“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.

Sweden Paints FFR!

After a morning of school, the children enter our building for the After School Program. Little hands touch the walls as the kids climb the stairs. This year, however, when they turn the corner, the children will walk into storybook pictures… farm scenes, the solar system, and a city skyline!

Summer English Camp!

The last week of June, the After School Program 5th-8th graders attended an English Camp run by Lyndsey Marcu from Building Bridges Changing Hearts. For five days the kids were broken up into four groups where they were able to work together and learn all about teamwork. Each day the kids did warm up exercises, had a Bible lesson and memory verse, and lunch was provided. One of the team projects the kids had to do was to make Recycled Robots.  They all had so much fun being creative and working together as a team. The final results were really impressive!

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Each day a boy and girl were chosen to be the Stars of the Day.  It was hard to only choose two kids a day.  But the rest of the group was always supportive and cheered on the stars making those chosen feel even more special. The last day we brought all the 8th graders to the front of the room and gave them a ribbon. We cheered for them as they will be graduating out of our After School Program and moving on to High School.  We will miss them being in our group and wish them the best of luck for all that God has for them in this next step in their lives.  We hope they will come back and visit!

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All in all it was an amazing week! The kids had fun, were loved, the Word of God was shared, and songs were sung. Through the teamwork games, new friendships were made.  We are so thankful to all Lyndsey and FFR volunteers for their hard work this week.

~ Rachel Titiriga

Supplies Needed for After School Program!

My second school year as the After School Program Manager is coming to an end and things are winding down.  As I look back over this year I am humbled and blessed at how much the Lord has done in the lives of the 120 children we have worked with.  Seeing children, many of whom […]

Celebrating the Children

In Romania, June 1st is Children’s Day! Celebrations take place all over the country to make the day special for the children. The play therapists in the hospital organize games and events, such as face painting, magic shows, and balloons. This year we helped by providing 200 bananas for the kids to have a healthy snack for the day. In the After School Program, we let the kids have some extra play time, including using the parachute and playing kickball. But the best part of the day was the surprise ice cream that each class was able to enjoy! The Kid’s Club kids each received some special gifts for the day, like stuffed animals and umbrellas.

Our teachers and volunteers know how special the children are that we have the privilege to work with daily, but it’s still fun for everyone to have a special celebration and for the kids to be reminded just how loved they are!

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After School Program Singing Time

During the After School Program, singing is one of the favorite activities for both the kids and adults. If given the choice, the kids would sing for the entire two hours! Read more