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American volunteer raises funds for Romanian children in need

A Drama volunteer gives hugs to Romanian children at her project.

After traveling to Brasov, Romania to participate on the Drama Project for six weeks, American volunteer Elizabeth Lengyel decided that she wanted to do something more for the children she worked with. Instead of celebrating her 20th birthday with gifts from family and friends, Elizabeth chose to start a campaign to benefit Romanian children in need. She encouraged everyone to donate the money they would usually spend on gifts so that the funds could be used to help others.

During her time in Romania, Elizabeth worked at several different places, teaching drama to children and teenagers in urban and rural areas in Brasov. She was especially touched by the stories of the children at one of the placements, Prejmer Day Care Center, where she taught twice a week. The children showed her genuine love and care, in spite of the fact that many of them came from extremely difficult backgrounds, so Elizabeth decided to go a step further in what she could do for them as a volunteer. She initiated an online campaign where anyone can donate funds with which she plans to buy clothing, food products, school supplies, and anything else they need to help improve the children’s quality of life. Throughout the fundraising campaign for Prejmer Day Care Center, Elizabeth will monitor everything and keep everyone up to date on the entire process.

In less than 24 hours since she started the campaign, Elizabeth was able to raise $1600, with the help of 14 generous donors! This is just the beginning, as the campaign will run until Elizabeth’s birthday on June 6th. Whatever the final amount of money that Elizabeth raises is, it will be sure to make a hugely positive impact on the children’s lives.

Alexandra Maria Ichim, a Project Manager for Projects Abroad Romania, said “We would like to thank all the people who believe in Elizabeth and in the cause of Prejmer Day Care Center. As her direct supervisor, I would only like to reinforce that her contribution to our community is priceless. Thank you Elizabeth for your care and love, thank you for all that you are, and thank you for all that you want to share with people around you!”

If you are interested in reading more about Elizabeth’s fundraising campaign, please visit http://www.gofundme.com/v6pde69k. Elizabeth also kept a blog detailing her volunteer journey in Romania, which you can visit here: http://elizabethlengyel.tumblr.com.

Read more about the Drama Project in Romania.

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