Monday, June 21, 2021

Romania Trip 2021

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Dear Friends,
   In late May, I found out that România was opening its borders to vaccinated people without a quarantine period on the 11th of June. Excitedly, I booked tickets for June 12th! Our Board's Vice Chair, Kristen, chose to accompany me as well!

                               


    Now two weeks later, we are here in România! My heart has yearned to be back doing this part of the job for over a year now! Within the first week of being here, we have driven across half the country. We flew into Cluj, Romania and drove up to Oradea, where I met with my Romanian children, and our PHFTC Romanian Outreach Director, Andrea. She has been doing an amazing job in her new role during Covid and we are so grateful for her!

                               


  We purchased supplies for Forget Me Not Ministries and Finding Hope Ministries before we left for Sibiu. Once there, we were able to visit Finding Hope Ministries, an orphanage that houses 35 children and that housed our PHFTC November Service Team in 2019. Due to a fire in one of their homes, they lost many items. We were able to purchase sheets, blankets and bath towels for the children. Kristen, Andrea and I delivered the supplies, spoke with the Director, interacted with the children and volunteers, and even helped cook in the kitchen!

                           
      

   That afternoon, due to our vaccinations, Kristen and I were allowed into the hospital for a few hours to hold and feed the babies. We have only 6 social children in the hospital now. Covid has greatly declined the number of children being left at the hospital and we are praying that the trend will continue as long as the babies aren't being neglected.

                            


    We had the opportunity to meet and visit with a member of Firm Foundations Romania in Brasov, a couple hours away. One of their projects is sending in volunteers into their pediatric hospital, much like we do! It was such a pleasure to make that connection and possibly partner or help each other in the future. Again in the afternoon, we were able to spend time with the little ones in the hospital and put up some colorful wall clings to brighten the rooms.

                                     
  The weekend has been spent, among other things, showing Kristen the beauty and culture of Romania and preparing for this coming week's meetings! I am so excited to be making two new connections this year with some very special people who have started projects of their own here! 
  1. Please pray that all will go smoothly this week and our health will be protected, not only from Covid, but the vast amounts of cigarette smoke that is affecting my allergies. Kristen is also experiencing an allergic reaction and she is trying some Romanian medicine to help. 
  2. Please pray that we can get our Covid testing done before we board our flight next Sunday without any hiccups.
  3.  Send up prayers for Monica and her children. She is a manager of a foundation that we support, who just lost her husband to Covid. It has been devastating...
  4. Pray that we can be a blessing to whomever we meet, whether it is an orphan, an NGO director, or a person on the street.
  5. Lastly, please remember our husbands and children at home holding down the fort so we can be here.
   Thank you all for your support! Without your generosity, peoples lives would not be touched with the simplest of things that we take for granted. But every diaper, every bath towel, every vitamin, every bottle of oil means so much to people here!

   I encourage you to visit our website. It is slowly being renovated with new content being added weekly! Our Donate section is ready and usable for anyone that feels called to join us for the first time or again and again!

Be Blessed,

Mona

Ramona Petrella Cummings
Executive Director of PHFTC

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Puerto Rico

 Hello Friends,


  I am currently traveling to Puerto Rico with one of PHFTC's Board of Directors, Kristen. This week we will be meeting new foundations on the island as we open our new project on the island. This has been a long journey to get to this point where we could expand our ministry and all of us at PHFTC is very excited about this opportunity! Please pray that all goes smoothly and safely for us! 

https://youtu.be/RhwrEwiMLBQ

Blessings,

Mona

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Prayer Partners Needed

 Happy Wednesday Friends,


       I am still counting our blessings with the final total of PHFTC's March Madness Fundraiser! $3,537 was our grand total and my heart is blessed! This is so helpful for our annual budget and the needs of our new projects starting in Puerto Rico!

    Another exciting thing I wanted to tell you about today is that we have asked a very talented woman, Lori Anne De Loreto, to join our team as a contracted Development Coordinator. She will help us with our fundraising and marketing as we continue to meet the needs presented to us.

Our first order of business to give our website a face lift  so please feel free to visit us often to see the changes and updates! https://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org/ .

  Secondly, the need I come to you about today is for you to join us in becoming Prayer Partners with the ministry! It is essential as we grow and help others to have a covering of prayer around my Board, the ministry, the people we serve, and my family. We are looking for several people who are willing to pray for the specific things that are sent to them with dedication and passion! You can pray on your own or if you want be joined with a few other people,  you can meet online or in the way you are most comfortable. I am so excited to see how this will affect our ministry and the outcomes of it!

  Please email me at caring@projecthopeforthechildren.org if interested and we can explain more and get you started. Have a blessed day!

In Him,

Ramona Petrella Cummings
Founder and Executive Director

Monday, March 15, 2021

March Madness 2021

 Hello Friends,


   Project Hope for the Children has started our annual March Madness Fundraiser where we highlight the different projects we do and how we have served the children in Romania and beyond! This is the 18th year anniversary since I moved to Romania and was moved by the needs that I saw in the lives of the children there!

   There will be some emails sent out to you, but the best way to learn is to follow us on Facebook. If you don't have Facebook, our website is filled with pictures and descriptions of what we do and a tab for donating for your convenience.
    
