It was with great sadness that we decided we could not risk the welfare of our volunteers by visiting the group of disabled people we support in Ukraine this year. The war there does not currently affect the area where Kalinovka (Institute for the Disabled) is, but traveling to Ukraine seemed just too foolhardy, even for us.
Determined to continue to take FYP’s unique blend of fun & aid to those in need, at the last minute we set off for Bacau in Romania instead. The volunteers pulled out all the stops this year to create ‘fun days’ for children in Bacau and in a very poor and remote rural area called Podu Turcului. We worked with Fundatia de Sprijin Comunitar, a Bacau based charity who provides care, education and fun for children who lack all three. We worked with street children, isolated village children and Roma children.
Here are some photos of our latest journey :