The Ajungem MARI (Growing GREAT) educational program
Asociaţia Lindenfeld is a non-governmental, non-political and non-religious organization registered according to the Romanian laws. Its goal is to facilitate the access of vulnerable groups to key sectors of our society.
Its main program is Ajungem Mari (Growing GREAT) which supports the education of children from foster care centers and disadvantaged environments. Through volunteering and professional orientation projects, creative workshops and social-recreational activities, our program seeks to build the children’s trust in themselves and develop the abilities they need to become responsible and independent adults.
Download the Program presentation and find out more information about our activity over the last 3.5 years.
The program started in Bucharest in the summer of 2014 and quickly expanded throughout the country. Currently, every week over 1,300 volunteers help 2,000 children GROW GREAT. For a sustainable impact on the future of the children in foster care, we need increasingly more serious and dedicated volunteers.
Growing GREAT volunteers are generally high school and college students or GROWN UP people, aged 16 or over with no upper age limit, who are communicative, dedicated and willing to genuinely help the children.
Previous teaching experience is not necessary! Before participating in any activities, volunteers attend training sessions where they learn all they need to know in view of their interaction with children.
Throughout the modules, the volunteers receive guidance from educational counselors and other experienced volunteers.
Our project received recognition from the very first year and was awarded in:
– The 2014 National Volunteer Gala – the Growing GREAT founder received three nominations
and the Education Volunteer of the Year award
– The 2014 Civil Society Gala – Second prize in the Volunteering Projects section
– The 2015 National Volunteer Gala – The Education Project of the Year award
– Timiş County Youth Projects Gala – The Best Humanitarian and Health Youth Project in 2015