No one to love them, no family vacations, no going out to eat after church with the family, no passing the ball with dad, or baking cookies with mom! Orphan kids have pretty somber lives with very little to look forward to as they grow older. Child abandonment is considerably high in Romania, especially among the Roma people (commonly known as gypsies) who account for 80% of all the abandoned children. There are nearly 100,000 abandoned children in state run orphanages, and 10,000 living on the streets – sleeping under bridges, in the city sewers, and train stations. The Roma abandon their children because their extreme poverty makes it too onerous for them to care for them. Furthermore, they start having children at a young age (12-18 yrs.) and usually do not practice any form of birth control. The shame is that some of these kids end up being sold as sex slaves or for organ harvesting. Those that are not sold as commodities oftentimes become child prostitutes and are almost always sexually and physically abused while on the street. What’s more, orphans – albeit street kids or institutionalized orphans – are almost always looked down upon. They grow up without role-models/mentors, are psychologically traumatized, and are not taught the necessary life-skills to survive in society. Thus, once they become adults they are ill-prepared to find work, secure a living accommodation, manage finances, etc….
Currently, we are working in the local state-run orphanages, volunteering on a weekly basis to spend time and share God’s love with these orphan boys and girls. Our biggest project, opening a children’s home for abandoned children, is already underway. As of yet, we do not have the home, but the preliminary steps are being taken. We envision a home where we can house 15-20 orphan children (boys and girls), teaching and showing them the love of God. Presently, our director and his wife have taken in, (with the intention to adopt) a young orphan boy. They intend to do the same for his sister, who has cerebral palsy. To learn more about our the children’s home please click here.
You can help!
You may donate monetarily to help us maintain the said children’s home (to learn more about the monthly operational expenses and the funds still needed please click here)
You may also give to help us save enough to purchase a building for a children’s home. We estimate the cost of buying a children’s home and outfitting it to the standards that the Romanian government requires will cost around $100,000. Though a huge sum, we know God will open the doors to make the impossible, possible! In addition, you can help by donating toys, clothes, medicines, toiletries,linens, food, or whatever else you deem useful for a children’s home.
Please pray for us and for the orphan children we serve. We cherish each and every one of your prayers. Without them, we would not be not be able to sustain our ministry activities; your prayers are vital to our work. We thank you.
Consider volunteering by helping raise awareness. There are opportunities to come to Romania and serve “in the trenches” by helping us care for orphan children and passing on the wonder message of the Gospel. We would be delighted to have your help and company here in Romania. If you have other ideas, contact us. We would be very glad to hear from you.
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