2015 sees the Epiphany Trust celebrating twenty five years’ involvement in Romania, after the Revolution in December, 1989. Following two years of supplying ’emergency aid’ the Lowton Churches Romania Appeal began to refurbish a whole building (now known as “The English Pavilion”) in the grounds of an orphanage at Lugoj, near Timisoara in the west of the country.
In 1990, 450 children lived in total squalor in the Lugoj orphanage, “cared for” by a vastly overworked, underpaid and totally demoralized staff of 28. In the “English Pavilion”, with the help of local labour and volunteer British craftsmen and women, a greatly improved environment for the care and education of learning disabled children was created. The Lowton appeal, which became a part of the Epiphany Trust, continues to support the work of the orphanage by maintaining the “English Pavilion” and the renovation of other buildings on the site.
From early aid convoys across Europe to organising the first holidays for many orphans, Romania has always encompassed a large part of Epiphany’s work. Numerous other projects include the annual and always popular “Camp Romania” now in its 25th year; the supplying of ambulances to a hospital in Sinaia; the construction and maintenance of “The Arc”, a home for young adults from the Lugoj orphanage, and the construction of a second “Arc”, Epiphany House, at Stuica near the orphanage in Lugoj.