Archive for the ‘Romania’ Category

Then and Now

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Don’t you enjoy looking through old family photo albums? It’s heart warming seeing how children grow through the years—similar facial features, recognizable, yet they’re much taller.

In 2003, shortly after ICC Romania inaugurated its first children’s home, ICC’s volunteer extraordinaire, Dimitri Triantos, took a photo of some of our children holding a banner from Stichting Internationale Kinderhulp, our Dutch partner. Dimitri’s son, Lambro, recently visited the ICC Romania children’s village and captured a similar pose with the same children now eight years older!

Our children from Romania in 2003

Our children in 2003

It’s rewarding to witness the changes and growth in these children. As well, it’s a testimony to the type of program ICC operates, where children experience the love and security they need to grow and develop over time. ICC’s programs are all about longevity, the long-term, the sustaining effort. How else can children thrive?

The children from Romania in 2011

Our children in 2011

Thank-you for joining us in the long-term support of ICC children. Without you and other faithful partners, these pictures and this ministry simply would not exist.

ICC—It’s not charity… It’s family!

Shoeboxes for Romania

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Last year the ICC Netherlands (IKN) office organized a shoe box activity for our children’s village in Romania as well as for the surrounding community. Two schools, some companies and some individuals supported this action. Participants were encouraged to take a shoebox and fill it with a pencil, pen, eraser, notebook lines, writing pads, hat, scarf, mittens, T-shirts, underwear, pencils, pencil case, cap and bouncing ball.

Some of the children who helped make the shoeboxes.

Some of the children who helped make the shoeboxes.

Because of the success of this program, we decided to do it also this year. So far, it is going very well. Joining us this year are schools from the West, South and North of the country. There are also churches in Belgium, a few companies and individuals who are helping us.

Lambro Triantos, IKN Director, with some of the shoeboxes for Romania.

Lambro Triantos, IKN Director, with some of the shoeboxes for Romania.

On the 20th of October, I visited the city of Limburg and was interviewed by the regional television station L1TV.

Thanks for reading!

Lambro Triantos,
Director, IKN

Do ICC’s Children Absorb the Christian Lifestyle Around Them?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

The phone rang at our ICC project in Romania. Simona, our administrator, answered it. The voice on the other end was the mother of two children who have lived with us for more than eleven years. She had requested to visit before, but rarely followed through in showing up.

She lives most of the time outside the country but has tried to maintain phone contact with her children. At times she had sent care packages, but the clothing was often too small. This time she wanted to take the children shopping to ensure the sizes would be correct.

Simona began mentally processing how to talk to Mioara & Zachery this time, as they had often been disappointed when their mother failed to visit as she promised. Without checking the calendar, Simona offhandedly said the requested date would work.

The mother then called the home where her children live and spoke with her daughter, Mioara. The housemother was in the kitchen and overheard the conversation. Mioara and Zachery’s mother said that she was coming to take them shopping in a few weeks.

When she informed Mioara of the date, she responded, “Mrs. Simona wouldn’t have given you permission to take me, as it is a Sabbath day.” Her mother responded that she had just gotten off the phone with Mrs. Simona and had indeed received permission for that specific day. There was a pause and a deep breath. Then Mioara replied, “Even if Mrs. Simona did give you permission to take us shopping on that day, I will not go. It is my Sabbath.”

There are times when working with children can be challenging, and we wonder if we are making a difference. We pray this story will reassure our ICC family of staff and supporters that our children are listening, processing and making decisions for themselves on how they will posture themselves toward Christianity. Thank you, Lord, for this victory in Mioara’s life!

And what of the shopping trip? Mioara’s mother changed the outing to the following day—Sunday.

Thanks for reading!

Lori Manley
ICC Social Worker

ICC Romania Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Twenty years seems like a long time for many things any more. Reaching such a milestone is always a cause for celebration and reflection upon the events that have transpired over those intervening years. For twenty years now ICC has been working in Romania ever since Alcyon Fleck first initiated ICC’s presence in Eastern Europe in 1991.

ICC Romania's staff, children, and attendees of the 20th anniversary celebration pose for a group picture

ICC Romania's staff, children, and attendees of the 20th anniversary celebration gather for a group picture.

Originally ICC’s work involved providing support for a thousand poor and indigent families in the city of Bucharest. In 1998 we were able to establish our children’s village with the acquisition of a former communist cooperative farm where the first renovated building becoming our receiving center.

