The Point of Hope Development Center located in Tarneveni, Romania dwells in the poorest section of the city. “Point of Hope” has the capacity to aid up to 180 children from the ages of 4 to 10 with preschool and after-school programs offered. Hot meals, showers, and health-care are also provided daily to the children attending Point of Hope. The building can also be used to reach out to the community by providing educational training to help families learn the skills needed to provide for themselves and their children. This 3-story building and the programs presented are a “light” to a community in darkness. The Point of Hope Development Center which opened to 40 children in the fall of 2007 now educates 108 children on a daily basis. The Point of Hope is quickly transitioning into a place where people from the community are developing with the programs being offered in this center.
The 2011 summer mission teams started the renovation of the third floor, by renovating 3 rooms. Therefore, we had the ability to accommodate 48 additional children into the preschool and after-school programs in the fall of 2011. We cannot overstate the importance of the 3rd floor renovation project and the impact it will have on children and their families.
Gypsy children who attend the Point of Hope are now ahead of their Romanian friends as they enter the public schools. Teachers have asked us the secret to reaching the Gypsy children because they have had no positive results in the past. Additionally, drop-out rates of the Gypsy children have fallen dramatically since they began attending Point of Hope in 2007.
The immediate future of Another Child Foundation resides in our ministry to the Gypsy families in Tarnaveni. Currently ACF utilizes only 60% of the Point of Hope building. By transforming the empty areas into classrooms and educational centers for families, the impact our ministry can have in the community will multiply immeasurably.