In 2008, Rejoice Choir raised an amazing 32,000 euros for Romania. Donating 20,000 euros to purchase the land for our new half-way house – in Stuica, a small village, 8 kilometres from the orphanage where the young people in the Arc grew up. The remaining 12,000 euros was given to other groups of disadvantaged young people within the orphanage at Lugoj. Our aim was to complete the house and furnish it for a further six young people. To develop them emotionally as well as extend their life skills. A tall order – but one which from past experience we know is achievable.Stuica is a lovely green field site overlooking the beautiful Romanian countryside. Here the young people will be able to grow their own vegetables, cultivate flowers and keep chickens -enjoying the fruits of their labour.
The house will be run by a The Romanian Eden Association and will be financed by Romanian Social Services, grants and by the Epiphany Trust in conjunction with local businesses and Rotary groups. Epiphany Trust will be represented on its advisory group as Trustees and will support with training and where relevant volunteers with appropriate experience and skills. Our Romanian manager Sorana Puscas will oversee the transition alongside Vasili and Paraska Belan.
After several years of fund raising the house is complete. The kitchen was supplied and fitted by Ian McKenna, in association with Newton le Willows Rotary.
Most of the furniture/fittings and household goods have been transported from Hong Kong via Global Hand. This is a non profit organisation which brings together surplus goods with those who are in need.
We hope to open the house in the autumn of 2015 and have the official opening in the spring of 2016, providing a safe house for the most vulnerable young people who so often find themselves trafficked out of Romania. Significantly it will be the new home of Adam, Ana Maria, Florin and Similiana, former residents of the Arc.