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update page, January 2001 - please click here for the original appeal page, on line on 26th May 1999

Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, Romania


Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, RomaniaThere are around 200 street children in Galati, in South East Romania, many of whom come from poor families that cannot give them enough food and clothing. And many more who were raised in orphanages and whose parents have abandoned them.

Betesda is a charitable foundation, working with street children and poor families from Romania and the Republic of Moldova. Over the last 18 months we have been able to help many more children, with 32 kids now in the boys' house and a flat rented for six girls who were formerly living on the streets.

In May 2001 the lease for the flat expires, and we are urgently looking to raise $9000 to allow us to buy and renovate a flat for the girls. Any help towards this would be very much appreciated.

Update, 8th June 2001 - our thanks go to Hans & Erika Kraft from Marburg, Germany, for kindly forwarding the necessary money to buy this flat, so that now it is almost remodeled, repaired and ready to welcome the girls. Thank you so much .....

If you would like to sponsor a child at the "My Family" home on a long-term basis, you will be helping him or her to stay at the home and leave behind the memories of past experiences. The cost to keep each child at the home is $20 per week, to include all related expenses.
To help children of poor families who might otherwise be at risk of becoming street children, i.e. by providing required clothing, shoes, food, and school supplies, costs $20 per month per child.

Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, RomaniaThe new day care centre was finished in December 2000, and now every day 20-30 street children come there, having a warm meal, a shower, school, and clean clothes etc.

Where possible we help the streetchild to return to his family, or to find someone that will take him in - or try to find a place for him at Betesda or another children's home.

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, Romania Four days each week now, we go to the children on the streets - we bring food and play games. We show these children (usually about 20) that we are not ashamed to meet them where they are. Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, Romania

The Foundation is setting up a Micro-Farm project to help us generate financial income to maintain existing and planned projects. Please click here to find out how you can help us.

The Betesda Foundation is also committed to helping the state school in the village of Girgiulesti, Republic of Moldova - we go to Girgiulesti village four times a week and last year 200 children from the school came to our camp, we hope the same numbers will come again this year.

The cost for a child to spend a week at the camp is $20 - they pay $8 but need help for the other $12, maybe there are people who will like to help.

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

We would value your support for our work - the possibilities of helping the
many street children and alleviating the extreme poverty here are very
limited without financial help from others.

We are very committed to our work but we can't do this alone .....

Please e-mail Benu Bulugu at benub@yahoo.com if you can help in any way.

Thank You.

Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, Romania With your help we can make it possible
for street children to find their way back
to a normal family life
Betesda home - help for street children in Galati, Romania

... the longest journey starts with a single step ...

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