We are a christian charity helping to alleviate the suffering of disadvantaged children and adults in Romania
Charity No. 327245
Latest News – First children arrive at Home : Ukrainian refugee crisis
By providing time, skills, knowledge and resources to those who have less.
By working together and alongside individuals, teams, charities and organisations.
By creating lasting and sustainable changes in communities and lives.
Sadly, through neglect, there are many disabled children and adults in Romania experiencing severe and heart-breaking difficulties in their lives.
Belief in Action is a real force for change, delivering resources and support for sustainable community-based projects to alleviate their poverty and suffering.
Working for over 40 years in and around Romania, we have built strong relationships and work along side men and women of faith, helping children, the disabled and elderly, and their communities, to bring about a lasting change.
In areas of acute poverty there are two amazing projects we are really excited about, conceived by partners who inspire us and who work tirelessly to show Jesus’ love for those in their communities who are marginalised, poor, orphaned, or sick in mind and spirit.
Hope without Limits in Sacele – operating from the new Mission House, Pastor Otto Kiss has a real heart for children, teenagers, the disabled and disadvantaged. He has an inspiring vision to build a centre in the heart of his community to provide a safe haven and meeting place for able-bodied and disabled people. A local businessman has donated some land. There are plans to develop a micro farm and be self-sufficient, whilst engaging people with disabilities in paid or volunteer work.
Associata Teleios in Reghin – Pastor Attila Toth’s vision to serve his local, impoverished community has resulted in increased church members and a wide range of social action projects. He pastors 6 churches, manages a farm, a horticultural enterprise, a home for unwanted babies, an educational programme for gypsy children, a refuge for ‘at risk’ girls and a multipurpose building from which income is generated through the sale of vegetables and second hand goods with an aim for self-sufficiency.
Ukrainian Refugee Crisis
We have several initiatives to help our partners, who are fully engaged in helping the refugees. Pastor Ottó Kis and his team are supporting increasing numbers who are making their way to the Săcele area of Romania. They are often arriving straight from the border with no clear plan for their future and usually with few belongings or financial resource. Please reference any giving “Ukraine’
One initiative is for people to commit to ‘hosting’ a family in Romania – many refugees cannot or do not wish to travel further but have a need for support and care. By committing to host them in Romania it will relieve the financial burden on our partners. Please reference any giving ‘Hosting’
If you would like to contribute to supporting refugees fleeing into Romania, or contribute to the cost of aid lorries, that would be hugely appreciated. The last lorry cost nearly £4,000 due to the massive increase in the price of diesel. Please reference any giving ‘Lorries’.
What we do
We deliver resources, and share skills and knowledge to increasingly sustainable projects run by trusted contacts, local churches and charities who are working in their own communities to break the cycle of poverty, alleviate suffering and engender a positive attitude towards disability.
We facilitate a disability aid loan scheme, collecting equipment destined for landfill in the UK and transporting it to a local charity, Hope without Limits in Romania for distribution. More and more people are being helped and enabled to live more fulfilling lives.
We facilitate groups of healthcare professionals and other volunteers on trips to assist those with a disability, provide assessment of individuals and education and training in disability awareness for the volunteer workforce of Hope without Limits.
Supporting and Helping the Disabled
Sadly in much of Romania there is still a stigma attached to those who have a disability, especially in the villages and rural areas. They face inequality and discrimination in almost every aspect of their lives. We believe that disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else. With a failing healthcare system and little spare money, the situation has improved little over the years. The needs for basic healthcare, health education, therapy and medical care is huge.
Working with Hope without Limits
Otto Kis (Hope without Limits) in Sacele
Otto is a pastor with a real heart for the disabled and disadvantaged. He visited door to door in the villages to find those who were suffering from a disability; if he saw them in the street he would stop and chat, later visiting their homes to offer practical help like chopping wood and shopping. He found, sadly, that many in Sacele were lonely, struggling and feeling abandoned.
