The HIP has been such a game changer for the community of Lazareni, not only giving the roma people a more comfortable home during the harsh winter months, but also bringing unity among the families involved in helping each other out throughout the process.
From Sep 27 to Oct 4 we had the privilege of hosting a team from New Covenant Church, Tyler TX led by Pastor Sam Fisher. These men came determined to insulate two houses but because of their tenacity, hard work and generosity we ended up insulating three.
These are houses 6-8 of 2019 but houses 38-40 overall. What a joy this project has been!
Please watch the video bellow to see the miracle unfold:
As you may already know, our kindergarten is split in two groups: class A and class B. This school year I had the opportunity to teach class A made up of 19 kids. This is their last year in the kindergarten because in September they will start school!! Due to mostly health reasons not all the kids have been able to attend at all times. One of the boys has some serious health issues (special needs) and he couldn’t attend but a few classes. We have realized that we have at least as much to work with the parents as we do with the children in order to make them realize the importance of education if these kids are to have any real chance of making it in life.
The Afterschool project closest to our hearts as we get to see the kids being transformed, educated, challenged to desire a brighter future for themselves and the generations to come.
Life through the eyes of the average gypsy child looked bleak and hopeless. This average child represents a number of children living in this very poor Roma Gypsy community in Lazareni where the poverty is so extreme that even the basic human right of access to running water is not a reality. These children were stigmatised, they were marginalised from society they couldn’t look to a future, or even contemplate having aspirations and dreams.Continue reading “After School Camp 2019 – What an awesome experience!”→
Those that know me would also know about my passion for cycling. Last year I decided to put this hobby of mine to good use. In August I decided to start adding up the rides and hoping to get to 5000 km in a year – while using this as a tool to fundraise for Caleb’s 2019 After School Camp. Continue reading “Ride with Purpose – AS Camp 2019”→
Nu sunt pentru porecle. Nu le accept, dar când vine vorba de Florin fac o execepție. El e ursulețul clasei. E o pufoșenie de copil. Când îi strigi numele e tot un zâmbet. Larg și în care se oglindește toată frumusețea lumii.
Dar acest ursuleț nu a fost mereu așa. Are o sora mai mare în grupă, Ioana, care e total opusul lui. Independentă și sigură pe sine. Florin e mai închis, e mai încet și încăpățânat. În primele zile nu făcea nimic din ceea ce îi spuneam. Dacă era să mâncăm la masă, el nu. Dacă ne jucam, el nu. Dacă coloram, el nu. Parcă l-a îmbrățișat pe acel nu.Continue reading “Florin – ursuletul clasei”→
One can only appreciate how much we can live without when visiting a poor community like the gyspy community in Lazareni, Romania. It is a great reality check for most teams joining us throughout the year.
There is however, a great need that we have been trying to meet for many years, and that is the lack decent living conditions. Even though the process of providing decent living conditions for the gypsys in Lazareni is slow, we are celebrating every step of the way. Because of very low income, very few families have been able to build a house that provides adequate shelter from the elements as well as safety. With help from our partners and individuals we have been able to help six families build a house and insulate them in order provide a more appropriate living conditions.Continue reading “House Insulation Project 2018”→
In this day and age, the advertising industry and social media has managed to teach what are the things we need, deserve and should want to have. Unfortunately, that makes us take things for granted. We subconsciously think we are entitled to the things we own, use or have access to. In the early 1900, they made a list of things necessary for decent living and they had 16 important items on the list. In the recent years, they have redone the list with the things necessary to a decent life and the number jumped to 114 items. We will let you decide for yourself what to think of these numbers.