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Missions Pillar

Pillar - MissionsMaria
The MISSIONS PILLAR and associated projects are under the leadership of Smiles Director – Maria Cimpoca-Hava.

Working with The Smiles Foundation since 2002, Maria has a heart dedicated to the Smiles ministry and has vast experience of dealing with the issues and demands of managing the important aspects of people, logistics and finance.

Being personal assistant to the Foundation’s Founder and CEO has also benefitted Maria in understanding and sharing the Vision that drives the Foundation forward day by day.


Rapa

Mission Through Visitors

MISSION TRIPS TO ROMANIA : – For over 20 years, organising first class Mission Trips has provided opportunity for people to see the work of Smiles up close and engage supporters with beneficiaries in a special way. Thousands of people have experienced the Hands-On nature of mission trips with Smiles. Building, Painting, Gardening as well as Food Preparation and Distribution to families in need. Mission teams are crucial to enable the Programmes to function to their full potential, especially in the Outreach work with Children and Communities. JOIN US FOR A HANDS-ON MISSION EXPERIENCE THAT COULD CHANGE YOUR LIFE! A...
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Maria at Tileagd

Mission through Education

Nursery Care & After-School Support : – The Smiles Foundation has an in depth understanding of Educational Needs having operated a School and Nursery since 2003. An entire community who had not previously attended school, have done well through the support of Smiles. After 17 years, the work had integrated Roma and Romanian communities successfully enough to enable children to learn together and now attend the State School in Tileagd. Smiles continues to operate a Nursery facility for 3-6 year olds and now focuses more on After-School support that can include lunch, help with homework and lessons in more than...
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Family

Mission through Emergency Housing

Families in need of Shelter : – The Smiles Foundation is about more than providing aid for a quick fix solution to extremely complex problems. Homelessness through Eviction, Safe Shelter from Domestic Abuse are serious issues that need more than an arm of sympathy. Smiles responded in 2003 by purchasing land and a derelict building with a view to undergoing a total rebuild to provide an Emergency Housing facility which opened in 2006. Since then, many desperate individuals and families have found peace and security at Smiles EHU, giving opportunity to reflect, plan and move forward with rebuilt lives. The...
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Medical Mission Dr Jim

Mission through Medical Care

Assistance & Support with Medicine, Dental & Optometry : – Thankfully, we have seen progress in some areas of life in Romania over the past 30 years. Initially, medical care was extremely limited, so Smiles employed two doctors to serve the needs of those we supported. As Community/Family Doctors were more commonly introduced, Smiles moved to more specialist areas, building their own Dental and Optometry facilities to assist thousands of people in need of care. Through connections with hospitals and consultants, Smiles were able to arrange and raise support for surgeries, with many cataract cases undertaken through a leading surgeon...
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Mission through Sharing Joy

Special Programmes including SOS (Sack of Smiles) : – Everyone loves to celebrate and we have various occasions throughout the year, when celebration is important. Christmas is the most obvious that comes to mind, but many, too many children in Romania see little to no difference at Christmas to their hard lives throughout the year. SOS (Sack of Smiles) was our answer to this sad reality of not celebrating Christmas. Of course, Christmas is about much more than a ‘bag of goodies’ but it has proven a great way to share the important message of Christmas – God’s Gift to...
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