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Why World Vision is in Romania
Amidst government disputes and corruption, Romania dismantled its old political system at the end of 2015 and awaits an upcoming election for a new government. In spite of its 3.9 percent GDP growth rate in 2015, Romania ranks at the bottom of the poverty scale of all EU nations. 40 percent of Romania’s citizens are at risk of poverty, including 51 percent of its children. Romania continues to have the highest infant mortality rate in the EU, especially in rural areas. World Vision projects in 2015 particularly addressed rural poverty and attempted to improve the future for children and youth. A demonstration farm recently provided 500 youth with agricultural skills during summer schools and professional internships. The farm program aims to help young people feed their families and support sustainable rural development. An education campaign carried out in collaboration with local churches has also helped thousands of children recognize the importance of education and completing their schooling.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Romania
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- We focused on providing children with better nutrition through self-sustaining agricultural options, such as backyard gardens, laying hens, and milk goats.
- World Vision formed children’s councils and held campaigns focused on child rights and protection. During these activities, children learned both about their rights and their duties as members of society.
- We organized awareness campaigns and conducted workshops that informed parents and children about children's rights and how they should respond to reports of child abuse.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- To improve children's nutrition, World Vision held information sessions for parents of young children on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and feeding toddlers nutritious protein, fruits, and vegetables.
- We identified vulnerable and disabled children and supported them with medicine, eye exams, medical tests, wheelchairs, and speech therapy services.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- To promote school attendance among the most vulnerable children, we worked with parents on how to be more involved in their children’s education at home, such as by creating space and time for kids to focus on their studies each day.
- We worked with local leaders to identify vulnerable families and encourage their children to succeed in school by attending remedial classes that help them keep up with their classmates.
Love of God and Neighbors
Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.
- Relying on God's grace and Spirit, our local staff served children and families as a demonstration of God's unconditional love, seeking always to be faithful ambassadors of Jesus, the reason for our hope.
Prayer Requests from Romania
World Vision's staff in Romania are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Families raising hens and milk goats to increase the amount of protein available for their children.
Kids to stay in school, so they have opportunities to break out of cycles of poverty.
News from Romania
Oana, a mother of four in Romania, now has hope after World Vision empowered her to increase her family’s income through agriculture.
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