It was April, 2008 when Raul, only three years old at the time, and his three brothers, Alin, Marian and Alexandru first came through the gates of our orphanage.
Before us stood 4 timid children, their faces scorched by the sun, dressed without any forethought, carrying the sadness of past experiences and the worry of what is to come on their demeanor. Their grandfather, fighting off tears, said, "If I were healthy and had the means, I would've raised them myself." He then went on to tell us that the family might have had a chance to stay together if the parents were more responsible. The mother abandoned them and left them with their father, who was a violent man.
The local pastor noticed the total lack of care and basic education, and sought out the assistance of Hand of Help, seeking refuge for these children.
Years have gone by and the love through which these children have been shaped and cared for, is visible with every interaction.
The father tried to make strides to reestablish a relationship with the children, but he was far from being apt to take on the task of fathering them. Moreover, after being diagnosed with cancer, his poor health prevented him even more from being able to have his children with him.
Raul’s father died in 2015. All four brothers were together when our staff shared the terrible news with them. It took a while for them to adjust to the new reality, but with the help of our social workers and counselors, we were able to see constant improvements. We thank our God for how He worked and continues to work in their lives.
Raul is still close to his grandparents and visits them when he is off from school.
Thank you for making stories like Raul’s possible. We are grateful to be able, together with you, to bring hope to the lives of the orphans. Thank you for your faithfulness and for helping us offer a family to those who have no one else in this world able to take care of them.