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Bucharest, June 2 /Agerpres/ - Prince Charles, who arrived in Romania for a private visit last Sunday, on Tuesday launched in the Viscri village, at his property he bought here a few years ago, The Prince of Wales' Foundation Romania, a charitable organization interested in education and also in supporting the preservation of the national heritage and sustainable development in Romania.
This is the second foundation sponsored by Prince Charles in Romania, after the Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation opened 15 years ago also in Viscri, the vice-chair of which is Caroline Fernolend.
'We are proud and very happy that Prince Charles chose Viscri and his property here as the home of his new foundation. Viscri is a community that functions very well and I believe that was the main reason for his choosing of the village as the home of this foundation. People from all over the country will come here to attend various restoration courses and to train for various jobs, but also students from abroad. The Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation will remain independent and will have nothing to do with the new entity launched on Tuesday,' Caroline Fernolend told AGERPRES.
The Mihai Eminescu Trust Foundation helps people who graduated the courses here to set up a small business, while The Prince Charles of Wales' Foundation Romania will not do the same.
Prince Charles is launching his own foundation in Romania on Tuesday - The Prince of Wales's Foundation Romania - a charitable organization interested in education and also in supporting the preservation of the national heritage and sustainable development in Romania, the British Embassy in Romania announced in a release.
Prince Charles, via its charitable foundation based in UK - The Prince of Wales' Charitable Foundation - owns a traditional house in Viscri, Brasov County, which will be used by the Romanian branch of his foundation.
"Initially, a significant part of the activity of the new foundation will be carried out here. This property will be carefully restored and made into Prince Charles' Training Centre in Transylvania. The Centre will have a conference hall large enough to host up to 70 people, a coffee shop and accommodation rooms in support of local communities and the thousands of visitors who arrive in Viscri every year," the abovementioned release also shows.
Moreover, The Prince of Wales' Foundation will offer restoration courses to both the local communities and the students and apprentices from abroad.
"This is the first step of the commitment to support Romania in re-discovering some trades that are, most of them, already lost in the rural area. Also, other courses and programmes could be launched later, depending on the needs of the rural communities. The Foundation will also support Prince Charles' personal charitable programmes and that of other charitable organizations, in an attempt to help not only the Transylvania region, but the entire Romania," the source also said.
The charitable foundation of The Prince of Wales of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland also owns in Romania another property in Valea Zalanului, Covasna County, which can be rented (the same as the property in Viscri), with the profit to be spent entirely on charitable activities of the Prince of Wales' Foundation.
The executive manager of The Prince of Wales' Foundation is Aura Woodward, who was born in Romania.
"The Prince of Wales' Foundation Romania will work closely with the rural communities nationwide to support the locals in learning new trades and skills to help them find a job," stated Woodward. AGERPRES
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