Wary and bemused, 4-year-old Madalina squats in the doorway of her home. Who are these people? And what’s in these brightly wrapped boxes that they have brought?
The knitted hat and mitts that Madalina has found in her box will help to warm her up. The sweets will give her energy and the toys will stimulate her hands and her imagination.
Come September, four of the children from this family will be enrolled in Talita Kum, Blythswood’s after-school programme for children from low-income homes.
Madalina should be joining them by the time she is seven, if her mother agrees to let her go to school.