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.


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.

We introduce:

A house for Adam

Adam and his family live in the last hut of the Roma settlement in Tichindeal. A bed stands in the single small room – no table, no cupboard, no stove. Heavy rains have damaged the hut. In return for manual help he received bricks, building materials and a stove. Three months – and the family […]

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