With your help, we can make a significant difference in a child’s life.
December 1989 marked a turning point for Romania. Communist Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had been dethroned and removed from the palace he had built for himself (ironically called the House of People). The promise of freedom filled the air, but the legacy of the former dictator’s twisted vision for the Romanian people left behind a country riddled with challenges.
Ceausescu wanted to build a populous Romanian nation of workers, farmers, and soldiers. In an effort to fulfill this passion, mothers with five or more children were praised and declared both heroic and patriotic. A rapidly growing population in a country with a centralized and collapsing communist economy was unsustainable. Parents were unable to provide for their own children who instead ended up in streets. These children had children of their own, and the vicious cycle began—one generation of orphans giving way to another.
In 2001 an idea was birthed among a group of friends at Abilene Christian University. Led by Dr. Andrei Duta, His Little Ones was created with a vision for a brighter tomorrow for the children in Romania.
HLO’s mission is to provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational needs of these precious children. HLO seeks to improve the quality of the day-to-day life in three orphanages in Bucharest. Progress has been steady. Today the hallways of these orphanages are not as full as they once were. Love is being shown; the Gospel is spoken and lived out.
Today the former dictator’s legacy is quickly fading. The last two decades have brought much healing. However, many emotionally wounded, motherless, and fatherless children still need hope; a new hope that only Jesus can provide. These children, under the banner of His Little Ones, are the heartbeat of our mission.