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Adi Matis Smiles Romania Assistant Director
October 2014


Golden September

Summer has gone, with it also the holidays. After all the busyness of the summer Mission Trips, and our summer vacation finished, we are now back into our regular activities, even though it is fair to say, we are never really far away from them.

With the school starting means we go and see many of the families that will need support for their children to go to school. But not only that there are so many waiting for us to go with the food packages, to give them the medicine they need, to discuss and advise them about their issues... Yeah, we could say were back on track after some days off.

Once the summer Mission Trip season was finished, many of the staff at Smiles had some days off, took a well deserved holiday, to spend time with family and friends and to relax a bit. But as always, the holiday goes very fast! We are now back at work and ready to start a new season, when the assessment and progress is again our main focus. So many new families are on the waiting list and we need to see what we can do for them a countless number and variety of issues that would all need attention and some intervention.

The routine of taking the mission trip guests on family visits or in any other project through the summer gives us less time for the proper assessment needed among our beneficiaries. While some of the people we work with will always be in need and well always have to do something for them, others are in a better position after a while and they could go on without our help. Wed like to see that this is the case with more, but were happy for each one of them. These families or individual people are grateful for the help Smiles provides for a longer or a shorter time and they are ready to continue their lives on their own feet from the stabilising help we have provided.

I called September the "Golden month" not only because everything turns gold coloured (the maize fields are all golden brown and they will soon be turned into valuable money, the forests turn golden and enrich our souls through beautiful images) but also because one of the most relevant aspects is once again of a prime importance education! The month of September brings with it the start of the new school year, which will really give a chance for a better life to many of the children that we support in the families.

I am particularly excited about the fact that three new children from Salard are starting the first grade in their local school! They are Marti, Shony and Andrei, all from the families weve been working with these past few years. I encouraged them and their families, into being committed and serious about school, and well be there for them to help and to advise too.

So hopefully, this will help them in the long term, for their personal development and greater opportunities in the future. Some older children will also come to school in Oradea, in the "second chance" school. You know Csilla, she will continue with her second year in this school, but there is another boy (her step brother) whod like to join her and maybe even a third one, an older boy, who seems to be very determined. Well see if hes serious about it. But they start a bit later than the regular school, so October 1st is their first day and we hope and pray they will settle in a make a success of the opportunity.

Id like to say thank you for the great support you all give, one way or another, to Smiles Projects! Of course, it is not only Salard, but Tileagd, Gepiu, Family Care, Homeless and many others all the staff here at Smiles are trying to reach out to people, to motivate and encourage them, to help them look ahead with hope and confidence, because their future can be great, through education!

God makes all things possible if we believe and Im sure well see great results.

The Tileagd High-school kids are proof of that and we believe that success is possible also for many others! God bless and keep in touch with us! As always, I will reply to your emails and Ill be happy to communicate with you any of the latest news!

Adi Matis
Project Manager
Assistant Director Smiles Romania

adrian.matis@thesmilesfoundation.org

 


Previous reports from Adi:
September 2014 - A Summer of Experiences

August 2014 - Salard Community Reloaded

July 2014 - Sessions for the Mind

June 2014 - Unknown

May 2014 - Celebrate with us

April 2014 - Beliefs

March 2014 - From being taken care of to taking care...

February 2014 - My dream... to become a pig caretaker

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