A strong federation of Parents Organizations can fight more effectively for the rights of children with disabilities in order to make this a reality. The importance of developing coalitions of parents’ organizations is an issue that is present in the World Report on Disability. ", said Gabriela Răducanu, project manager.

Deputy Cristina Nikita has reiterated her willingness to fight for the rights of people with disabilities. During its press conference, those present had the opportunity to share in the work of the organizations they represented.

Federation of Parents who have children with disabilities aims to be involved in different areas: the formulation of policies, laws, strategies that influence the lives of children with disabilities.

For further information please contact
Project Manager - Gabriela Răducanu tel. 0745 254 692,
PR Expert - Mihaela MARIUCA tel. 0745 520 094,
e-mail: office@starofhope.ro