Romania

Romania Projects

Life in Romania has improved in many ways in the past decade, yet it is still a developing nation where one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line. Poverty is even more prevalent among the Roma, or gypsy, people who make up about 3% of the overall population.

Many children are abandoned by parents who leave the country in search of work, and the UN estimates that over 30,000 Romanian children under the age of 14 are trapped in child labour. Human trafficking in general is a huge problem in this country, with girls particularly vulnerable.

Our work in Romania focuses on caring for 50 impoverished children at the Denisa Care Centre, supplementing the half day of public education they receive with three to four hours of additional education and tutoring support. It is complemented by our House of Hope project, which provides full-time residential care for 7 young girls who have been orphaned and abandoned.

The kids we encounter have known neglect, hunger, and even abuse, and we seek to show them that there is love and acceptance found in Jesus. We want to care for the children holistically while also giving them tools that will help them gain independence when they leave our programme.

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