Valentina Romania is an association created by a group of French expatriates and Romanians to help abandoned children in Romania. Its main goal is prevent the children of disadvantaged families in Bucharest from dropping out of school. The association welcomes and supports one hundred children at the "Casa Valentina" home, which opened in 2006 and has supported around 80 families.

Children are the main beneficiaries but some initiatives also target parents: social support at home, emergency care in some situations, home improvement and professional integration of mothers through a sewing-based integration workshop.

This project was supported by the Societe Generale Foundation in 2013 and 2015.

The MIA sewing workshop offers training in sewing and creating an income-generating activity for the mothers of children supported by the Valentina Romania association. Launched in 2009, the programme is aimed at beginners. In 2013, the workshop was renovated and more equipment provided, with a showroom opened in 2014 to highlight the achievements of the workshop attendees.

The sewing training workshop takes place over 18 months. Once complete, the interns receive an income which can be doubled gradually in accordance with progress. This is then followed by stages involving implementation and initial independence, quality development and awareness of buyer requirements.

The Societe Generale Corporate Foundation has decided to support the Valentina Romania association as it aims to develop the MIA sewing workshop to be able to guide various isolated women into employment. MIA believes in the central role of women in their family, it gives them the tools to get a job, (re)discover their dignity and manage themselves economically and socially within their country. 

To know more about this organization : Valentina Romania

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