Orphanage Programs

Anchor of Hope works with children in state-run placement centers (orphanages) with children between the ages of 3 months to 18 years. 

YOUNG CHILDREN

We provide programs for young children who are placed in the orphanage system. Many of these children are abandoned at birth, whereas many of them are brought to us by the police because they were found on the street or because their home situation was very bad or abusive. The children are between the ages of three months and eight years old. We build relationships with them by teaching them about the love of Christ, educational games and songs, and spending time with them. 





OLDER CHILDREN 


Anchor of Hope also provides programs for children ages seven to eighteen who are in the orphanage system. We provide programs such as english classes, youth group, girls club, educational classes (art, history, etc) as well as special activities for holidays and summer. 



OLDER GIRLS 

Romania is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to trafficking in persons, specifically conditions of forced labor and women and children in forced prostitution. Women and children from Romania are victims of forced prostitution in Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Greece, Germany, Cyprus, Austria, and France.The main railway station in Bucharest is a main area for children in prostitution. Romanian police are increasingly arresting foreign pedophiles. Homeless children in Romania have increasingly been trafficked under false pretenses and forced into prostitution in Berlin and Hamburg, Germany and Amsterdam, Holland.


The 2,000 homeless children in Bucharest are easy prey for child prostitution tourists. (BBC News Report 2008) Approximately 50 pedophiles, from Germany, France and Great Britain, posing as tourists or businessmen rent apartments where they abuse children after bribing or coercing them.There are 30,000 women in Romania declared to be missing who are pressumed to be victims of human trafficking, as international police reported.One report stated that children comprise half or fifty percent (50%) of human trafficking target. And they become victims as early as 12 to 14 years old and they are most likely to get exposed to sexual exploitation. Children who have been abused or who have lived in orphanages (institutions) are at high risk for trafficking. This is one reason Romania is a country targeted for trafficking. 

Because of these statistics and seeing first hand some of our girls from the orphanage "disappear", Anchor of Hope focuses on girls in the state run institutions. We provide classes for the girls, warning them about trafficking and explaining how these men will try to persuade them. We teach them that they have value and worth and that the Lord has a plan for them- which is not prostitution or being sold into trafficking. One reason many of these girls choose to go into prostitution or take "jobs" in other countries is because they see that they have no future here in Romania. They will tell you that they will never get jobs- just because they have grown up in the orphanage system- and because of this, many of them do not finnish high school. We provide educational programs, helping and encouraging them to stay in school and helping them make goals for their lives. In the "girls club" they are able to make hand made things, talk freely about girly things and build relationships with each other and the Anchor of Hope staff- building their self- esteem.