For over 20 years, the International Children's Aid Foundation (ICAF) has changed many lives by:
-introducing both children and adults to Jesus Christ through laughter, hard work and love
-taking orphaned children off the streets and giving them a warm, stable, loving home
-providing individual developmental care to babies in state orphanages
-offering free basic medical and dental services to any adult in the area who needs them
-making available a safe neighborhood haven in the form of a Christian community center
"Each one of them is Jesus in disguise." ~ Mother Teresa
There is a tragic story behind every face,” said a member of a team of volunteers to our mission in Romania. She wanted to sponsor one of the newest children at our orphaned children’s home, Casa Emanuel, and had inquired about his history.
He was one of three siblings ages 3, 4 and 7 who had been taken by their mother to a distant town where she became the mistress of a gypsy. He beat them often-once so badly that the youngest child had to be rushed to the hospital for a ruptured gall bladder. The mother eventually left the country, abandoning her lover and her children. Her lover then put the children on the streets day and night to beg for money. The children became his cash machine. Their fear of him and the trauma of their miserable, lonely existence had left them unable to speak.
That’s the tragedy.
The victory is that the authorities found the children in the middle of the night on the streets of Arad, alone, malnourished and frightened, and asked us to take them in. How could we possibly say no? Soon we were blessed with the touching sight of seeing them asleep in their bed every night, their arms entwined around each other as if to offer mutual protection. Now, it is our job to protect them.
Now, they sleep in peace.
Now, for the first time in their lives, they have plenty of food.
Now, they are in a family setting with adults and playmates that freely demonstrate their love and are being shown the Lord’s love for all children.
Sadly, there are tens of thousands of children just like these in Romania, but with your help, the International Children’s Aid Foundation (ICAF) is able to rescue some of them and give them a lifetime of acceptance, happiness and love.