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2009 Articles (6)

Education and Distribution of Educational Materials
Volunteers of the Family International donated educational materials to several children's institutions, including two kindergartens in Bucharest, a kindergarten in Valcea, the social center in Urziceni, and the local school in Marie Curie Children’s Hospital.
Volunteers of the Family International initiated the following seminars in Bucharest: In 2008: An Anti-Vice Seminar was held at the Sports School Number 190, in cooperation with the proximity police officers of Sector 4, the schools in the city of Voluntari and Jilava Penitentiary.
Workshops are held in Bucharest and Cluj on topics related to working in healthcare facilities, enhancing one's role within the community, and working with children and adults who have special needs.

2008 Articles (5)

Rejuvenating Our Senior Citizens
Since 2005 our team has carried out an ongoing program called Rejuvenating Our Senior Citizens, assisting the local charity, Camin Spital Sf. Luca. The program includes organizing monthly birthday luncheons honoring those who have their birthday during the month.
Helping Inmates in Penitentiaries
Over the past four years we have been assisting the authorities at Jilava Penitentiary. Some highlights for the last two years are: In 2007: Easter program for 150 prisoners. We sang songs and read portions from the Activated magazine, which we later distributed to all.
More on Children's shows
Many orphanages and families send their children to special resorts (camps and sanatoriums) during summer.

2007 Articles (3)

Saint Nicolas Comes to Town
During a conversation with one of our local friends, he mentioned St. Nicolas’ Day (December 19th, in the Ukraine), and the more we talked about it, the more we realized that this was a terrific opportunity to meet and minister to people.
Christmas Sunshine
Sonce v Srcu (Sun in the Heart) is a registered Family International volunteer project.
More on helping the poor and needy
Throughout the year of 2006, we spent approximately 1,200 man-hours soliciting charitable aid from local businesses, picking up donated products, and personally distributing the items to those in need.

2006 Articles (6)

Behind Green Gates
We have been assisting the local charity, Rescue Foundation, in their work with prisoners in the maximum-security penitentiary of Aiud (a city near Cluj), a prison with over 1,000 men and women prisoners. It is an incredible feeling one has upon entering the three sets of huge green gates.
Highlights of Our Prison Ministry
Some highlights of our prison ministry: A Christmas show in the men’s section. Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the women’s section. For this occasion we prepare songs, some reading material, cards, and gifts for the women. Celebrating Mother’s Day in the women’s section.
Summer Camps
We held two volunteer training camps for 18 attendees during the months of July and August. Each of the camps lasted one week.

2002 Articles (3)

Little Is Much if God Is in It
What started out as a small donation of shoes, clothing, and a little food soon grew to much more than any of us expected.
To Vukovar, with love
The city of Vukovar is situated in eastern Croatia, on the Danube River, close to the Serbian border. After Croatia voted for independence from Yugoslavia in June 1991, civil war broke out and the city was under Serbian siege for three months. Vukovar fell to the Serbs in November 1991.
Aid for Romania
Thanks to Family members Gideon and Lamb in Norway and one of our supporters in the U.S., we received a large shipment of humanitarian aid for our work here in Constanta, Romania.

2001 Articles (1)

New Hands for New Life
For nearly a year, we have been conducting a vocational training program in the women's section of a prison here in Baia-Mare, Romania. It all began when a social worker from the prison system saw us caroling in a restaurant and arranged for us to do a Christmas show in the prison.