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First of all… how did it happen that i had 39 page views per hour!? I suppose topic of homeless dogs got lately very popular.. I can not explain it other way.

I was very very busy lately and had not time for my blog, so I didn’t put any new posts … and still I don’t have so much time but my blog got popular 🙂 without any effort.

Yes, I am very busy.. not only that my mother is visiting me in Bucharest but I also started a few courses on coursera.org website.

It’s a really great thing I would advice to everyone. Courses are for free.. subject are very interesting and at the end of most of them you get certificate.

Courses I am taking right now:

“Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative’ organized by Vanderbil University located in Nashville, Tenn – I almost accomplished this course… I have only one test out of 6 left!

“Video Games and Learning” at the University of Wisconsin–Madison

“Human-Computer Interaction” at University of California, San Diego

and there are a few more that I do not have time to start yet/they didn’t start yet…

– Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

– Gamification

– Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

– Internet History, Technology, and Security

– Terrorism and Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory and Practice

– Conditions of War and Peace

Diana drawing on “Multumim” letter for Lavinia, Miro, Roxi, Octavian & Tomek (her mother wrote on it Tomex… sorry Tomek.. Tłomek…) and Dorota & Sebastian. One more time – thank you for your help! She will do the best from the gifts we (Victor and I) delivered to her 🙂© Aga Luczakowska

© Aga Luczakowska
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Things for Diana are already collected! Big thanks to Lavinia (for huge amount of school supplies), Roxi (for wonderful set of pens etc),Miro (I will get something more for Diana on the way to her), Dorota & Sebastian (with their help I got for Diana encyclopedia of Human body ,of Dinosaurs and of Astronomy and some color paper and paper to draw on it), Tomek & Octavian (who gave school supplies and very good books for Diana) and Victor who will share with me expenses of driving to deliver it all to Diana (more under link https://agaluczakowska.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/diana/ ) . Thank you guys for help! It will be delivered to her on Tuesday! 🙂

I did this photos for the assignment for The Other Hundred book… and I would like to get more out of it for Diana.
Cristina asked me at the beginning what Diana will have out of being on photographs published in this book. When I visited her I brought some pens, notebooks and sweets for Diana and her family. I would like to go there again in two weeks and bring more things for her.
Diana (age 11) lives with her family in Bogata. In romanian language, Bogata means “Rich”. Ironically, Diana’s family belongs to a poor Gypsy community and their income is less than 100 dollars per month. Her mother lost her job and her father is not allowed to work due to illness. His only income is the pension paid by the government. They all live in small two-room house. Diana is very passionate about school. They don’t even have a table at their home, so she draws and writes on her knees or sits down on the floor and holds her notebook on the bed. The girl is lucky that her parents understand the importance of education. They want a better life for her than what they have. Cristina is a very important person in this story. She is the person who told me about Diana. She is 26-year-old Gypsy girl from Giurgiu, a small town in southern Romania. Cristina not only managed to finish high school, which is quite a big success for a girl in a Gypsy community, but she also moved to Bucharest where she attends college and works as a social worker. She used to work as school mediator for NGOs, motivating parents, and helping disadvantaged kids. Diana and Cristina’s paths crossed with the help of Cristina’s friend who knew about the bad situation of Diana’s family and Diana’s passion for learning. Cristina not only helps to get necessary items for Diana but she is also the perfect example to follow for Diana.

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Diana (age 11) is explaining to her father what the book is about. Her father is illiterate. photo © Aga Luczakowska

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Diana’s drawing. She draw everything with ruller. Her dream home has flowers in the windows while her reall window is just a glass put into the wall. photo © Aga Luczakowska

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Diana’s drawing. She draw everything with ruller. Her dream home has flowers in the windows while her reall window is just a glass put into the wall. photo © Aga Luczakowska

2nd April 2013. Bogata, Romania.Diana's home.  photo © Aga Luczakowska

Diana’s home. photo © Aga Luczakowska

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Cristina is the perfect example to follow for Diana. photo © Aga Luczakowska

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Window through Diana sees the world. It’s just a glass put into the wall. © Aga Luczakowska

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Framed photos of Diana (age 11. Her parents understand the importance of education. They want a better life
for her than what they have. © Aga Luczakowska

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Diana’s parents talk with Cristina about their hard situation. Their income is less than 100 dollars
per month. photo © Aga Luczakowska

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“Girls” talk between Diana (age 11) and Cristina (26). Cristina not only helps to get necessary items for Diana (such as paints and pens, and other
school supplies), but Cristina is also the perfect example to follow for Diana. photo © Aga Luczakowska