As our mission statement expresses, the goal of ARCHWAY is “to improve the quality of life of children living in the streets and sewers of Bucharest, Romania”. To improve their lives our projects change to meet the problems they encounter in the streets and their ever-changing needs as they grow older. We started with food trucks and then, thanks to the wonderful people who sent clothing and a particular group of people in Iron Mountain, Michigan who send a tractor-trailer full of clothes and blankets and quilts twice a year, we added clothing distribution to the food program. We will, of course, keep those programs running with an eye to opening a food pantry well stocked with Pampers.
Our main focus now is the Identity Papers Program (IPP) that will make the children citizens and entitle them to all of the services they need to leave their homeless lives behind. Getting “papers” is a long, expensive process but without them these children are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and violence. So in helping our population in all the ways we’ve listed, the ARCHWAY Team will be making IPP our priority.
I believe, from my experiences, that people want to help others, they just don’t know how.
By getting the word out so that people know about the beautiful children who just need a chance, we are shining a light on a problem that has been kept in the dark for too long. If you have any suggestions or information that might make that light brighter, please let us know.