Summer camps for socio-economic and educational vulnerable children are one of the most valuable interventions as it helps them boost self-esteem, motivate for learning and development, and help them counter summer loss. NHF was planning to run summer camps for almost 700 children from vulnerable communities and leveraged financial resources for a non-COVID camp. As the current situation, we consider that it is more important than ever to reach those children, as they are losing not just a summer, but 6 months of the current school year and probably more, in the next one. We changed all the plans so we can organize summer camps in their localities, ensuring that we comply with the necessary requirements to reduce risks for COVID-transmission (eg: small groups of children that remain in the same group for the whole week, all activities outdoor, no-person-touch activities). Complying with extra safety requirements, mean extra resources, and extra costs (sanitary supplies, masks, and individual learning kits: journal + pencil kit). We need an extra source of funds to cover these extra resources, determined by the Covid-19 situation.

Mihai Lehene


Mihai is a Founding Member and the President of RUF. Passionate and caring, Mihai’s goal is to inspire all around him to be better and help each other, especially his fellow Romanian Americans.