What an exciting summer it has been with graduations. We have one more congratulations to give: Andreea Mondoc has graduated from college and is now a certified Social Worker. Andreea is our first college graduate and we couldn’t be more proud of her. Read more
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).
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!”
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
A few months ago God placed in my mind and heart a vision for setting up a group for teenage Mums from Budila village, a space with 2 rooms where we could set up a ‘mother and toddler group’ style group with toys, crafts, bible stories and songs, and snacks in one room and a ‘baby health clinic’ in the other room with baby weigh scales, a baby thermometer and baby baths for the babies to be bathed in a warm, dry, clean place esp. during the winter months. Alongside this, we could have discussion times with the young Mums about topics such as baby health, child development, feeding, sleeping, bonding, as well as encouraging the Mums in interacting with their babies, helping them form healthy attachments and providing their babies with the right care and stimulation they need. Furthermore, we could encourage the development of the Mums themselves, as Mums, as young women, in their education, and in their faith.
I’m so humbled to say it seems this vision is becoming reality as we visited Budila village to deliver invites to numerous Mums aged between 12 and 19 years old inviting them to join us with their babies on Tuesday!!
Please join us in prayer as we set out to begin this group, for:
- The invites to reach the right girls for the group, and for the removal of barriers which might prevent them from attending;
- Wisdom for all of us involved in planning and running the group, in seeing and meeting the needs of the Mums and their babies;
- Positive relationships to be built between the whole group from the start;
- For God’s will to be done, and for His glory to be revealed through the group.
I praise God for setting this vision in my heart and for the ways it has come together this far, and am excited to see what is to come next as we meet the precious girls and their babies!
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.
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!
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.