In 2003 we opened our first children’s home. Since then we’ve added two more children’s homes, administrative offices and housing, a guest house for volunteer groups, greenhouses and we are nearly finished with our on-campus commercial bakery.

Gabriela Necula, [left] ICC Romania's development director, presents three of ICC Romania's original children to those attending the 20th anniversary celebration.

Gabriela Necula, (left) ICC Romania's development director, presents three of ICC Romania's original children to those attending the 20th anniversary celebration.

On October 16, 2011, ICC Romania held a celebration to mark the first twenty years of ICC’s work with the Romanian people. Representatives from ICC’s home and European offices attended the celebration along with all those who are currently serving and many who have served locally with ICC Romania.

Lambro Triantos, ICC’s regional director for Europe, reported to us that the afternoon event went very well despite having to move the celebration indoors due to advancing inclement weather. Lambro also told us that the program included several speakers and presentations and that the best part of the day was when ICC’s children’s choir sang several beautiful songs.

ICC Romania's children's choir sings at ICC Romania's 20th anniversary celebration

ICC Romania's children's choir sings at ICC Romania's 20th anniversary celebration.

Thanks to all of you who are supporting and who have supported ICC and ICC’s Romanian project for these past twenty years. It is because of you that the children and families of ICC Romania have a home where they can live the life they truly deserve.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

ICC Children Experience Academic Success

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Though school terms in many parts of the world are about ready to start again, we have received a report that eight of our children in Romania where recognized for school achievement in the previous term. One of our girls was first in her class.

It is wonderful to see these children excel. Teachers at the school were asked to characterize ICC’s children who received awards. Here are some of the words or phrases used:

Talented in the arts,
Communicative,
Conscientious,
Curious,
Ambitious,
Honest,
Intelligent,
Sensitive,
Altruistic,
Affectionate,
Respect for teachers,
Get involved in school activities with pleasure,
Where needed, are responsive with a rich imagination.

This is a wonderful tribute, not only to the school and what they are doing for ICC’s children, but also to the dedicated care ICC staff provide to our children in Romania.

One other piece of exciting news is that three of our boys have been accepted into the Adventist High School in Bucharest. These will be ICC Romania’s first high school students. It was quite an accomplishment for each of these boys to be accepted, because they not only had to have good grades from their previous school, but they also had to pass an exam based upon their knowledge of the Bible.

Thank you to all who have believed in and have invested in the development of our ICC children.

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

Another Shipment of Supplies for Romania

Friday, May 20th, 2011

IKN (ICC Netherlands) has sent another transport this week to Romania. Every year they send two full trucks with relief goods to the ICC Romania children’s village. This time the truck was filled with items like paint, 43 new children bicycles, adult and children’s clothing, CAT work clothing, and two big water tanks for catching rain water.

Paint for Romania

The paint recently shipped to ICC's Romanian project

Rain water collection tanks for ICC's Romanian project.

The rain water collection tanks for ICC's Romanian project.

Also included was roofing material. The ICC Romania Children’s village has a “lighthouse project” that provides assistance in the surrounding village. Around 40% of the people of this village live in extreme poverty. The roofing material will be used to put new roofs on 10 homes. This will be done this summer by a group of ADRA Netherlands volunteers.

Loading the roofing materials onto the truck hauling the shipment of supplies to ICC's project in Romania.

Loading the roofing materials onto the truck

Thanks for reading!

Lambro Triantos
Director IKN/ICC Netherlands

IKN on the Road

Friday, April 1st, 2011

On Monday, the 28th of March, Dimitri and Lambro Triantos (from IKN or ICC the Netherlands) visited some companies. There are many companies who donate products which IKN sends to the ICC Children’s Villages.

Here is an overview of their visit on that day:

At 10:00 a.m. Dimitri and Lambro Triantos visited Enza Zaden in Enkhuizen. The company donated over 350 containers for planting seeds. These containers will be distributed later this year to the ICC Children’s Villages in Romania and the Dominican Republic.

Dimitiri Triantos collects seeds trays for our Romanian children's village

The seed trays donated for ICC Romania by Enza Zaden

At 11:30 a.m. Dimitri and Lambro visited the company N.A.G. in Westknollendam. Robin Visser, director of the company, which specializes in gutter systems, decided a few weeks ago to support the bakery in Romania by supplying roof gutters for the bakery. His father, Herman Visser, and a colleague will travel to Romania this summer to install the roof gutters themselves.

Dimitri and Lambro got a tour through the company and were introduced to an ingenious system called Roof Alerts. Anyone who is interested in roofs, should go to http://www.roofalerts.com.

