Impact Romania is the name given to the partnership between International Teams of Canada and our Romanian foundation, Pas Cu Pas. Our program focuses on institutionalized Romanian orphans and young adult orphans now living independently in northwest Romania.
Our mission is to value, disciple and develop Romanian orphans to grow in character and influence in their world.
Our first team was sent to Romania in 2001 through the ministry of Muskoka Woods Camp where Rhondi Fowler, Gail Black and Bob Fukumoto worked. The project gained momentum and Bob left Muskoka Woods to partner with Dina (Nechita) Todeasa in 2005. Originally the scope of ministry included orphans, special needs children, elderly care, prison visits, and the homeless but shortly after the “mission” began to focus on orphans. Over the years our community grew to include 10 staff and up to 35 Romanian volunteers.
Changes continued to happen as we learned more each year about what it meant to help orphans in a deeper and more impactful way. Orphans lives have been devastated by abuse and abandonment and they are left with neither hope nor direction in life. Our mandate continues to be to both “disciple AND develop” orphans so that they can relate to God in a deeper way but also develop life and career skills. All in the context of an environment focused on family, honesty, and friendship.
Our most recent “change” happened in 2018 when we purchased what we call the “Family Farm” which is about 6 acres of fertile land just 45 minutes from our offices in the city of Cluj-Napoca. Our tagline for this new endeavor is to “come experience God, experience family, and experience work”. We are very excited about this newest change in the “landscape” of our ministry to Romanian orphans but there are also many challenges as well. The mission has become more complicated and the work is multi-faceted and we are still learning what it means to truly help people and especially orphans.
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- Please visit our International Teams page to find out more about what we do or how to get involved.
- To find out what’s been going on in Romania check out the “Pas Cu Pas” website.
- Make a donation to Impact Romania.
Impact Romania is a program of International Teams Canada
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Ontario, Canada N3B 3J9
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