“The living conditions of Roma families in Transylvania are shocking. Adults and children are marked by poverty, lack of education and isolation. They have lost any form of dignity, self-esteem and awareness of even basic things such as cleanliness and hygiene. We are committed to their needs and want to give them hope,” says Ruth Zenkert.

For ELIJAH, “You are in the beginning” is the message of social work. In the beginning God created heaven and earth, which means that the beginning is lasting. The power of creation flows on. We are never at the end, but always “in the beginning”, we always have new possibilities.

It is our ambition to motivate the people, Roma and their community, to move themselves more and more, and to master their lives self-confidently. Because all people have talents, our most important task is to discover and promote them. Together with the families and our employees, we are always looking for the next step. We build settlements, create training workshops for young people, provide medical care in remote villages and play side by side in our ELIJAH orchestra.


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