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"Bringing spiritual, emotional, educational & material aid to Eastern Europe"

ROMANIA

Annual Manager's Report

Although Romania has been part of the European Union for over ten years, it has struggled to move forward. Year after year, more and more people are losing hope that the day will come when life in Romania will improve. This is particularly true of rural communities, where most inhabitants are unemployed and just waiting for an opportunity to leave the country in order to find work, and from the moment they leave, they don't even think of coming back.

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Corruption remains the number one political issue in Romania. Romania's criminal justice system is not functioning according to accepted democratic standards and a simple look at many high-profile cases reveals why it is so. The key step for Romania's political parties would be to accept the integrity of a reformed anti-corruption process and stop trying to shield their members from prosecution. Many people in Romania went out on strikes repeatedly as they were furious about the self-serving nature of the government's plans. On one day, more than 600,000 people came out to protest against corrupted governance. Their placards mostly said: "We want a hope and a better future for our children".  

Even in such hopeless conditions, our MWB Romania team believes that God is with us, and together with our supporters we can bring hope to the minds and hearts of discouraged people in our country. During the past year, we had opportunity to help thousands of children and hundreds of families that struggle with diverse needs. Many families had opportunity to take on a Self-Sufficiency Project which offers them the possibility of standing up financially and having a stable income. Many more received firewood to heat their houses during the cold Romanian winter. As well, glasses were bought for children and adults who have sight problems, after consultation with specialists.    

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We continue to offer a daily warm meal to children from four different communities through our soup kitchen projects. Afterwards they are helped by volunteers with their homework.

In partnership with a local organisation, MWB Romania is supporting two shelters for senior citizens.

At the beginning of last year, we began a prison ministry project. In one women's prison, we opened a tailoring workshop, providing sewing machines, textiles and other necessary items. A group of women guided by a specialist had opportunity to learn new skills or even a new profession, which will be of significant use when they are released. Also, during sewing practice times we share the gospel with these women, and through accepting Jesus as their personal Saviour, they can come to know freedom despite remaining in prison.

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We continue to run three different Community Projects. A laundry facility offers many that are not connected to a water source the chance to wash their clothes. A greenhouse provides needy people with new opportunities to grow various crops and then to enjoy the result of their labour through a harvest that they bring home. A bakery allows local inhabitants the opportunity to take home a big loaf of bread three times a week, that they have prepared and baked themselves, with the facilities provided by us.

We continue to support almost 200 students through our scholarship project. We believe that in the future, when these young people have finished their studying and started work, through their knowledge and dedication they could become history-makers. 

This past summer we organised summer camps for about 1,000 children; for many, this was their first summer camp ever.  Leaders and volunteers ensured that every day was different and therefore very interesting for the children. The most important thing besides various competitions and games were those times when children were presented with Bible stories which showed how much Jesus loves them.     

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The most exciting and busiest period of the year for MWB Romania is the month of December. The whole MWB Romanian team works at their maximum level, often doing over-time, just to achieve established goals on time. No one ever complains about this because we know that our efforts will bring much joy and new hope to needy children and families. Through all the things we did, offering to almost every family and child a personal Christmas present and distributing over 7,000 food parcels through the Operation Christmas Love project, we can really show to our neighbours the love of Jesus in a tangible way.

Alexandru D.
MWB Romania Field Manager