The Backbone of our After School Program

Do you remember your favorite teacher? The one who made you feel extra special, or helped you understand a subject you never understood before, or gave extra recess time to the class. Our hope and prayer each is year is to find teachers for our After School Program who the kids will remember with fond memories. The teachers who go above and beyond and see each child for the potential that he or she is worth.

We are thankful for the Project Manager and the three teachers who will be educating the 130 children enrolled in the After School Program. This team of four (from left in the above picture: Ioana, Andreea, Project Manager Daniela, Iszabella) will be helping inspire the future, through educational assistance and homework help, and will be teaching about God’s love and hope. Please keep the program in your prayers – for safety and health for the teachers and for the students to progress in both school and in knowing who God is. We believe this is going to be a great year and we look forward to keeping you updated. 

Back to School!

Another year has begun for the children in our After School Program! We currently have over 100 children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Many of these children have been in our programs since they were little, some we have even known from the hospital as babies, and it has been so special to watch them grow and continue to be a part of their lives. We are so thankful for the chance to not only help them in their studies and encourage them in their future, but to also share God’s great love with them.

Please keep the kids and teachers in your prayers as they start this next year. Pray for wisdom and patience for the teachers as they teach, encourage, and share God’s love, and for the children that they will continue in their schooling and come to know God as their Lord and Savior.

Thank you to our teachers, donors, and everyone who has helped to make this program possible!

Celebrating Another Year of Kids Club and After School

Every year at the end of school, we hold a graduation for our students as a way to celebrate them as they move on to the next step. We had 130 students in grade 0-7 in After School and 11 preschoolers in Kid’s Club, and we are so proud of each and every one of […]

Petrisor and Ioana Join FFR’s Team!

The After School Program is back in full swing! After two weeks of registering kids and getting schedules sorted out, we now have over 130 kids enrolled, from kindergarten to seventh grade. Running this program is our wonderful Romanian team (pictured above, from left to right: Joy, Ioana, Silvana, Petrisor), two returning who worked with us last year and two new teachers. Silvana, who is the Project Manager, is in her third year of working with Firm Foundations Romania and this is Joy’s second year. Newly hired, Ioana was previously a teacher in the Romanian public school system, and Petrisor was in our Teen Program and graduated from high school two years ago. It’s great for the kids to see him in this position and to see the benefits of being in the program and getting an education. With these four great teachers, we know the kids are going to have a wonderful year! We look forward to keeping you updated about the After School Program, and we ask that you keep this program, the kids, and the teachers in your prayers.

FFR is a Proud Mama!

ESTERA GRADUATES HIGH SCHOOL!

According to a recent study, for every 200 Roma children, only 3 will graduate from high school. We are proud to announce that this year one of these students is our very own Estera! Estera has been in our Teenage Mentorship Program for the past few years and has been living in our teenage apartment. Estera has a heart of gold and loves Jesus with everything in her. She is a beautiful young lady and we are so excited to see what her future holds.

Upon graduation, students have to take an exam that determines if they are able to enter college or if they will instead attend a trade school. Estera’s exam will take place in the beginning for July. She has been studying all year and receiving extra tutoring. Please pray with us that Estera will successfully pass the three sections of the exam and that God will guide her in her next step of life.

Students like Estera are why we have our After School Program. We believe that more than just three Roma students should graduate each year from high school. We are working hard with the younger students to get them prepared so they can attend high school and one day graduate! Our goal is to integrate the Roma children into Romanian society and see them succeed in life. We were blessed to have BrasovTV join us at our graduation ceremony and share a news report about the event. Please check out the below news program (with English subtitles, thanks to Leo Hagiu).

“Joy, Joy, Joy Down in our Hearts” for our Graduates!

The end of the school year is an exciting time with our annual graduation ceremony! The After School Program had 130 children graduate into the next school year. Each class, along with the Kid’s Club kids and the Teen Mums, performed a song or a skit. What a wonderful year for our students and teachers. Congratulations to each and every one of you. We sing proudly that we have the “joy, joy, joy, joy down in our hearts!”

  

Ways to Donate for Educational Projects

Want to get involved with Firm Foundations Romania? While not everyone has the opportunity or time to come volunteer, there are other ways to help. Our projects run successfully by people giving and donating much needed items and supplies. Read more

Izidor Ruckel and his Father Visit FFR

This past week we were visited by Izidor Ruckel and his father Danny Ruckel. Izidor was a Romanian orphan, living in a handicapped orphanage for the first eleven years of his life. When communism fell in Romania, the doors opened for adoptions to take place and Izidor was adopted by an American couple. He was […]

New School Year, New Teachers, New Contracts!

For Romanian students the school year and FFR’s programs start up again in September. We are thrilled to have more Romanian children join our programs and have more Romanian teachers jump on board with us to run our programs.

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After School Program Team: Joy, Silvana, Estera, Nicu

The After School Program (ASP) now has four full time Romanian teachers, who love God and of course children. Silvana Hagiu who worked with us this past year is now the Project Manager. Her husband Nicu, who often subbed and assisted last year, has joined full time which the children will be so excited about as they asked for him often. Joy and Estera are both new to the program, full of enthusiasm and ready to get started. God provided these teachers just in time before school started! Our Project Manager Silvana keeps saying,  “I have a great team!” God indeed provides!

Seven Roma teenage girls will be moving to Brasov next week to attend high school, living in two apartments with the den parents. The eighth teen living in the apartment graduated high school this past year and will be attending university. We have wonderful den parents and a new teenage project coordinator (Adriana, left picture below) who are working together to make sure that the girls are well prepared for this adventure. We hope and pray that by next year we could open a boys apartment as well!

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What an exciting season as we kick off our programs! Working in this capacity can be emotionally and physically tiring. Please pray for everyone working with FFR, for protection and strength, for unity within each team, and also for the children in the programs, that they would not only excel in their studies but more importantly will come to know God as their personal Lord and Savior.