Caring For The Young!
Six small homes and a small farm for abandoned children
set up by a Franciscan Friar, Father Paul in the little village of Glodeni in the countryside north of Targu Mures.
(Photo) Father Paul with one of the children
The work of the foundation:
It provides a secure and protected environment in which
a child can develop to his or her full potential, spiritualy, physicaly and
Bought or largely built with funding and supplies from
JOY, and now caring for 38 youngsters who were originally in
institutions for the handicapped, except for the three youngest who
were left on doorsteps. Now they are all in normal schools, and some
are top of their class.
(Photo) Say hello!
Rescued and cared for:
At first they were withdrawn, hardly spoke, shied away
or were aggressive;
now they are all boisterous loving, normal, happy children, and a great
joy to be with.
Most have been abused or had horrific experiences,
but with care, kindness, prayers and a loving family home they are
blossoming. Their house parents are loving capable people, who are
giving their lives to create a home for these youngsters.
(Photo) Enjoying mealtime together
The farm now consists of 4 lovely little homes:
One white, One yellow, one red and one orange - like a story book farm. They form 2 sides of a square, and the field behind has been made into a playground and sports field where the youngsters let off steam. JOY bought a grain mill which has been renovated and is now ready to go into production- which will help them become self sufficient, as they can sell the animal feed.
(Photo) The playground in use
A happy and safe place to grow up:
The village is a lovely place for the children to grow up, and they learn about farming life as they help in the fields at weekends and holidays, homework permitting! The older ones from the 2 homes still in the city join them whenever possible and at weekends. The atmosphere is a very happy one, as they help each other, and have a great deal of fun; like one big family.
(Photo) Art class