Touched by the plight of so many, Otto has started a number of initiatives – a support group and holistic day centre sessions twice a week for children and adults. Isolation is a real problem and these provide a social outlet for chatting, group activities, spiritual help, with a meal together. A much needed time of real friendship and respite. Otto’s ministry has developed over the past few years and now he is working closely with other pastors and organisations in the community to help those in the villages nearby. They are reaching ever-increasing numbers of people with disabilities who need help and assistance.
Supplying much needed disability aid equipment
There is a great need for this due to the scarcity of walking frames and other disability equipment. This scheme was set up to help the disabled improve their mobility and encourage them to become more independent and is now flourishing and changing lives. Word is spreading and people are travelling from long distances to obtain equipment. Peter Iuga, a carpenter, previously worked as a translator and distributor of aid before joining us to run this scheme; he is assisted by his wife Ramona (a social worker). Together they had run a group for people with special needs so they were ideal to help us. They have been to the UK for training for adjustment and repair of the equipment and are doing a fantastic job for us.
Therapists/Volunteer trips to Romania
Groups of therapists and volunteers visit Otto Kis and the Hope without Limits team in Sacele to facilitate and provide advice, support and specialist training to the network of community leaders, pastors and organisations we work with, or to just help out!. The therapists also visit individual homes and institutions to increase awareness of aid and equipment, assessing various needs, advising about mobility and accessibility to buildings, and teaching some basic physiotherapy which would enable a better quality of life. Hugely successful and appreciated.
“I went to Sacele pre-pandemic for a week. With very few resources or infrastructure the service provision is incredible. The dedication of the Hope volunteers, and the maximising and organisation of resources is humbling. Carers, families and clients themselves receive a fantastically high level of support, care, information and love. The clients are treated as though they are family, with nothing being too much trouble to organise. There is a real ‘can do’ attitude, with the question being asked ‘Why not?'” Donna Bayliss, Head of ESD and Neuro, Wiltshire Health and Care
Working with Associata Telios in Reghin
Dealing with poverty among the gypsies has always been a significant need. There is a constant need to look for ways to help the people in their desire to better provide the basic needs for their families. Education is a big part of the work in this area. It is the hope that in providing opportunities to learn, the people will be equipped to provide for themselves over a longer period of time.
We believe we are all created in the image of God and believe in every child and adult’s potential, no matter what their disability or ethnicity, and that they are loved and valued by God and should have the same opportunities as everyone else.
To do this we:
Support Attila Toth (Reghin Area)
Attila Toth’s team have been working with some local teachers for the past four years in After Schools Clubs in the villages. The aim of this club is to better prepare the children in the local school for further study in High School.
In addition to providing a hot meal and instruction each day, the team has worked hard to make attendance a priority, using special weekly and monthly incentives. These incentives have also been tied to behaviour that is expected or productive citizens.
Some special classes are also held for adults with a desire to learn to read and write in Romanian.
The kindergartens are also working towards this goal of supporting education of the gypsy children in the community. Alongside the daily club meetings, Zozo Kalányos is working to help the young people of his community through a mentoring program. His desire is to see the youth follow in his footsteps of completing school and going on to find a steady job.
Educational support for gypsy children with disabilities (Sacele Area)
Because of culture and inter-marriage, there are many children with disabilities which prevents them from attending school. Many are left to vegetate at home, often with no supervision. Help with this is desperately needed.
Ukrainian Refugee Crisis (May)
Belief in Action has been sending relief supplies to Romania for over 4 decades. This has primarily been to support our partners working amongst disadvantaged people; disadvantaged by ethnicity, disability, poverty and belief.
Supporting our partners who are fully engaged helping with the Ukrainian refugee crisis, we are increasing the frequency of shipments and have just sent our fourth lorry this year. We plan to send more loads of medical equipment and aid shortly,
If you would like to contribute to supporting refugees fleeing into Romania, or contribute to the cost of the lorry, that would be hugely appreciated. The last lorry cost £3,815 and the next one will be over £4,000 due to the massive increase in the price of diesel.
