Big Love began working in Romania in 2019. Our main focus was to provide support to families and children severely impacted by poverty and hardship. Covid caused us to re-evaluate our priorities but enabled us to support the set up of Food Banks in Calarasi which were used extensively by the locals. We are in regular dialogue with our Romanian partners Outstretched Hands, and with multiple trips lined up we're excited to see our work develop and our key strategic areas delivered throughout the year.
Big Love serves in Romania, Moldova and the UK. Delivering on our 5 objectives laid out below. We have managed to build long and sustaining partnerships with key organisations on the ground in Romania and Moldova. We have also supported Ukraine refugees living in Romania with monthly food and aid support. In the UK we work with schools running football projects and self esteem courses and have partnered with pastoral care teams at secondary schools providing coats for children caught up in poverty and struggling with the cost of living crisis.
We want to encourage you that you can play a massive part in the Big Love story that aims to challenge the injustice of poverty. If you have skills or passion for any of our strategic areas we would love to hear from you.
We love to see the impact football has when we deliver sessions on our trips. Working with some professional clubs in the UK we have been able to distribute hundreds of kits and have provided coaching. We have financially supported local clubs in Romanian villages with equipment and goals and always make football a feature on our trips.
One of our aims is to deliver health & well being courses written by the Big Love team. We believe everyone has worth, value & potential and we want people to know that! Our self esteem course has already supported over 40 women throughout the year in villages we support. Our team has over 10 years of experience working with vulnerable adults.
Working with UK schools we have been able to provide basic curriculums which can be easily adapted into the areas we serve. Teaming up with UK schools we have been able to transport resources, stationary, bags and books into Romanian schools. We are about to support a school in Romania for 15 Ukrainian children.
We work with community leaders and look at sustainable models of self sufficiency to provide respite for community leaders who tirelessly sow into the lives of many. Each trip has a leadership focus working with churches, villages, and business leaders.
To bring teams of skilled workers onto trips where small domestic jobs can be completed over the duration of the trip. Every task we take on has to be completed before we leave, these jobs include building storage, putting up shelves or other small domestic jobs. Earlier this year our team built a concrete base ready for future work.