Welcome

Our three small houses in Harja in the Carpathian mountains in eastern Romania give:

  • A secure and happy home to children who have none
  • A home where each child can be loved and cared for as an individual
  • A home where each cares for one another as in the families they don’t possess

The first children came to us out of the notorious orphanages of the Communist regime. These children are now grown up, at university and in training, beginning to make lives of a kind they might never otherwise have hoped for, but often still dependent on our emotional and financial support. Sadly, we are under constant pressure to take in new children, babies and toddlers whose parents have abandoned them or are unable to look after them. We do this in cooperation with the regional Department of Child Protection.

Please help us to give these children the chance they deserve in life.


UK registered charity no 1006753

Lockdown life

Schools closed in Romania on 11 March and will not re-open until September. So now the children continue do their lessons online.  This has posed a few difficulties as they have only a small number of laptops and tablets and all of them need to work on them at the same time. Thankfully, two people have generously donated funds to buy two more, so that has made life a little easier.

Betty has taken on someone to help teach the younger ones as they are all at different stages and it is too much for the carers to take on. They have much to do already with cleaning, washing and cooking. Instead of working their usual 8-hour shifts two carers stay for two weeks at a time, to minimise to-ing and fro-ing beyond the houses. They have all been tested for the virus and are fine.

The little ones are finding it hard to do so much online learning – hardly surprising!  Betty felt Stefan was getting quite miserable, so she bought him some new Lego and he was thrilled. “How did you know that is exactly what I wanted to make me happy?” he asked her. He and Gabi built this pagoda of 1500 pieces in two days.

The older ones will still be taking their exams, and they are working hard.  Sometimes the school makes them do tests at 8 in the morning – not easy, especially for teenagers!

 

 

The girls are brilliant cooks!

 

 

The children miss their school friends and sometimes get bored but as Lala said:

“I like that we get to know each other better!”

 

 

If you would like to support the charity and help us meet the unexpected costs of lockdown learning you can make a donation here.

Many thanks for your support and generosity.

Springtime in Hârja

Under lockdown most of us are restricted to socialising with just a handful of household members, or perhaps no one at all, but while our children in Hârja are not able to mix with their friends, they are enjoying the benefits of living in a big family. This means that they can still celebrate occasions, such as the start of the Easter holidays, together with their carers without gathering around a screen and connecting on Zoom!

 

There are enough of them to get teams together to play basketball.
There are enough of them to get teams together to play basketball.

 

Betty also takes the children out into the woods for walks and fun.
Betty also takes the children out into the woods for walks and fun..

And some of them are spending time cooking and helping out in the kitchen.

Everyone in  Hârja  is looking forward to Easter, which in Romania will be celebrated on Sunday 19th April, in accordance with the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Thank you for your continued support.  If you would like to make a donation to the charity you can do so safely here.