Food and aid sent into Ukraine (May)
First children arrive in Children's Home (April)
REGHIN: At long last Attila has had the joy of welcoming the first into the Children’s Home. A boy, Ciprian (10 years old) and Maria (7 years old) who are brother and sister. They have been in the care of the local authority since being found abandoned a few weeks ago.
Reghin: The New Life Children’s Home now has four rescued children between the ages of 7 and 12. Ciprian (10) and Maria (7) who are brother and sister have been joined by Susana (9) and Alex (12).
Their stories of abuse, neglect and abandonment touch our hearts and we are praying they find peace, love in their new home. With so many children living in these circumstances we know that it won’t be long before the Home is full.
New hope in Sacele (Feb)
In the large gypsy village (Garcini) just outside Sacele, the roads are poor, most buildings are unfinished, houses have no running water or heating. Families wash clothes and dishes outside, and they heat the house with a stove. Generational poverty brings hopelessness and despair. Without hope and the belief that life can be better, the motivation and energy needed to break the cycle are very low.
Acutely aware of the problems faced by the 10,000 Roma who live there, Pastor Otto Kis is building a safe place for Roma children where they can come and learn basic life skills and hear that they are loved and wanted by Jesus.
In Europe today millions of gypsies (Roma) live in isolated slums, often without any electricity or running water, and struggle to get the health care they need. Many live with the daily threat of forced evictions, police harassment and violent attack. Romani children also often suffer segregation in schools and receive a lower standard of education. Roma have more health problems, worse housing and lower literacy levels. On average, they also earn less and are more likely to be unemployed. Without good jobs, they can’t afford proper housing, good health care, or a quality education for their children.
This situation is not the inevitable result of poverty. It’s because of centuries of prejudice and discrimination from governments, institutions and individuals. Together, they have pushed the great majority of Roma to the margins of society – and kept them there.
Micro Farm Update (Jan)
One of the biggest problems facing rural families living in remote villages is getting regular work to feed their families and provide other essentials. For centuries the gypsies have been a marginalised cultural group, separated by lack of education, extreme poverty, prejudice and discrimination.
Our partner, Pastor Attila Toth (Reghin), who works with the gypsies, is developing a micro farm in the small village of Glodeni to provide food, labour and income for families in the village.
The farm continues to expand with 3 industrial size and 2 sunken poly tunnels (which produce vegetables all year round), 42 pigs, a shepherd’s hut, and 8 chicken coops.
The tractor sent out at the end of last year is going well and they have planted maize and alfalfa (a plant grown for superior livestock feed).
With Spring not far away, it is becoming a matter or urgency to find someone to look after the poly tunnels. In 2020 Attila had a short term volunteer who managed these very efficiently but he has returned home.
Our UK partner Jon Williams and his Graft4Growth teams have been a huge help in the development of the farm, building the poly tunnels and supporting financially.
Sorin's story - Hope in tragedy! (Aug)
Following a serious car crash in 2014, Sorin was rushed to hospital in a bad way with a spinal injury. Initially, the doctors were not optimistic about his chances of survival, and the accident left him with life changing injuries and facing life in a wheelchair. To make matters worse, the Romanian care system is not geared up to help people with catastrophic injuries adapt to life and he was discharged.
Through an acquaintance, Sorin learned of our Disability Aids Loan Scheme in Sacele. He says “I got in touch straight away with the Hope [without Limits] team, as I had been brought from hospital and left with no assistance at home; I needed a bed, a wheelchair, and a table.”
The first major challenge was getting used to a body that didn’t work the way it used to and learning how to use the wheelchair and other aids to increase his independence in everyday activities. “I found the Hope team helpful and we understand each other very well. If they weren’t around, I don’t think I would have got over the trauma”.
