Christmas Tree Festival – December 9, at the National Art Museum of Romania

The 22nd edition of the Christmas Tree Festival (Festivalul Brazilor de Craciun) will be held at the National Museum of Romanian Art in Bucharest on December 9. The event advocates for access to education for vulnerable Romanian children or refugee children from Ukraine.

A total of 22 unique Christmas trees, created by designers and artists, will be auctioned at next month’s event.

“Here we are in a complicated year where Romanians have shown boundless generosity which has been hailed throughout the world: since the beginning of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, we have counted on the support of the population to be able to bring immediate humanitarian aid to children fleeing war, sometimes on foot. This edition of the Christmas Tree Festival will tell the story of this solidarity, which is why the funds raised will support access to education for vulnerable children in cause of poverty and war. In this way, we learn the lesson that children teach us: good cannot be discriminatory,” said Gabriela Alexandrescu, Executive President of Save the Children Romania.

Last year, the charity event raised 764,000 euros by auctioning 26 designer Christmas trees created especially for the event. The best-selling tree was the one created by Omid Gannadi and Inside Academy – 110,000 euros donated by Kaufland Romania.

In total, 6.51 million euros in funds have been collected during the 20 previous editions of the Christmas Tree Festival and 112,285 children from precarious social backgrounds have been socially and academically reintegrated.

According to official data, Romanian children are the most exposed in Europe to the risk of extreme poverty. According to Save the Children Romania, for more than 1.5 million children in the country (41.5%), parents cannot cover the costs of healthy food, quality education and medical treatment urgent. The rate of severe material deprivation has increased over the past year in the general population, from 24.8% to 25.6%, but the increase is dramatic among children – from 27.1% to 31% and, for children under 6, from 23.4% to 29.6%.

From February 25 to today, more than 2.83 million Ukrainian citizens have entered Romanian territory. Save the Children Romania provided humanitarian aid to 210,720 people: 115,494 Ukrainian children and 95,226 adults.

Mildred D. Field