With the help of many priceless volunteers, Little John’s House opens its doors in the summer to children with special needs from in and around Sibiu during the annual Summer School. They are given the chance to take part in lots of fun and exciting activities and enriching experiences involving social interaction, experimental play, observational learning, music and art therapy. For many of these children this is the only “holiday” they have in the whole year and often the only time their parents/carers get a break. The children are bussed in from local hospitals, orphanages and individual families, with many of the same children returning year on year.
You may be an individual wanting to attend Summer School on your own or you may be part of a group that want to attend together. We welcome everybody who has the common aim of wanting to help.In the words of one volunteer: “Many children from the hospital have been abandoned by their parents, due to lack of support for families and the stigma attached to having a handicapped child. Those living at home are often locked away from the rest of the world, in high rise blocks. Whilst there are, of course, those lucky ones who have loving families, the majority of handicapped children in Romania do not have the opportunity to go to school even if they are of normal intelligence, so to provide a fun learning environment even for just one week is an education in itself.”
For more information on attending Summer School, please contact Mags or one of the trustees, all of whom will be more than willing to help. The contact details are contained withing the ‘Contact Us’ link on the left.