Robin Visser, Dimitri Triantos and Visser tour the Roof Alerts plant

Robin Visser (left) and Herman Visser (right) of N.A.G. give Dimitri Triantos (center) a tour of the N.A.G. plant where the roof gutters for ICC Romania are being made

Rehamij in Bergambacht was the final stop for the day. Dimitri and Lambro arrived there at 2:30 p.m. They were received by Jason van Rijen. The company specializes in selling work clothes. IKN received a number of boxes with CAT clothing. The clothing will be used for mission trip volunteers and the team of ICC Romania.

CAT Diesel Clothing for ICC Romania

Jason van Rijen of Rehamij shows off one piece of the CAT clothing that was donated to ICC Romania

Jason van Rijen of Rehamij and Lambro Triantos

Lambro Triantos thanks Jason van Rijen (left) of Rehamij for the CAT clothing donated by Rehamij for ICC Romania

Thanks for reading!
Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

House Parents – Difference Makers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

It should be obvious; however, it bears mentioning. Effective, loving house parents are critical in making the mission of ICC successful. ICC’s Director of Children’s Services, Sharon Fleck, recently saw this in action when she visited ICC’s project in Romania. For a variety of reasons, it has been a challenge to find and keep house parents at that particular project. When house parents have left in the past, social aunts have had to help fill the void.  Though the children receive good care from the aunts, a special bond takes place when the children have consistent care and  nurture from loving house parents.

House parents from House Three of ICC's Romanian children's village

The house parents from House Three of ICC's Romanian children's village

We are very thankful that the homes at ICC Romania all have quality house parents now.  The children are happy, and it is evident that they truly enjoy spending time with their house parents. One little boy especially finds great joy in doing sweet things for his house mom.

To all house parents in the ICC family we offer our heartfelt appreciation for all you do to care for “His Kids.”

Thanks for reading!

Kent Greve
International Development Director ICC

Supplies for ICC Romania

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

On November the 17th the IKN team and seven volunteers filled a big truck for our children’s village in Romania. During the past few weeks some schools, individuals and companies donated gifts-in-kind for our Romanian campus. IKN received food, school supplies, clothes, toys, building materials and many more items. The largest part of the shipment will be for ICC’s children’s village in Romania. The remaining part (225 boxes for families and 450 boxes for children) will be for the local people of the village near our campus.

IKN staffers and volunteers next the truck they loaded for ICC Romania.

IKN staffers and volunteers with the truck they loaded for ICC Romania.

On the 30th of November ICC Romania will go to the nearby village to give away the family boxes and children’s boxes. The family boxes are filled with all kinds of food and candles and will be donated to 225 families, who need it the most. The children’s boxes contain school supplies, toys and candy for the 450 pupils of the local elementary school.

Interior of the truck loaded by IKN staffers and volunteers with supplies for ICC Romania.

Some of the supplies loaded by IKN staffers and volunteers for shipment to ICC Romania.

A special thanks to TCG East and South BV who sponsored this transport.

Thanks for reading!

Lambro Triantos
Director IKN

Romania Bakery Update

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This winter has been particularly harsh in Romania.  However, with the change of the season and warmer weather just ahead, plans are underway to make significant progress in preparing the building for the bakery industry at our children’s village. 

Outside of Bakery Building

The work needed to remodel the building is broken into phases:

  1. Phase 1 – Install the electrical, plumbing and heating systems.  Install the ceiling.
  2. Phase 2 – Plaster the walls and pour the sub floor
  3. Phase 3 – Install the septic system, finish the roof, install doors and paint
  4. Phase 4 – Install the finished flooring

Three mission groups are planning to travel to Romania this summer, bringing much  needed funds and volunteer labor.  ICC Iceland has organized a trip for late May.  In July, two groups from the Netherlands will volunteer at the project.  One of the groups is being organized by the Netherlands ADRA office and the other by ICC Netherlands. 

At this time, there should be sufficient funds raised or already in hand to complete phases 1 and 2 along with part of phase 3.  Additional funds and volunteer labor are needed to complete the remodeling.  In addition, funds or gifts-in-kind donations are needed for the industrial equipment needed to operate this industry. 

Inside of Bakery

Once operational, it is expected that the bakery will generate profits that will go toward the operating needs of the children’s village.  It will also provide a resource for the older children to learn valuable work skills.

If you’d like to get involved with this project through donating funds or technical skill, please contact ICC at 800-422-7729.