Oct 3rd 2012
Dear President, [of Giurgiu County Council]
I am sending this letter to inform you of the excellent visit that I had to Giurgiu yesterday, where I was received by Mr. Muscalu, Public Administrator, and Dr. Teodora Avram, Director of Social Services. The objective of my visit was to see personally a project which aims to offer protected homes and day services for the former residents of orphanages. This project has been developed by the Comber Foundation, an Irish NGO, in cooperation with your county authorities and Romanian volunteers. Several Irish organizations, including Comber, had been involved in such activities in Romania since 1990 – 1991.
I was very impressed with what I have seen in Giurgiu, especially the human approach towards individuals who have been tragically impacted by the negligence of the past. I observed that these individuals have now obtained the dignity they deserve, a well deserved and appropriate alternative to dehumanizing institutionalization. The commitment of the social support staff was really enthusiastic. I know that you will be impressed when you personally see the project. I consider that this project is a wonderful example of cooperation between civil society from Ireland and Romania. As far as I understand, Giurgiu County is the leader in developing this enlightened approach in Romania.
I hope that this partnership between our two countries will continue to prosper and develop in the future.