Hope and a future for struggling children

Talita Kum

When the schools close at midday, many young people have to fend for themselves. Talita Kum provides a six hour programme, five days a week for 40 children from some of the poorest households in Jimbolia, Romania.

The children receive clothing and showers, as well as nourishing meals. But our main purpose is to give them help with their homework, preparation for exams, and to encourage them to finish their education.

Local teachers volunteer
their time to help


Silviu’s Story

Blythswood Care supporters have played an important part in the lives of young people in need of care and support; in touching and transforming lives like Silviu’s.

Silviu’s family situation is complicated and often chaotic. He has struggled to make sense of his ever-changing world. With behavioural outbursts, his reluctance to let anyone too close and his tendency to give up when tasks get difficult. Silviu needs stability, support, care and hope.

Lessons and studying haven’t come easily to him, but he is making progress. Previously Silviu gave up as soon as a task became challenging, but he is growing all the time in confidence and perseverance.

Over time, Silviu has formed strong and trusting relationships with our staff. His love for sports like football and tennis are also helping him to form friendships with other young people. He’s not yet daring to dream for his future, but in time, as his confidence continues to grow, we hope that this young man will have great dreams for his future.

You might never meet Silviu. You might never meet the people whose lives you can help to make better. But for Silviu, and others like him, their lives have been touched and transformed by the generosity and care of supporters like you.


Gringo’s Story

Through your care and support Blythswood Care’s afterschool programme gives vital help to young people of junior secondary school age in Jimbolia, Western Romania.

Gringo, aged 15, has faced just about every disadvantage you can imagine, affecting all aspects of his life, including his education.

He and his siblings were kept from going to school for many years as their parents didn’t enrol them.

With his father in and out of prison and his mother unable to work, they found themselves homeless. Finding a secure and permanent place to call home has been difficult for the family.

With these family problems, no-one can blame Gringo for being three years behind other children of his age at school. Despite missing many days at school last year, he did make the grade – thanks to the support he received at Talita Kum 2.

“TK2 offers Gringo help with homework, notebooks and the facility to have a shower and wash his clothes,” explains Carmen Popa. “He does aspire to complete at least eight years of school. He sees from his parents’ struggles that getting a job depends a lot on how much education you have.”

Thanks to supporters like you, Gringo has been offered hope and the chance of a better future.


Dani’s Story

Imagine this. Your mum can neither read nor write. Your dad you see only occasionally. Neither appreciates the importance of education. And when you are at home you are expected to look after your older sister’s children.

That’s the situation facing 12-year-old Dani. It’s only through your support for Blythswood’s afterschool programme that he receives the encouragement he needs to persevere at school.

“Dani’s attendance is very good,” says Carmen Popa who teaches at Talita Kum, in Jimbolia, western Romania. “He’s been with us four years and has now joined TK2, the programme for junior secondary pupils.

“He does okay at school but still needs the extra tuition we can give. He prefers maths to Romanian. Once he grasps an idea he insists on working independently and finishes all his homework.

He enjoys everything the programme has to offer – food, games, activities. He loves acrobatics and is always trying to improve his front and back flips.

In February he joined us on a skiing trip. It was his second time. His skiing is improving nicely and it gives him so much confidence. Without your support for Talita Kum, children like Dani would never get this opportunity.” Thank you for your support which is helping to transform lives.


Sponsor a teacher

Transform a child’s life through education with a gift of £5,000 or more.

Sponsor a teacher

Transform a child’s life through education with a gift of £5,000 or more.

Sponsor a teacher

Transform a child’s life through education with a gift of £5,000 or more.

Featured projects

Showcasing some of the work we do


Shoe Box Appeal

Receiving the gift of a small box packed with presents brings such joy; we thank you for the 110,926 shoeboxes you so generously donated in 2019.

With many of the recipients living in dire poverty, this gift, not only brings a smile, but hugely impacts on their lives.


Daniel Centre

Young people leaving state care in Romania often end up living on the streets. Growing up, they receive little education or training and struggle to find work or even a home.

The Daniel Centre provides skills and support to offer them hope and future.



Over 62,000 people in Highland have been fed through our foodbanks. Everyday people are struggling to put food on the table.

Blythswood Care provides food, care and support to people in crisis.


Summer Camps

Providing stability and structure through wholesome, nurturing and fun activities. Many of the children attending camps come from backgrounds of extreme poverty.

A week at a summer camp is an unimaginable dream for many that you can make possible.