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Blythswood Update – February 28th 2019

Talita Kum

The Talita Kum Houses 1 & 2 are located in the small town of Jimbolia in Western Romania near the Serbian border. Each Talita Kum house can cater for up to 40 children mainly from the Roma (gypsy) people.  Talita Kum does get a certain amount of funding because of their focus on these Roma people, which the government appreciates.

Because the town is small, students need no more than 10 minutes to get from their school to Talita Kum at lunch hour.

Retaining staff is also a challenge for Talita Kum since government wages are now about twice what people would get with Blythswood (€1000 vs. €500 per month).  Those who work for Talita Kum therefore see it as a calling. 

Daniel Centre

Most young people are referred to The Daniel Centre by the Romanian Child Protection Services, while a few come through hearing about it from friends. 

One of the main challenges for Blythswood is finding quality social workers since they can find better salaries elsewhere.  The Centre gets a local government grant of €2000 per year, but their expenses run at €5000 per month.