Adventist Review Online | In Romania, New Educational Center Will Cater to Immigrants’ Needs

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The center brings access to language, tailoring, and music classes, ADRA leaders said.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Romania inaugurated the new “Hope for Immigrants” Educational Center in Bucharest on October 7, 2020. ADRA team members, volunteers, donors, and guests attended. 

The center will cater to refugees’ needs, especially those coming from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and Ethiopia, leaders reported. 

Construction of the center took place in 2020 despite pandemic restrictions. Several Seventh-day Adventist Church organizations and anonymous donors contributed to make this project a reality.

ADRA’s center is already offering Romanian, English, and Arabic language courses. It also provides, among other services, classes in tailoring and music, along with haircuts for men. The center is open for seminars, receptions, and family celebrations as allowed, all free of charge.

 

  • The new ADRA Romania educational center “Hope for Immigrants” was officially inaugurated in Bucharest on October 7, 2020. [Photo: ADRA Romania]
  • The “Hope for Immigrants” center offers courses and activities for adults and children, including language classes. [Photo: ADRA Romania]
  • The new ADRA Romania educational center is a joint project supported by the regional Seventh-day Adventist Church in Romania. [Photo: ADRA Romania]

“We found joy in the opportunity to support this new ADRA project,” Muntenia Conference president Robert Mandache said. “We feel we are paying a debt due to the assistance each one of us has received from God as ‘strangers and pilgrims’ on this earth. It is something that compels us to assist others, especially the vulnerable.”

ADRA Romania has a long history of supporting immigrants and their rights. By setting up this educational center, ADRA continues with an initiative launched in 2015 to assist families and young immigrants in Romania. “The inauguration of this new center proves to us, once again, that empathy and care for our fellow man should be our default setting, something that transcends geographical, cultural, ethnic, religious, or gender boundaries,” ADRA Romania executive director Robert Georgescu said.

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