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Striving to Achieve Despite the Odds
Laurentiu Baldovin is a 16 year-old boy with great ambition
and a strong desire to achieve, a fact that is all the more
remarkable considering his background. Laurentiu currently
lives with his 70 year-old grandmother and his 5 brothers.
His father died when he was a little boy and his mother
left them soon afterwards. Laurentiu lived in a state-run
residential care institution for a period of time before
coming to live with his grandmother.
The house he is currently living in is in a poor state. It
is without a heating system, without warm water and even
without the possibility to cook food, due to lack of
money for actually purchasing the food and also due
to lack of gas.
From the social inquiry made by our social assistant, we found out
that Alexandra’s family had 8 members: 2 adults and 6 children. The
apartment they live is disconnected from the heating system, water
supply and natural gas, because they did not pay the bills. Due to
the lack of heat, the walls are moist, so there is a high risk of
falling ill. The living standards of the family are extremely poor.
We have obtained a more detailed description of Laurentiu as
a person from our psychologist, Maria Tudor. After several
counseling sessions, she has reached the following
On the outside Laurentiu is a very happy, sociable and
communicative boy. However, this is the image of himself
that he wants the others to perceive: the image of a
person without any kind of problems or concerns. This
is his manner of trying to hide his real self, who is
actually having a lot of problems and difficulties.
The most important things for him are his family and
friends. He has a drive to accomplish as many things
as possible when he grows up, but there is a certain
fear of failure due to a serious lack of financial
resources within his family.
He is very happy and content now that there is a
Daycare Center within the school where there is
someone who can help him solve some of the problems
he is facing. But above all, he appreciates the
tutorials and homework assistance provided by the
teachers. This support is very helpful for him, as
his school records have improved. Moreover, it is
very important for him because he is preparing for
his 8th grade final exam. This exam is crucial for
the completion of his education, as the exam results
will enable him to apply for high school or
As with so many other children in his situation,
continuing his studies after the 8th grade is the
only chance that Laurentiu has to develop independent
living skills and a future career. Many children in
the Ferentari district are interested in going to
school and have all the necessary abilities, but it
is almost impossible for them to achieve this, because
they lack financial resources and do not receive any
assistance with their homework.
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