Against despair

Dear friends, our next project is in the neighbouring village Nocrich. In the Romany ghetto twelve families dwell under miserable conditions. There we have built a social centre. With seven families, we have already built houses; the next five we will undertake before winter comes.

Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ and Ruth Zenkert with the children in Romania

We go where the need is greatest.

For almost 900 years the Transylvanian Saxons lived in Romania. After the events of 1989, almost all of them emigrated. Slums formed behind them, Roma families dwell there in tiny huts without running water usually without access to electricity or gas.

Projects

In Transylvania - in the three villages, Hosman, Tichindeal and Nou - we are working on various projects to assist the villagers.

Training workshop

Holzmengen/Hosman

Many young Roma have never completed their basic schooling and thus have no chance to learn a craft. With the help of our training workshop we want to give them this chance and enable them to provide for themselves and their families independently in the future.

Stella Matutina

Holzmengen/Hosman

This April we opened our new house of learning. The Stella Matutina is the centre of the Elijah community.

Sat Curat

Nou

The roads and streams are clean, gaily painted garbage bins on the street corners are an invitation to passers-by to join in.

Persons
We introduce:

Liliana Mindrean

Liliana Mindrean heads the social centre Habakuk in Ziegental, in the village in which she spent much time as a child with her grandparents. She met Ruth Zenkert and Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ in the Roma settlement:

"We go where no one goes."
Fr. Georg Sporschill SJ