Bring a family hope

Will you help a Roma family to lift themselves out of poverty?

Sponsor a family

 

A LITTLE ABOUT THE ROMA

Roma refers to many different subgroups of people across Europe. Roma
share a common language, Rromanes, which has a number of dialects.
Historians think the Roma's first ancestors arrived in Europe from
Northern India. From the 9th century they could be found across
the whole of Europe. Traditionally, Roma travelled from place to place,
although the majority are now settled in various countries. In many
regions, Roma were forced into slavery. In the 1930s the Nazis in
Germany saw Roma as "racially inferior" and murdered hundreds of
thousands of them during World War II. After the war, discrimination
continued especially in the Soviet Union. The word "gypsy" is
considered insulting and "Roma" became the accepted global term in
1971 when representatives adopted a flag, anthem and international day (8 April).

Today, two-thirds of Roma people live in central and eastern
Europe, with the largest population in Romania. Millions of Roma live in
slums, often without running water or electricity. They struggle to access
health care. Many live with the daily threat of eviction, police harassment
and violent attacks. Children suffer segregation in schools and receive a
lower standard of education. The Roma situation is not simply the
result of poverty. It has been brought about through centuries of
prejudice and discrimination. Their plight may seem hopeless, but as
Pastor Misho in Ognyanovo village, Bulgaria, says, "Our hope is in Jesus, and we
are bringing that hope to this community."

 

 

 

Sharing the Good News

It is the love of Christ that motivates everything we do – and our family coordinators share their faith with families where there is interest, encourage them to become part of a local church, and disciple family members who want to grow in their faith.

If your family is interested, we will provide Christian literature and invite them to Christmas and Easter celebrations. We also offer our Bible Correspondence Courses to family members to disciple their faith.

How does sponsorship help?

Provision of practical items

We offer one-to-one support and seek to understand what the family needs on its journey to independence. Each family receive a monthly visit including a food and hygiene parcel. Other practical help can include clothing, medical help, furniture, bedding and firewood. The children will be given school supplies, encouraged in their schooling and invited to attend the Mission’s summer camps.

Assistance is provided to families struggling with anything from trauma to unresolved conflict to anxiety. Our local coordinator will walk alongside the family as they navigate the changes they want to make in their life.

 

Journeying to independence

Our goal is to lift the family out of poverty for the long term. We help the parents and other family earners with skills building and training and to find local employment.

Our local coordinator will also help the family increase their income through a project tailored to their needs. Usually in year five of sponsorship, the family receive support to create their own business, or extend their current business, to increase their earning potential.

 

We partner with the local church to bring change across generations with a hope for the future.

You can help lift a family out of poverty for only $45/month 

 
 

Sponsor a family today for $45/month

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families are supported by the Mission. You can help us reach even more families today. Become a family sponsor.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does sponsorship last?

Sponsorship lasts about five years. It can be longer if the family faces increased hardship during the sponsorship due to events such as health issues and natural disasters.

Can I write to my family?

Yes! Sending letters will strengthen the relationship between you and your sponsored family. They treasure each letter as it brings hope and love into their lives.

Can I choose which country I sponsor in?

Yes! We have families available for sponsorship across all six countries we work in. You can sponsor a family in any one of these countries right now.

Am I the only sponsor of this family?

No. We connect four supporters each paying $45/month to one family so we can offer the family the most support available.
 

 

 

What help does my sponsored family receive?

  • Regular visits from a local staff member
  • A monthly food or hygiene parcel
  • School supplies for the children
  • Clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture
  • Guidance and support
  • After five years, a larger gift to help the family generate income such as a motor cultivator
  • The opportunity to hear the good news of Jesus

 

What do I receive as a sponsor?

When you decide to sponsor a family you will receive a pack of information about your family, their community and what sponsorship is about. You can then write letters and send photos to encourage them on their journey. Each year we send an update on how your family is going along with a new photo. We will also send out a newsletter on Family Sponsorship so you can understand better the impact of your donation.

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