Posts Tagged ‘Romania’

Potato Harvest in Romania

Monday, October 21st, 2013

Potatoes are a staple food for our ICC children in Romania. Potatoes are prepared in different ways and the children love them. For a few years now, our ICC partner in the Netherlands has found a company to help supply seed potatoes for our project. These are shipped to Romania along with other needed items for our children and the wider community.

Harvesting Potatoes at International Children’s Care’s Romanian Children’s Village

Harvesting potatoes at ICC’s Romanian children’s village

This past March, 1,200 kg  (2,645 lbs.) of seed potatoes were included in the transport. These were planted in the ICC Romania garden and nurtured through the growing season. When the staff and children harvested the potatoes, the yield was 6,000 kg (over 13,000 lbs). This quantity is enough to feed the children until the next harvest.

Potatoes grown on the ICC Romania Farm

Some of the potatoes that were harvested at the ICC Romania children’s village

What a blessing this arrangement is for our children and staff. They received a donation that quite literally grew bigger as they nurtured and cared for it. This is symbolic of the children themselves. Many of them come to us as small children. Yet, with nurturing love and care, they also grow and develop and mature into talented and energetic young people with the capacity to make a difference in the world.

Thanks ICC Netherlands for organizing this initiative.

Baking Bread In Romania!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

After many years of construction and untold hours of labor from volunteers and local workers the ICC Romania Bakery is now baking bread! As part of the start-up team, ICC sent two volunteers to assist with marketing, accounting and general oversight.

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery established at the ICC Romania Children's Village

A loaf of bread from the first batch of bread to ever be baked in the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

One of those volunteers, Jerry Grecian, called on Wednesday, October 3 to say that the bakery was up and running! They baked 40 loaves of bread the first day. The kids helped to celebrate the start-up. The group who gathered sang songs, prayed and enjoyed the fresh baked bread. Jerry said he never saw bread disappear so quickly.

The baker from the Netherlands who has helped to open the new bakery at ICC's Romanian Children's Village

Theo, The Dutch Baker (on the right) and his colleague, Ben (on the left) with the first batch of bread from the new bakery at the ICC Romania Children's Village.

Other members of the start-up team include Theo, a Dutch baker, and his colleague, Ben. They had arrived Tuesday evening, October 2, and it was rewarding to see that they were already baking bread the next day! Praise the Lord!

Thank-you to all volunteers and donors who have contributed to this industry. We pray that it will be a financial blessing to our ICC family in Romania.

Kent Greve
International Development Director, ICC

Record Cold In Romania Brings Suffering.

Monday, February 13th, 2012

If you’ve seen recent news reports about the extreme winter weather in Europe you understand that the situation for many people is quite grim. It has recently taken a toll on ICC’s project in Romania as well. The campus greenhouse has been extensively damaged as a result of the heavy snowfall.

We don’t have information yet about the extent of the damage and whether or not the structure can be salvaged and repaired. We’ll pass along those details once they are available.

A photo of ICC Romania's greenhouse which collapsed under heavy snowfall in February 2012

ICC Romania's greenhouse which collapsed under record, heavy snowfall. To date, some areas of Romania have received 15 feet of snow.

A photo of the ICC Romania campus covered in snow

Taken on February 6, this photo shows about a foot of snow covering the ICC Romania campus. At the time this blog was posted the snow accumulation had reached three feet. More than 500 people have died in Eastern Europe during this record cold spell that has extended from Russia to England.

On Monday, February 13, Gabriela Costache sent an e-mail regarding the situation in Romania. Here is an excerpt:

The situation here is not good, it is snowing since yesterday and now the snow in the city of Buzau is about 1 meter… [It is] the same in Odobesti and all over the country. And the sad news is that it is going to snow until Thursday. Please, pray for Romania!

I hope God will protect the project. They have all they need and starting with tomorrow the schools are closed. They [the children] will stay home. They have enough bread and flour and yeast in case they cannot buy stuff, because now, with this situation, the food is very expensive.

All the routes are closed in the country and there are many people who died without food or drink.

Last week they changed the government… and during all this time, they didn’t have time for the people. Only this week-end they started to help…

Please pray for ICC’s project in Romania and especially for the children and staff as the struggle against this cold winter storm system.

Thank you,

Kent Greve
Director International Development ICC

The Lights Are Up In Romania

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Recently we were fortunate to be given the opportunity to acquire lighting, at no cost, for the new commercial bakery being built at the ICC Romania Children’s Village. The only catch was that our crew from IKN in The Netherlands had to provide the labor to remove the lights. So über volunteer Dimitri Triantos spent two days extracting the light fixtures.

Once the fluorescent fixtures had been removed IKN shipped them to our Romanian project where they have now been installed into the drop ceiling for the bakery. Thirty-three of these fixtures were sent to and installed in Romania.

One of the lighting fixtures after being installed in the ICC Romania bakery

One of the lighting fixtures after being installed in the ICC Romania bakery

We were informed by our staff in Romania that getting these fixtures without having to purchase them locally created a significant savings in material costs for the construction of the bakery. Typically these types of fixtures cost $120.00 each. That’s $3960.00 our staff in Romania will be able use in other ways to support the children.

One the light fixtures installed with the finished ceiling at the ICC Romania bakery

One the light fixtures installed with the finished ceiling at the ICC Romania bakery

Thanks to IKN and Dimitri for providing the lights for our bakery project at ICC Romania.

Thanks for reading!

Ken Wilson
Media Director ICC

New Commercial Bakery at ICC Romania Project Slated for Summer of 2012 Completion

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Work continues on the bakery at ICC Romania’s children’s village. Currently, a drop ceiling is being installed. Materials for the ceiling were donated by a sponsor in Romania who also gave technical training on its installation.

Photo of new drop ceiling being installed in ICC Romania bakery

New drop ceiling being installed in ICC Romania's new commercial bakery

During the first part of 2012, our Dutch partner office will be raising funds for the equipment and machinery that is needed. If anyone is interested in providing funds for the machines please contact the ICC office at 800-422-7729.

ICC Romania Supports Their Neighbors Through A Lighthouse Program

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

There is a big need in the area where our ICC Romania children’s village is located. In that area live approximately 5000 people 40% of whom live in extreme poverty. ICC Romania finds it important to help where ever they can. In cooperation with ICC Netherlands ICC Romania gave out 250 food packages the first week of December 2011.

Photo of some of the families who received food packages

Some of the families who received food packages

In November 2011, 750 shoe boxes were given away to the pupils of the local elementary schools. ICC Romania works closely with the local government, which contributes to a very good relations with our neighbors.

Photo of some of the kids who received shoe boxes from ICC Netherlands

Some of the kids who received shoe boxes from ICC Netherlands

Another Transport to Romania

Friday, January 20th, 2012

On the 22nd of November another transport was loaded for Romania by the ICC office in the Netherlands. Dutch volunteers loaded a Romanian truck with building materials for the bakery. Items included natural stone, special glue for floor tiles and special lighting fixtures for the ceiling. There were three pallets with food and some clothes, toys and furniture.

A photo of the crew who loaded the truck

The crew who loaded the truck and the truck they loaded

The shipment also contained 750 shoe boxes. Each shoe box was filled with school materials and a gift. ICC Romania will give these boxes to the pupils of the elementary schools in the surroundings of the ICC Children Village. ICC Romania will also distribute 220 family boxes with food for the poorest families in their area.

Over the years ICC has developed a lighthouse program to support the needs in their community.

Lambro Triantos
Director of IKN (ICC Netherlands)

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