Mission Opportunities and Facts
Types of Opportunities
Short Term Mission Trip: 2 Weeks – 3 Weeks
Spring, Summer Fall
longer Stays with Approval from Board
Presently Romania / USA/Spain/Russia
W.O.N. is Affiliated with a Baptist Group , but Anyone can Participate.
None: As Long as Our Rules and Regulations Are Complied With.
None: Translators Are Provided for Short Term
Long Term would Need to be Familiar with Romanian Language.
(Many Romanians speak some English)
Cost, Funding, and Fees
Team Members and Volunteers Cover All Cost.
Ways to Minister
Building Projects at the camp
Maintence and Repairs
Enviornmental Cleaning: Grounds and Rivers
Educational Projects: English camps or small group classes, Computer Training, Enviromental ,etc.
Bible Studies / Discipleship
Vacational Bible School and Camps
Medical and Dental: Clinics, Visual Exams, First Aid, CPR Classes, etc.
Sports Training and Activities
Facts about Romanian’s Orphans
The population of Romania is 24 million. There is a crisis with thousands of abandoned children in Romania. Under communist rule this was kept secret. Being homeless at that time was illegal and children were forcibly confined to ill-equipped state orphanages. A Romanian will tell you that he or she knew nothing about the squalid, teeming orphanages of the Ceausescu regime. Conditions were hidden and the public kept ignorant .Those who knew were too afraid to complain for fear of being imprisoned and having their children be forced to live in the same conditions. Nicolae Ceausescu sought to control all aspects of the people’s lives. Among his worst public order was the requirement that women have 5 children by age 45 before they could become eligible for birth control. Now abortion has been legalized and Romania has the highest abortion rate in Europe with 1. 2million abortions recorded annually compared to 500,000 live births.
In 2001, under pressure from the European Union, Romania declared a moratorium on international adoptions, and then in 2004 a new law was enacted to ban all international adoptions.
According to recent reports from the Ministry of Health overcrowding in orphanages is again rising rapidly since the ban on adoptions has been put in place.
The Ministry of Health in Romania reports that last year 1,888 babies were abandoned at maternity hospitals by mothers too poor to care for them.
UNICEF cited statistics that 9,000 children each year are abandoned in Romania’s maternity wards or pediatric hospitals, 66 percent of them minority Roma children.
‘Each year, 1000 children are adopted domestically while 8,000 children in Romania are being sentenced to a life without knowing family or a parent’s love” according to Christopher Smith Co-chairman United States Helsinki Commission.
“Romania’s Forgotten Children” by Ruth SoRelle
Romanian Adoption Policy Examined as Human Rights Issue -US State Government Archives
Orphanages are no longer common in the European community, and Romania in particular has struggled to reduce the visibility of its children’s institutions to meet conditions of its entry into the European Union
In early 2011 two British charities ‘Hope and Homes for Children and ARK launched a plan to complete the reform of the Romanian Child Protection Systems and close all large children’s home in Romania by 2020.
The Romanian government says after an investigation by the reporter Chris Rogers of the orphanages November 2006. “The child protection system is reformed and it possible for local authorities to prevent abandonment and protect all children in need, by appropriate placement in substitute families. The investigation makes clear that some county authorities are not implementing the child right legislation”.  When Chris Rogers came back to Romania in December 2009 and reopened a new investigation it revealed still significant hardship for orphans. And they sent the complaint to the Government. The Government’s response: “The problems highlighted are not representative of the care system” adding… “Romania has constantly paid attention in the field of disability and has assumed responsibility to ensure the most appropriate frame in order to meet human rights in this domain”.
Romania has the highest number in Europe of orphaned children.
Reference: Wikimedia Foundation