Europe

Casa Montessori


Location:
Bucharest, Romania

Website: http://www.casamontessori.ro/

Program Established: September 2000

# of Children:  15     •    Ages Served:  3-6 years old

Contact Person: Victoria Iliescu

Contact Information: viviliescu@yahoo.com

Immediate Needs:

  1. Monetary donations of any size to help cover operating costs.
  2. International volunteers to help assist in the classroom.
  3. Assorted new and used Montessori materials in good condition.
DONATE

1 – Check donations:

Farmers and Merchants Bank
3140 E. Anaheim Street
Long Beach, California 90804
Attn: Yelena Khais
Account #: 2829789
Please make checks payable to Vivi Iliescu or Kini McDonald

2 – Bank transfer in Romania in the Foundation’s account:

BANCA COMERCIALA ROMANA
Calea Victoriei #155, sector 1 ,Bucharest, Romania
Phone: 0114021 3126185
Acct.# 2511.A01.0.4969354.0072. USD.2
IBAN: RO55RNCB0072049693540002
Name of Account: FUNDATIA COPIII LUMII BAL JAGAT CHILDREN’S WORLD

3 – Please send materials new or used (in good condition) to:
Copiii Lumii Bal Jagat Children’s World Foundation,
Bucharest, 7-15 Mendeleev, scara B, ap. 23, sector 1, Romania
Phone/fax 011 0241312 2808; e-mail: viviliescu@yahoo.com

A Primary classroom called “Casa Montessori” was opened in Bucharest, Sector 4, in September 2000, by the “Copiii Lumii – Bal Jagat Children’s World Foundation”, a Romanian non profit organization.

The Foundation opened “Casa Montessori” in an orphanage where individualized education addressing each child’s potential was much needed. The initial target group was children from the orphanage “Sfantul Vasile”. The program proved to be very successful.

After 2005 the orphanage closed and became the Community Service Center “Sfantul Vasile”. It now consists of a Day Care Center and a Rehabilitation Center for physically and mentally disabled children. “Casa Montessori” continues to function in this Center and now also includes underprivileged children from the community.

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Families from California were the initial contributors and made it possible to open “Casa Montessori”. Our goal is both educational and humanitarian, providing free education for children from poor families, abandoned children and children with disabilities. The financing of the program continues to depend on various sponsors and private donors.

Casa Montessori consists of a 170 sq. meter classroom and a bathroom on the ground floor of the Community Center “Sfantul Vasile”. We are presently working with 15 children between the ages of 3 and 6 years. The teachers are Montessori trained. Both Dr. Rita Zener and Dr. Silvia C. Dubovoy continue to support our work training teachers and assistants.

In 1934, Maria Montessori helped create the first school in Romania. I. Spiru Firea was one of the first Montessori teachers of this school in Bucharest. Montessori education almost disappeared during the Second World War. It is our hope that we can provide Montessori education and caring home-like environments for Romania’s needy children in the years to come.

Montessori Esplugues


Location:
Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), Spain

Website: http://nidoespluguesmontessori.com

Program Established: October 2017

# of Children:  16     •    Ages Served:  2-6 years old

Contact Person: Lucía Gallego

Contact Information: luciagg90@hotmail.com

Immediate Needs:

  1. Monetary donations of any size to help cover operating costs.
  2. International volunteers to help assist in the classroom.
  3. Assorted new and used Montessori materials in good condition.

Volunteer Support: Yes

DONATE

1 – Please if you are interested to help us as a volunteer, write to us at nidoesplugues@gmail.com

2 – Please if you are interested to help us with an economic donation, write to us at nidoesplugues@gmail.com and we will provide you with all the bank information.

3 – Please send materials new or used (in good condition) to:
Severo ochoa 12, esplugues de llobregat 08950 (Barcelona) Spain.

 

The Montessori Esplugues Association was created in October 2017 by a group of families in search of a more respectful and holistic education and three Montessori guides certified by the AMI. The aim of the association is to create, organize and manage a small Montessori school for children from 2 to 6 years old. This is the first school in Spain managed through a non-profit association, where the goal is to welcome all families regardless of economic status, ethnicity, or religion.

In Spain in the last 10 years the Montessori schools have grown for almost the whole peninsula, however, they are schools with very high costs for families, which only a few can access. However, Maria Montessori opened many schools in Barcelona during the 20s and 30s, now there are only two or three very expensive private projects left. Our goal is to recover the Montessori legacy and be accessible to the vast majority of families.

Our mission is to offer the Montessori philosophy for all those who seek an education for peace, quality and respectful with the development of children. Therefore, we look for grants, donations from different public and private organizations. So far, the team of Montessori guides together with the families are what make the space possible, but we would like to get help to be able to continue with the project and make it accessible to everyone.

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Now our Montessori environment is a small place in the center of town where it hosts 16 families, we could welcome many more who seek a Montessori education for their children but our space is small. Practically all the furniture is second hand or handmade by our guides, as well as the Montessori material. In the afternoons we offer free breastfeeding advice for the families that need it, as well as activities for the knowledge of the development of the baby.

We look to the future, and we dream that one day the Association can manage a school from 0 to 12 years for all children, a place of reflection and learning for teachers and families. A space to share and grow together.