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.

Weaving Shop Self-confident women In Tichindeal/Ziegental Roma women have learned to weave carpets on hand looms. The weaving shop is a local branch of the company Tisca in Heltau. Elijah has converted an old barn into a workshop. We look after the worker’s children.

Self-sufficiency for families, gardens and growing vegetables, and the chance to acquire one’s own meat and eggs by raising pigs and chickens.

We have renovated the empty church ruin with its parsonage and school building. Now a social centre with washrooms has been established. The doctor’s practice with a small pharmacy for sick persons has moved in.

Persons
We introduce:

Many, many children

– dirty, malnourished. Often they don’t attend school. At home they cannot study, there is neither table nor light.

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