The Project was established in 2004 with our current Community Centre built and opened in 2006. The project is managed under the careful eye of experienced Smiles Deputy Director, Georgi Lazau. With the further assistance from Adi Matis and a great team serving daily in Gepiu – so we are blessed to enjoy excellent spiritual and management support for the entire Gepiu Team.
Daily responsibility at the Community Centre is charged to Gepiu Social Assistant, Ioana Tamas. Ioana oversees Support for the Children coming from difficult families, which includes an After-School programme, Fun Activities and Outreach Fellowship meetings where qualified teacher Ana Maria assists on a full-time basis. We have a great team of staff helping Ioana and Ana Maria at the Centre to provide many important activities and programmes, including Lunch, Hygiene, Laundry and Homework.
Danut, Livia, Anita and Dan are also all involved with supporting the work with the children.
Every day of the school term, the facility provides assistance with after school classes for Grades 1 – 8. Smiles employs Livia as cook for the Centre so the children can receive lunch following their session at the State school. For many this is their only hot meal of the day. Then they get 3 hours extra tuition from our team as well as use of hygiene facilities and Christian fellowship led by our full-time project Social Worker and Teacher.
The majority of our supported children come from families suffering extreme poverty and would have no bathroom facilities in their own home. Some would not even have running water and certainly not sanitation.
The Smiles Foundation organise an Elderly Luncheon in Gepiu each month, which is very popular not only for the elderly of Gepiu but also with all Smiles staff and visitors who try to attend whenever lunch is served. Generally up to 25 seniors from the village attend with ages ranging from 60 – 95. A great meal and good fellowship is enjoyed with one of the Smiles Ministry Team speaking at each lunch attended by folks of all denominations and some who don’t attend church at all.
Meetings and events are regularly organised for the Youth and Children whether Club night at the Centre or visits to the City and other places of interest. We also try to arrange a Camp each summer for the children to enjoy, who have worked hard and performed well throughout the year. A lot of work is undertaken through the Gepiu Community Project and a lot of support is needed.
Please help with supporting our Operating Costs which are £3,290 / $4,277 per month.