  This winter has been passing with several developments within our ministry! We continue to supply the Pediatric Hospital in Sibiu with baby essentials for the social babies that reside there. We have contact with our Volunteer Nurse Liaison, but due to Covid we have been unable to hire another Maternal Assistant to work in the hospital directly with the babies. Please, be in prayer that once the hospital is reopened, we can find someone to again work with the babies and that we have the money in the budget to pay for that person's salary.

Below are some pictures that show some of the supplies given to this hospital and the ways we try to enrich the babies' lives.

                   

                   


Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue this journey!

Blessings,

Mona

www.projecthopeforthechildren.org

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Giving Tuesday 2020

 This past year, we have been able to help the social babies at the pediatric hospital in Sibiu, feed orphans at a private orphanage, stock a Co-op for Roma mothers, feed and educate a group of 50 children at an afterschool program, then feed those children's families during the pandemic. 


Now, we are reaching into Puerto Rico and sponsoring a deaf, foster child to have a good education in a school that will specifically cater to his needs! And when it is safe to travel, I will be touring orphanages in Puerto Rico to access if we can donate basic baby essentials to them, as well. 

All this has been accomplished through prayer and your financial aid! Today is Giving Tuesday and with Covid making it impossible to speak and fundraise in person, this fundraiser is vital! Please stop by our Facebook page and donate today and the next few days. 100% of the donations will come to us! 
https://www.facebook.com/donate/410184810341300/


If you don't have Facebook you can go directly to our website and either shop our Catalog or make a general donation there! 
http://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org

Thank you for taking the time and may this season bring you many blessings in return!

Mona



Wednesday, September 9, 2020

September Update

 

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Hello Friends,

   I trust that you all had an enjoyable and safe summer! I was able to spend many hours of quality family time with my children and take a break! However, I was never able to travel over to Romania because of the Corona Virus,and that has been very hard to be away from my "home" and work. I know there was a reason, but not being there when so many need help has been trying for me. Nevertheless, I wanted to present to you a little of what PHFTC has still been able to accomplish in the past several months and update you on some prayer needs.

Our hospital supplies in Sibiu, were stretched from my purchases in November, mainly due to the fact that there were fewer children being dropped off because of the lock down. Cornelia, our Volunteer Nurse Liaison, sent us a list of needed items for the babies and Andrea, our contracted Director of Romanian Ministries shopped for the baby supplies and had them shipped down. The hospital is doing well and there haven't been any cases in among our babies.
 

We also needed to purchase more books for the social children in the hospital. If you remember, these books (or stuffed animals) are often sent back with the child to wherever they call "home", IF they do leave. This gives the little ones something special of their own to help with their attachment issues. Andrea, found many lovely books and had them shipped down, as well!

 

With the return of children to the After School Program, food was needed to feed 50 little mouths. Andrea, along with the Directors of the program spent an afternoon searching for the best buys to feed these kids over the next several weeks.

 

Forget Me Not Ministries was also able to go shopping this summer to fill their Co-Op for the Fall months. The shelves were bare, but thankfully PHFTC was able to purchase $2000 worth of food, hygiene products, and diapers so the Roma mothers can shop with the money they make from creating the JoyBeadz and working odd jobs. We are so pleased to be able to work alongside this ministry; empowering woman so there is less abandonment!

  
Your donations and support made this all possible and we cannot thank you enough for partnering with us so we can continue to aid poor and neglected children!

 

Our Needs:

* More Board Members
* Wisdom on opening our Project in Puerto Rico
*Opportunities to Raise Money in a Covid Culture
* Enough money in the Budget to help all the non profits asking us for supplies
* Wisdom as we revise our By-Laws to reflect new NYS Laws

Your prayers, ideas,and help in these matters are very important to us! Thank you again for your interest and support! If you aren't already, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook atProject Hope for the Children, Inc. We post regularly. 
SIncerely,

 Mona

Ramona Petrella Cummings
Executive Director
caring@projecthopeforthechildren.org

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

March Madness #2

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   Good Morning Friends!

     A lot has changed in our world since the last email sent out! I had intended on sending more emails out as we are running out annual March Madness Fundraiser, but with the chaos in our world and my children coming home and schooling here, there hasn't been much time! Everywhere, we are all juggling new responsibilities, less social interactions, and uncertainties in the days ahead. Thankfully, we have a God that reminds us that we might make our plans, but He guides and directs our days!

   Our goal for this fundraiser is to raise $2,000. We have received $425 via Facebook and $500 in the mail so we are almost halfway to our goal for this particular fundraiser. Thank you so much! We now just need $1,075 to come in before March 31st! If you have forgotten to send in your donation or participated in our FB fundraiser, we completely understand! The good news is: You still have time!

  We are continuing to purchase supplies for the hospital in Sibiu, purchasing and reselling Joy Beadz to help empower the Roma women of Tinca support their families and supply food and supplies to the after-school program and other foundations.

   I have a trip planned for April 24th that I doubt I will be able to go on. Unfortunately, I have to wait closer to the time to be able to postpone or cancel due to the overwhelming amount of current cancellations. Please pray that we have guidance about when to go and safety for the world as the virus spreads and more shortages occur. This weekend, we will be purchasing $500 in food for a very poor gypsy community that did not have the money to have reserve foods. Now with the lack of work for the parents to do, the children are starting to go hungry.
 
You can Join us on Facebook here:
 https://www.facebook.com/donate/1082576678758466/1093821580967309/

Or on our website at:http://www.projecthopeforthechildren.org

                          

                           

                           

With Gratefulness,

   Ramona