Rachel Titiriga is one of our project managers from our After School Program in Budila, a Roma village located about 30 km outside of the city of Brasov. Rachel shares her heart about one of our Roma teens from Firm Foundations Romania’s programs working hard to reach her goals:
“This beautiful young lady, is Elena. She is in the 8th grade and attends our After School Program (ASP) twice a week. For this entire school year, every Wednesday she has also been my Assistant for my 5th Grade ASP class. She really has a gift for teaching. About a month into have her assist me I began to allow her to do most of the teaching, we would meet before and discuss what we would do with the kids and then I would let her go for it! I would guide her as she went and helped with the kids. It has been great to see her grow as a "teacher".
Elena is graduating this Friday and is currently taking her exams to enter High School. She hopes to study to become a teacher when she reaches University someday! We love that she was able to experience what it was like to be a teacher by assisting in our After School Program. It is so encouraging seeing the older teens getting involved with tutoring the younger kids in the program and Elena is an example of how FFR's After School Program works to transform lives!
Elena is always asking me for books to learn how to speak English, and any we have had donated she has read through. I'm so thankful FFR sponsored the purchase of some REAL books to help her as she wants to teach herself English this summer. She is an amazing young lady, who is smart and determined! We can't wait to see what God has in store for her in the years to come!” (written by Rachel Titiriga/ After School Project Manager for Firm Foundations Romania).
If you are interested in learning more about Firm Foundations Romania and ways you can donate towards our projects, please visit www.firmfoundationsromania.com
Sarah Vienna Berchtold