ROMANIA - Firm Foundations Romania

Transforming hearts through love and education

HOPE agent Firm Foundations Romania seeks to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and families by providing physical and educational guidance and sharing the Gospel. 

Hospital Project

The Hospital Project exists to fill a void in the lives of children who are abandoned at the Brasov Children’s Hospital. Whether it is a child who is fully abandoned or one that is left in the institution to receive care for a period of time, FFR’s mission is to be the loving hands that these children are missing.

After School Program

This program provides a place for Roma and Romanian children to come and be encouraged. Children are given backpacks, school supplies, and clothing, if needed. The diverse volunteer staff share the love of God with these children, help with their studies, offer exposure to new cultures, and practice with the English language. 

High School Mentoship

The Roma community in Budila faces the challenge of access to basic education. It is rare for students to graduate from high school or move on to training for modern professions. Typically, teenagers do not finish their eighth grade of education. Obstacles include having to stay at home to help parents with younger siblings or with the parent’s work. In addition, many girls get pregnant and start families of their own at an early age, and generally are not motivated to do well in school. The High School Mentorship program is in place to offer a future and a hope to those young people who cannot see one in their circumstances. 

Kids Club

This preschool program benefits the young children of Budila. During FFR team visits to the village, it was obvious that there was a lack of supervision and guidance for children, who spend their days roaming the streets. After the High School Mentorship program began, it became even more apparent that children in this community needed to start their education as early as possible. Each week children ages 3-7 come for a two-hour program at the schoolhouse. The curriculum aims to teach children about the Bible, hygiene, manners and behavioral guidance. Concepts like washing hands, listening, and respectful interactions with one another are mostly all new for these children. 


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Project Updates

  • We are thankful to God that 2017 was a successful year for Firm Foundations Romania. Our hospital project continued running smoothly with 50 short term volunteers, representing ten countries, who came to hold and take care of the abandoned and semi-abandoned babies in the hospital. We had ten supervisors, long term volunteers who come for longer than three months, serving in the hospital as well. FFR provided these children with 38,500 diapers in 2017.

    The After School Program has around 130 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. Our goal is to assist these students with their education, teach hygiene and life lessons, and most importantly, introduce the hope and love of Jesus Christ. This past year we hired two new teachers, including a former student who was in our After School Program. After receiving assistance from FFR in the After School Program and while attending high school, Petrisor graduated and was looking for a job. We hired him as an educator and he is doing a wonderful job in this role. For the children in the program, this is an opportunity for them to see what they can become if they continue with their schooling and education.

    Andreea Mondoc, who was one of the first students we worked with, graduated from university this past year with a degree in Social Work! Andreea always said she wanted to be a social worker so she can help her own people. After years of hard work, Andreea succeeded in this goal and received a job working with orphans in Romania. We are so proud of her accomplishments.

    FFR started a program working with Teen Moms in the Roma village. Many teens get pregnant between the ages of 15-19, and therefore end up dropping out of school, if they have not done so already. We are currently working with six teen moms and hoping to increase this program in 2018. Our goal is to help these young mothers learn how to connect with their babies, which will also help prevent abandonment, and how to be responsible in this new role. We provide a safe place for the girls to meet and ask questions.

    Overall 2017 was a great year for FFR and we are so thankful for how God continues to bless the programs. We look forward to 2018 and seeing what God will do next.

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