Our mission to Romania began in 2007 when we went to Chiselet, south east Romania. We helped in the rebuilding of homes for Roma families whose houses had been totally destroyed when the River Danube flooded very badly the previous year.
By September 2010 we had sent 15 teams (45 different people) and had helped to rehouse 10 families.
We then moved our work to Rasnov where 160 deprived Roma families lived beside a river, which for most of them was their sole water supply and toilet!
During four visits in 2011 we managed to build a complete new house and add a sizeable extension to another.
In 2012 we worked on building another extension to a house and some of our people helped in the local Schoala with English lessons.
In 2013 we built a new home for a family who had been living in a one-roomed wooden shack and we also supported an after school project at the local Schoala to improve literacy and ran a week-long summer camp for 25+ Roma children.,
2014 saw us taking a new direction as we looked to form new partnerships for our work in Romania. We spent the year visiting several organisations who were already well established and working in the country to see where we could best “fit in” and where our resources and expertise would be most effective. During this time we built a communal shower/toilet block for a community in Rapa and a house for a needy family in Apalina and sent several people over various weeks throughout the summer to help Little John's House with their Summer camp.
By the end of the year after much prayer and discussion the decision had been made to Partner with Phoneo a Dutch organisation working in the region in and around Reghin.