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UNICEF and DP World Constanța: Andreea Raicu Visits the First Multifunctional Centre in Constanța

UNICEF Romania, in partnership with DP World Constanța, organised on the 15th of March 2012 – the first visit to the multifunctional centre in Constanța. The centre was set up with the funds raised during last year’s UNICEF Gala held for the children in Constanța. A special visitor was Andreea Raicu, the very host of last year’s fundraiser.

The multifunctional center organised inside Kindergarten No 53 of  Gate 6 District. Here, 20 children aged 2-4 years benefit from integrated early childhood education, health, nutrition and protection services. With the EUR 17,500 raised during the Gala organised by UNICEF with DP World Constanța support, the centre could be arranged and equipped, while the entire staff working with the children could be trained in the spirit of child-centred education.

“Our company, DP World, wants to get responsibly involved in the development of the communities where we work. In this respect, we believe that it is our duty to help the children of Constanța so that they get the chance to a good start in life, to receive care and support from their parents, to go to school and, hence, live a beautiful life. Therefore, the partnership with UNICEF was a no-brainer. Together, we can do so much for the children in the County of Constanța, and the multifunctional centre is the first step in this direction. We thank our partners and our customers for having championed the event organised in partnership with UNICEF with the aim of raising the funds needed to open this multifunctional centre in Constanța”, declared Eduard Cioran, DP World Constanța General Manager.

As she entered the room where the children were busy with their daily activities, Andreea Raicu sat down among them. She played with them, she painted, she engaged in glue crafts and drawing activities, and she shot loads of pictures. The little ones were delighted about the visit and, to show their gratitude, they offered her a paper flower made especially for her.

“I have chosen to get involved in such a project because I think early childhood education is very important. The first years of life are like the foundation of a house. Without a solid base, the house will fall down. Love and care are vital elements to a child’s life, and when they are lacking the child cannot develop in a balanced manner. In centres like this, children are observed and guided for their proper development”, said Andreea Raicu, a friend of UNICEF.

In Romania, UNICEF has set up a total of 14 multifunctional centres in partnership with the Centre for Education and Professional Development and with support from corporate donors and authorities. The centre in Constanța is the only one in the city and the second one opened in the county (there is another multifunctional centre in Medgidia).
 
In a multifunctional centre, children, especially vulnerable ones, aged 2-4 years, benefit from education, nutrition, medical and social services, whilst their parents receive parenting counselling. Unlike a regular kindergarten, here, children have four centres of interest where they can do different activities in smaller groups (not only one activity as it happens in a traditional kindergarten or crèche). Moreover, the teacher plans parent meetings to lend them child education support. 


About UNICEF Romania


UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.

In Romania, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality education, and the protection of children from violence, neglect, and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.



About DP World


DP World Constanța, the Romanian subsidiary of the multinational DP World – one of the world’s largest container operators, started to operate in Constanța Harbour in 2004 and, over the years, it has reached an exponential growth of its handled volumes, exceeding one million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) in 2007 and 2008. 

Since it started to operate in Romania, DP World Constanța has become the main Black Sea hub.


 

 

 
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