The Homework Project
Epiphany has a long history of reaching out to people who are suffering in our local community and around the world. We learned about the widespread poverty and discrimination against our Roma (also known as Gypsy) brothers and sisters in E, Romania through former Epiphany Music Director Joe Burt, who has known and worked with Romanian Pastor Alex CefaStroie for many years. Pastor Alex serves churches in two small villages in northwestern Romania, near the Hungarian border.
Cefa is rural community in which Roma and non-Roma families live very different lives. Roma face persistent discrimination in employment and basic community services, and Roma children receive inferior educations, nutrition and health care compared to non-Roma children. Statistically, the school dropout rate among Roma children is quite high, since the Romanian teachers do not offer them any help with understanding their schoolwork.
The Homework Project was begun as an educational outreach to school-age children in poor, rural Romania by Epiphany United Church of Christ in Chicago. The homework Project offers after-school tutorial assistance, using trained teachers, and also provides the children with a good meal. The program enables students to be prepared for school and as a result, lessens the likelihood they will drop out of the educational system. The program begun by Epiphany has enjoyed a grassroots success. However, there is more to be done. It is hoped that in the coming years, additional centers may be established to provide educational hope for more children.The Homework Project is active in Cefa, which is on the Western edge of Romania. If you want to know ways you can support this ministry, contact the church office at 773-281-4144, or use the contact page of this website.
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