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:

Ruth Zenkert

  Ruth Zenkert was born in 1962 in the German town of Schwäbisch Hall, into a family with five children. After finishing secondary school she initially started training as a programmer. In 1984, she met Pater Georg Sporschill SJ in a bible school in Israel. An encounter with consequences: she started voluntary work in his […]

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