Summer has gone,
with it also the holidays. After all the busyness of the summer
Mission Trips, and our summer vacation finished, we are now back into
our regular activities, even though it is fair to say, we are never
really far away from them.
With the school
starting means we go and see many of the families that will need
support for their children to go to school. But not only that – there
are so many waiting for us to go with the food packages, to give them
the medicine they need, to discuss and advise them about their
issues... Yeah, we could say we’re back on track after some days off.
Once the summer
Mission Trip season was finished, many of the staff at Smiles had some
days off, took a well deserved holiday, to spend time with family and
friends and to relax a bit. But as always, the holiday goes very fast!
We are now back at work and ready to start a new season, when the
assessment and progress is again our main focus. So many new families
are on the waiting list and we need to see what we can do for them – a
countless number and variety of issues that would all need attention
and some intervention.
The routine of taking
the mission trip guests on family visits or in any other project
through the summer gives us less time for the proper assessment needed
among our beneficiaries. While some of the people we work with will
always be in need and we’ll always have to do something for them,
others are in a better position after a while and they could go on
without our help. We’d like to see that this is the case with more,
but we’re happy for each one of them. These families or individual
people are grateful for the help Smiles provides for a longer or a
shorter time and they are ready to continue their lives on their own
feet from the stabilising help we have provided.
I called September the
"Golden month" not only because everything turns gold coloured (the
maize fields are all golden brown and they will soon be turned into
valuable money, the forests turn golden and enrich our souls through
beautiful images) but also because one of the most relevant aspects is
once again of a prime importance – education! The month of
September brings with it the start of the new school year, which will
really give a chance for a better life to many of the children that we
support in the families.
I am particularly
excited about the fact that three new
children from Salard are starting the
first grade in their local school! They are
Marti, Shony and
all from the families we’ve been working with these past few years. I
encouraged them and their families, into being committed and serious
about school, and we’ll be there for them to help and to advise too.
So hopefully, this
will help them in the long term, for their personal development and
greater opportunities in the future. Some older children will also
come to school in Oradea, in the "second chance" school. You know
she will continue with her second year in this school, but there is
another boy (her step brother) who’d like to join her and maybe even a
third one, an older boy, who seems to be very determined. We’ll see if
he’s serious about it. But they start a bit later than the regular
school, so October 1st is their first day and we hope and
pray they will settle in a make a success of the opportunity.
I’d like to say
thank you for the great support you all give, one way or another, to
Smiles Projects! Of course, it is not only Salard, but Tileagd, Gepiu,
Family Care, Homeless and many others all the staff here at Smiles are
trying to reach out to people, to motivate and encourage them, to help
them look ahead with hope and confidence, because their future can be
great, through education!
God makes all things
possible if we believe and I’m sure we’ll see great results.
High-school kids are proof of that and we believe that success is
possible also for many others! God bless and keep in touch with us! As
always, I will reply to your emails and I’ll be happy to communicate
with you any of the latest news!