• January 2010

    "...despite the fact that it isn't an environment to make you want to stay, the time spent there (in the penitenciaries) makes you understand that there is something good in each person...The fact that they've been trusted makes them belive in their future and the implication that we're waiting from them will be more important..".

    - Simona Butu, trainer for health at Mures branch of Close to You Foundation, lector in "Initiative 38" Program for penitenciaries

  • January 2010

    "...The feed back received from the prisoners after these informing sessions, the interest for messages linked to HIV transmission, to drugs, to other sexually transmitted infections, gave us the hope that both inside and outside penitenciaries, after their release, the prisoners will avoid behavior at risk and will be aware about their risk of exposure in different daily life context."

    - Manuelei Iftimoaei, national project coordinator for Initiative 38 project, Close to You Foundation, Iasi

  • April 2009

    "...you can't even imagine how much means for all these people to talk to someone, to have all terms explained on their language about TB, about how it's transmitted and how it can be prevented, what they can do to prevent it. For some of them it's for the first time to hear that TB can be cured and it's not necessary leading to death, if you respect doctor's indications."

    - Silvia Ghetu, MD and county coordinator for NTP in Calarasi, lector at CPSS's caravans organized in disadvantaged and poor communities.

  • 22 of May, 2008

    " I first remember the hospital of infectious diseases. We were living in a separate building, surrounded by a wire fence. They were taking us outside from time to time.

    That's how the girls from "Child's Heart" Foundation (CHF) found me. They helped me to be taken by a foster nice family...

    Above all these, CHF gave me something priceless: A FAMILY!

    I've then followed courses of Assistant Manager and I hope to learn accountance courses, too.

    Without CHF I'd be dead by now. That is for sure. Who else to take care of me, to find someone to care of me?

    Here, at CHF I've learnt a lot of things: to communicate, to work in a team, to make future life plans."

    - Roxana, 18 years, a beneficiary of the programs imnplemented by "Inima de Copil" Foundation in Galati with Global Fund support

  • 22 of May, 2008

    " I've also been abandoned in hospital by the family. I'm the second child took by "Child's Heart" Foundation (CHF) and I'm practically the brother of girls living here.

    CHF is my first and my only home. Without them I'd be dead or living in the streets or town's channels...

    Here I learnt a lot of things: to paint, to communicate with the others. I like a lot to meet with other youngsters of my age, to get out with them, to walk, to see new places and new things. I've even been at a sportive dance course and I kiked it a lot.

    I'd like to help other children and youngsters in need. For example I'd like to work like volunteer for UNICEF. And I'd like to teach other people how to dance, to be a choreographer...

    I'd like to transmit to the others that somewhere, someone loves us all and they must never allow to discriminate or to be discriminated, wherever they live in this country..."

    - Geo, 18 years, beneficiary of the programs implemented by "Inima de Copil" Foundation in Galati with Global Fund support

  • " Due to HAR (Health Aid Romania) I've succeeded to go to school, to travel abroad and now I'm staying and living with another girl in an apartment, without any accompanying adult.Without the family houses and most of all without HAR probably I've already been dead or left alone in a hospital, I even don't want to think about it. And I've never should accomplish so many things, anyway...I'm more responsible, more attentive at what I'm speaking about, I'm trusting myself more and have less health problems.."

    - Andreea, 18 years, beneficiary of Health Aid Romania (HAR) with Global Fund support

  • "...yes, now I can relate easier with someone, I cand accept easier the bisexual persons, to have a better attitude, not because I've previously discriminated someone but because I didn't know. Now I can understand differently the concept of liberty, I can discuss easier with a person who belongs to the LGBT community.

    When I'll get back home I'll share with my colleagues and mates everything I learnt here, I will make a presentation for my pupils, to tell them everything I've found out (misconceptions, attitudes, counseling, needs...) because I consider that I've learnt a lot of things."

    - Doina, psychologist, participant at the training organized by ACCEPT Association with Global Fund support

  • " …I liked the training organized by ACCEPT for the modality of presenting the information, interactivity of the sessions, relaxed atmosphere, the professional attitude of the trainers and the manner of approaching LGBT problems.

    I'll better understand my friends and I will bring forward the message of non-discrimination for sexual reasons, to understand some aspects, to better orient the relationship with my clients, to have more strong arguments in discussions held with homophobic persons, to have an informed speech about LGBT community".

    - Mariana, social worker, participant at one of the trainings organized by ACCEPT Association with Global Fund support

  • "Three years ago I decided to get somehow involved. I am one of the "Fighters-UNOPA". After I went to a photo contest, I have contacted "Lizuca". The programs here are pretty well organised, they teach you and help you and we became a sort of family here. At Lizuca I learned to be more open and friendly and I attended trainigs that tought me to be more human. Why? Because people here are looking for young talented people and then they support and promote us...What whould I change? The way we are seen by other people in general. There are talented people among us: I know someone who is a fashion designer and her creations are well sold. I am a student in Communication, but I'd aslo like to learn how to speak for those infected with HIV, in order to make the others to listen and better understnad me. To better understand us..."

    - Dina, 19 years old, HIV positive, beneficiary of Lizuca Association by Global Fund support

  • My parents came first to this Foundation and after that they brought me too. My best friend is here. Here I found out many things about this disease. I am attending informatics classes here now.

    I am happy with the conditions here and with what we are taught. We learn here more than in school or elsewhere When I was very young and very ill, my parents decided to withdraw me from school. They were afraid that I would die so they decided that I should get better first then we'll see. I would like to graduate at least eight grades. I have graduated only the first four grades and I am not sure I will be allowed to go back to school when they'll find out that we are HIV positive. I would like to tell everyone that they need to read to inform themselves about this disease, then to judge us..."

    - Mara, 16 years old, HIV positive, beneficiary of Red Ribbon Foundation in Falticeni by the Global Fund grant

  • "Some time ago, after I found out that I am HIV positive, my mom brought me here and this is how I started to get involved. When I was younger in the first grade I was discriminated: my teacher didn't want to accept me in her class after she learned I am HIV positive. I had to move to a different school. Although I am 21 years old now, I am still attending school. I do not know where I should go after that, maybe i should go to the Psychology Faculty. Everything we learn here at "Lizuca" is useful to us. If I did not come here, I should not became the one I am today. What would I change? The people's believes and missconceptions about HIV/AIDS."

    - Veronica, 21 years old, beneficiary of "Lizuca" Association thanks to Global Fund grant

  • "I got here most help I need. I would like to quit. I would need more support from my family"

    - Constantin, 24 years old, injecting drug user, beneficiary of the harm-reduction program of Integration Association financed by the Global Fund