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Whilst this is a newer programme, set up in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Children on the Edge has a long history working both in Romania, and with Marius Aonicesei who is the Director of ADO. We spoke to Marius to find out more about his connection with Children on the Edge, his work with ADO, and the challenges facing Ukrainian refugees in Romania, 15 months after the war first started.
But not everyone was able to leave when the war first started, some had to stay, others lacked the means or resources to make the journey out of Ukraine.
More than a year since the conflict first started, Ukrainians are still crossing the borders every day, escaping the war and looking for safety. These are the families with greater needs, and less resources.
After identifying the needs in the area, they started building strong relationships with the wider community including local leaders, teachers and parents, supporting them to establish six voluntary Child Protection Teams for the 39 villages in the Lopoko sub county.
26-year-old mother of two Maria, was elected and joined one of the newly formed Child Protection teams in her area. Since joining the team, she has proved to be a very committed and active member who leads by example to help make her community safer for the children who live there.