What We Do
Going to Romania Changes You
Still in Awe
Donna VonHolten - 2015
Guided by One Mission
I Felt Part of the Transformational Process
John Frank Reeve
Feeling God’s Love
ACF & What We Do
All of our programs have Biblical teaching as their cornerstone. Through our programs we are striving to see poverty decrease and the standard of living increase. We are hoping more and more families can remain families and less children will become social orphans. We strive to strengthen the family unit and the educational abilities of their children in a holistic and Biblical manner.
The rampant poverty, school drop out rates and lack of employment were enough to drive Another Child Foundation and Buckner Romania to do something. We decided many years ago to start with the youngest children and try to change their futures and the future of their families through education. We began by offering early intervention through our preschool program. Most of our children’s parents have little or no education themselves, which meant the Roma children would enter the Romanian schools already behind. This made it difficult for the Roma children to learn and compete with other Romanian children and forced many to drop out. Our preschool program allows our students to enter the Romanian schools with an educational foundation built on hands on experiences and lessons taught by qualified and loving teachers. New preschoolers are enrolled in to the preschool program every school year.
As these children got older, we knew that we didn’t want to stop serving them, so the after school program was born. The after school program was created to offer homework help to our students when they entered the Romanian primary school (grades 1-4), which meets for classes in the morning. We knew that most of the parents would be unable to help their children with their homework and we wanted to see the children continue to grow and succeed. Skilled teachers meet with these students each day after school to work on homework, other lessons, and special projects.
After School Program
Before School Program
The students we began serving years ago in our preschool program continued to grow and began entering “Gymnasium” (grades 5-8), which meets for classes in the Romanian schools in the afternoon/evening. Again, we wanted to help these students in any way we could, so the before school program began. Our teachers meet with these students to help them with homework and projects, as well as re-teaching concepts before they go to the Romanian school each day. This program ensures that students have the greatest chance of doing well on their National Test at the end of their 8th grade year. Students must pass this test to be able to go to high school. The student’s marks on this test determine the quality of high school he can be enrolled in.
We understand that not all of our students will go on to higher education, but we also know that they will need to have some kind of skill to be able to get a job. With this knowledge our Life Skills program was created. Students get the chance to learn about sewing, cooking and woodworking in our brand new Life Skills classrooms. These skills will help them in everyday life, as well as give them experience for future employment. Our teachers and volunteers help to teach these skills to our oldest students at the Point of Hope.
Life Skills Program
Motivate and Performance Program
The Motivate and Performance program serves older children who do not attend the Point of Hope’s programs. This is a scholarship program that at-risk and orphaned teenagers can apply to. We currently support 27 students who have created a plan and have taken the initiative to better themselves. For example, we have students who have used their scholarship to go to cosmetology school. Many students in Romania have ambitions, but have no way of achieving their ambitions due to poverty, which is a big reason why the cycle of poverty continues. These Motivate and Performance scholarships are designed to give these students the step up they need to achieve their dreams by simply helping them get the training they need.
Our women’s ministry began several years ago when we realized that we wanted to equip and serve the entire family. Many of our students’ fathers work abroad, so we started reaching out to the mothers and grandmothers. This ministry includes monthly meetings, as well as other special events. Topics such as self-worth, parenting, and relationships are covered, as well as teaching them new crafts, recipes and hygiene techniques. We have seen lots of growth in these women and have watched their community strengthen.