We believe every child born into the world is a gift from God, born with fresh potential. The circumstances a child is born into is no excuse to deprive a child of basic human rights to health care, education, proper nutrition, and freedom from abuse and exploitation. Our children's social programs address these critical child welfare issues in Romania. Missio Link International Foundation (MLI) serves all children at risk, regardless of religion or ethnicity.
In the early nineties, international media exposed a shocking legacy of the Ceausescu communist dictatorship, the orphans of Romania. With recent entry into the EU and European grants, serious efforts have resulted in improvement in conditions for some children. Still, Romania faces a crisis in addressing the full scope of the situation. This is especially true for Romania's children at risk— exploited and abused girls, older orphans, special needs children, ethnic Rroma (gypsy), and children in rural villages.
Dedicated government and NGO social workers including our own, together in public/private partnerships, have been marginally successful implementing new laws and programs. However, since they operate with limited resources, despite these efforts the hugely disproportionate number of exploited, abused, and abandoned children continues to constitute a crisis in a society still recovering from the social-familial destruction wrought by forty-five years of communism...LEARN MORE
Deborah House provides a unique and critically needed sanctuary for severely abused girls, providing a healing refuge where hurt is turned into hope. The purpose of Deborah House is to offer individual post-trauma intervention programs, therapy, and critical social skills counseling...LEARN MORE
Harmony ministers to children in Romanian institutions for unwanted orphans, special needs children, and imprisoned juvenile offenders, including a large segment of whom are ethnic Rroma (gypsy). Harmony teaches each child that they are special and loved by God...LEARN MORE
Aspirations assists young people who are facing discrimination, less
educational and occupational opportunities, and other barriers as they enter society
At 18, children must leave the orphanages abruptly, often lacking critical social skills...And studies show that these children are deeply insecure...LEARN MORE
We address the greatest disease and suffering experienced by the children at risk we serve...
"I have come to realize more and more that the greatest disease and the greatest suffering is to be unwanted, unloved, uncared for, to be shunned by everybody, to be just nobody [to no one]."