Ana-Maria A.(born in 2008) and her younger sister, Alexandra Ioana A., joined our family in 2019. After the divorce of their parents, the sisters' life took an unthinkable turn: their father left the house and refused any communication with the girls, while their mother turned to alcohol as a way to cope with her situation and refused to continue raising her daughters. The girls had to suddenly move to their grandparents' house but even this temporary solution failed after the house got flooded. Even though the grandparents tried their best to raise the little girls, they were in a constant struggle because of the lack of necessary finances and inability to offer them a proper environment to grow up in.
After the grandmother passed away, now being faced with caring for the two sisters alone, a task beyond his ability and strength, the grandfather had to ask the Child Protection Agency for their help.
It was the end of 2018 when Hand of Help was called to step in and offer these girls a place to call home. Unfortunately, throughout the years spent with their grandparents, Ana-Maria and Alexandra oftentimes missed school and not only were they in need of special care and attention pertaining to their education, but also emotional support and personal time dedicated to help them cope with all the difficult events they had endured in their lives. With the help of our teachers, they have worked hard in their free time and have been able to recuperate all the information they had missed in school during their absences.
Ana-Maria is a determined young lady, always eager to discover new things. Her strong ambition helped her recuperate the time she missed in school and she is now one of the first in her class. She loves to paint and attends weekly painting and drawing classes with other children from Botosani. She also wanted to be a part of our orchestra and is now learning to play the block flute.
Ana-Maria continues to have a special relationship with her grandfather.
We are grateful that the sisters are in good health and have easily adjusted to their new home. We pray that our God grants them the strength to move forward and that their years at Hand of Help will be a time of building a strong foundation for their lives, one modeled through the love and grace of our Lord.