Many, many children, dirty and undernourished. Most of them do not go to school. At home they cannot study, there is no table and no light. Mothers, much too young, surrounded by their small children. The fathers have neither training nor work. Some of them are day labourers, but their inconsiderable wages are not enough to feed the children. Trash everywhere, on the streets, in the yard, in the house. Corrugated metal, plastic, almost anything is fastened to the clay huts for protection against the wind and the cold. Women and children must carry water home in pails and plastic bottles from the village well. There are no cupboards or closets, no household utensils, no provisions, no reserves whatever for an emergency.
The goal of the Association ELIJAH is to help families at home, help children out of their distress, and to enable them to build a future for themselves by their own efforts. Support for families, procurement of documents, homework supervision, renovation of their huts and the Music School: these all are offers the Roma gladly accept.
The prophet Elijah stood up for the poor courageously . He helped in famine. He returned a dead child to his mother, a widow, alive. Elijah called down fire and rain from the heavens in order to end a three years‘ drought. When, at the end of his life, he ascended to heaven in a wagon of fire, he left behind a large company of prophets, his disciples. In Judaism, Elijah is the helper in time of need. For Jesus, he is the one who paves the way, the precursor of Messiah.
Elijah was forced to flee, because he spoke the truth to an unjust king. He hid by the brook Chêrith. „And the ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.“ (1.Kings 17:6)
On Romanian icons, the raven is the emblem of Elijah. From him we borrowed the name, as well as the logo for the association sponsoring our charitable works. We trust that our friends will bring us our daily bread in the morning and in the evening. Like the ravens.