Now living a full and active life, Sorin knows the day-to-day struggles facing people with disabilities in Romania. He wants to help other people, particularly in his own city, to be able to live with dignity. “With God’s help I fight for the rights of people with disabilities, I am a member of the Romanian national wheelchair handball team, and I have a beautiful relationship with a special girl and we hope to get married in the future.”
He added “I am currently working on a project in which I want to create jobs for people with disabilities.” With his friend Florin (a physio), he has set up gym to help folk with disabilities, which is a great resource for the Hope team with the disabled children and adults.
We recently sent Sorin a FreeWheel attachment for his wheelchair as they are difficult and expensive to get in Romania. This will help him traverse grass fields and snowy paths, enjoy hiking trails and get down bumpy curbs so he won’t miss any fun with his family, or worry if he’s going to come flying out of his wheelchair. You will have seen these in operation in the Paralympic Games, flying along in races.
Learning to live with these injuries and become independent has not been easy for Sorin – his family’s and the Hope team’s support over the years has been a lifeline.
Vision for the Hope Centre Update (June)
For many years Otto Kis has had the plight of the disabled living in his community on his heart. In Romania, many buildings, including churches, are inaccessible to the disabled leaving them isolated.
As you know, it’s been his God-given vision to build a multi-functional, all-inclusive church centre (Hope Centre) in the heart of the community where those who are neglected by society can be loved, cared for and given a better quality of life. This project is now a step closer. A group of stakeholders from Romania met with us last year on a whirlwind two-day tour visiting inspirational Christian organisations who have already developed similar centres in the UK.
Following this visit, we have been co-ordinating efforts to move this plan forward and Otto and team have discussed initial ideas and plans for the land that has been donated and, during the lockdown, we have been doing some serious and very necessary planning. We have also commissioned a short film to explain the initial vision.
This centre will provide a meeting place for day care, therapeutic intervention, community church and spiritual care, community nursing services, and a focus for visiting groups to run health care clinics. It could provide a training centre – for carers, the Hope without Limits team, interested young people and a possible placement for final year therapy students. It would also be wonderful for the centre to also provide respite beds to relieve carers.
The centre would also house the Disability Equipment Loan Scheme and provide a direct link when children and people are assessed. They can be blessed with drinks, cake and a raised toilet seat! The warehouse we use at the moment is rented and not easily accessible by the public.
The plan is also to develop the land for self-sufficiency and grow social enterprises or small businesses to help off-set the running costs for such a venture.
Humanitarian and Emergency Response
There are many families living well below the poverty line; the elderly struggle to exist as they have very small pensions and therefore need help. Many gypsies have large families with mothers who have a limited understanding of child care, cooking, hygiene, struggling to exist on meagre incomes. With our partners in Sacele and Reghin, we help to support families in dire need and the elderly who need help to buy food and medicines.
Baby Boxes, filled with everything for a new baby, are made up in the UK and delivered to our partners in Romania. Because of poverty many young mothers are unable to provide for their new born babies.
In Romania, through neglect, there are many disabled children and adults experiencing severe difficulties in their lives.
We believe in a world where they should be able to break through injustice, deprivation and inequality to fulfil their potential, shape their own destiny and live rich, productive lives and where they:
• Have equal rights • Have enough money for a decent, secure life • Have access to healthcare and social care • Have the opportunity to live healthier lives • Live in homes that are safe and comfortable
Our aim is that all of our work in Romania is sustainable and our partners there would like to become more self-sufficient. Honey for Hope is a step towards this.
We are sent delicious, organic, honey from the pristine meadow fields of Transylvania by Lajos’s father-in-law, a master bee keeper. This is jarred, labelled and sold to raise money here in the UK.
As volunteers, working with charities, churches and partner organisations both in the UK and Romania, we ensure that help and proceeds go directly to improve the lives of individuals.
Honey for Hope aims to provide help and support to people with disabilities in Romania and the money raised will help resource the disability equipment loan scheme, train local volunteers and facilitate regular occupational therapy and physiotherapy visits.