Andreas Gschwenter at the Hercules Day Care Center in Romania

At the beginning of April, Andreas Gschwenter travelled to Costeti, a two and a half-hour drive away from Bukarest, to get an idea of the Hercules Day Care Center’s success. As the patron of “A Chance for Education”, which sprung form the center, it was very important for him to visit the about 40 supported children of extremely poor circumstances.

"As a father of three I cannot understand that there are still children without any perspective for a meaningful future. I therefore want to create awareness about them as much as I can and help them improve their living conditions," said Gschwenter. Joined by Raiffeisen Romania’s member of the board, Carl Rossey, he also visitied a school in nearby Zorile, where pupils once fosterlings of the Hercules Day Care Center prepare for a now more successful future.

The afternoon was characterized by activities and discussions. After the children had showed the guest how to garden properly, Rossey and Gschwenter sat down with them, their parents, teachers and the volunteers to talk about the Day Care Centre’s future. “I am lucky to be the patron of this project. I think we are really changing those kids’ lives. They learn how to take on the challenges of life – something they would not have been able to do otherwise”, says Gschwenter. Considering the project's successful development so far, you could almost say its address is no coincidence: the Hercules-house is located in Victorystreet.