News from Romania

Posted in Projects on 21st December 2009

I spotted today an article on the BBC News website by Chris Rogers - a reporter with a longstanding association with Romania and, in particular, Romanian orphans. What intererested me in what he had written was his observations of the transformation that has taken place in one former orphanage in Cighid. The conditions in this institution shocked the world when photographs of its neglected children emerged twenty years ago, but it is a very different place now. He attributes much of the change to the dynamic director, Oarcea Pavel, with whom we were delighted to work when we took a six-week introductory music therapy project to staff working with the children in Cighid back in 2002. Chris Rogers observes the children now have musical instruments... these were donated by Music as Therapy! I'm tempted to try and track him down and let him know they don't just have musical instruments, they have a fully functioning therapeutic music programme which we have received reports on for the last seven years! Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/8425001.stm

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