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REFERENCES & TESTIMONIALS

«There is a place in Bucharest where poverty has settled down for good; however, there is still one place where hope may arise. No matter what the exigency, the Phillip House brings forth original solutions to the problems of children and families at risk. Phillip House is a partner whom one can recommend as being serious, professional and effective.»

Diana Nistorescu, Executive Director of FONPC
(Federation of Non-Government Organizations active in Child Protection)

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«Having worked for UNICEF in UK for the last two years and talked a lot about the work that UNICEF does, this has been the first opportunity [for me] to see UNICEF actually at work within the field. Out of the 3 days that I spent in Romania, I think Caminul Phillip is the most powerful project that I've seen in terms of things that UNICEF supports. It encompasses so many different issues and helps a whole community in everything that they do. I find the kids fantastic.»

Andrew Bool, Representative of UNICEF, Great Britain

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«In 2000, Phillip House Foundation was granted $25,000 from World Vision Romania to develop a project for child protection. The beneficiaries were sixty Roma families and their children from the Ferentari Area. Critical situations have been overcome through meetings with support groups for parents, in-kind emergency support, individual counseling, and other special assistance services. This project was successfully integrated within the other projects of the foundation: educational reintegration, pediatric and dental care, spiritual growth, etc. The professionalism and self-denial of the Phillip House staff brings a ray of light and hope into the hearts of children who gladly come to the Phillip House everyday.»

Dr. Zolotusca, Small Grant Manager, World Vision Romania

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«The partnership between the Bucharest Department for Child Protection, Sector 5, and the Phillip House Foundation has been developing for the last few years. The goal of the partnership is the improve school records of Roma children originating from at-risk families, as well as to prevent family abandonment. The success of the projects developed by the Phillip House is ensured by the steady flow of intervention they provide. The results registered in the field of Child Protection for the 300 children assisted by the Phillip House Foundation prove that meeting the objectives of Educational Reform in Romania can be a reality.»

Florentina Marin, Deptartment of Child Protection, Sector 5

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«From the perspective of educational reform in Romania, Phillip House Foundation is an exceptional collaborator with the School Inspectorate [division of the Dept. of Education]. Their projects support access to education for children originating from disadvantaged families, and provide social protection and specific assistance in improving the children's school records. The foundation promotes a successful education pattern that can be easily replicated in other disadvantaged areas.»

Prof. Doina Uta, School Inspection Coordinator, Sector 5

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«For the "Partida Romilor" organization, the Phillip House projects represent a real support for Roma children from Ferentari Extension Area. From a future perspective, the integration of Roma children into the educational system is decisive for the social integration of this category of people. We will continue to further our collaboration with the Phillip House, working to employ development strategies for community partnerships.»

Gheorghe Stefan, President of "Partida Romilor" (Roma Party), Sector 5

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«The project run by School No. 148 embodies our mission to create an inclusive educational environment in the community. During this school year we have been developing projects in partnership with the Phillip House Foundation. Within the framework of the project "Together at School", the Phillip House set up a Daycare Center in our school. The center is an interventional and necessary structure for the integration of Roma pupils originating from poor families. Our collaboration with the Phillip House proves the effectiveness of projects aimed at doing away with school drop-out and dealing effectively with at-risk situations regarding Roma children.»

Mrs. Tamara Manatu, School Principal and Teacher

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«The educational programs run by the partnership between School No. 2 and the Phillip House are a real support for integrating Roma children into the educational system. The social services provided by the foundation ensure the good school results of the children. Within the framework of the Daycare Center, the children benefit from supplementary tutoring for the eighth grade final exams [necessary for further education]. The improvement of school results proves the quality of the interventions for integrating the children into the educational system and maintaining their performance.»

Ileana Popescu, School Principal and Teacher

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«The children's school records are constantly improving. Their positive school results are the outcome of careful tutoring and help with their homework.»

Carmen Ene, Teacher

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«I have a very good opinion about the activity of the Daycare Center. My grandson's school records have improved. Thank you!»

Floarea Marin, Grandmother

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«Thank you for the support the Phillip House Foundation provided to my three children assisted within the Daycare Center at School No. 148.»

Georgeta Ispas, Parent

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«I am content with the school records of my children since they have started going to the Daycare Center.»

Gina Dragomirescu, Mother of two children

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