Mission to Serve

Higher Education in Romania


Carmen Tanase, is the young lady in the picture and the information below.  At this time July 2013, we have an update from Carmen.  She needs help to continue her higher education.  She has overcome many obstacles to accomplish her goal to go to college and hopes to go on for more schooling.  Here is a note from Carmen on her current status:
"With Hope in my heart I write this email.  I am accepted in International Master in Public Administration. This MA, is designed for future Public and Non-Profit Sector managers who want to acquire the management skills and analytically capabilities necessary to reach leadership positions.  I was accepted in Switzerland University, one of the best in World ranking.  I was one of the few applicants who get the tuition fee covered $20,329 USD .  To be able to study there I need money for living costs.  Switzerland is one of the most expensive countries in Europe.  I am applying for Roma Education Found (REF) , an organization that helps Roma students.  The maximum amount is $11,000 USD and I need $18,000 USD for living costs for 10 months.  In order to get the full amount from REF, I need to given them a proof  that I tried by myself  to raise money and to provide them the amount of money which I raised.  I am going to work in agriculture in Germany this summer and I will have $2,000 USD, but is not enough.  I kindly ask you to help me.  This university is the chance for me to start my life and also to help my family and community in the future.  Documents proving my acceptance are available upon request."
If you would like to bless Carmen and help her with her college expeses, contact Chris at missiontoserve@hotmail.com .  Mission To Serve does not have the funds to help, but we have watched Carmen complete so many goals in her life and we would like to see her be able to go on with her education.
Below is a letter written by one of the girls, Carmen Tanase, that lived in a gypsy village.  In the letter she discribes the everyday life of the gypsy girls.

About Carmen Tanase
At her house in Sadova

Carmen Tanase

I graduated high school successfully. At this moment I am getting ready for College with God's help, and would love to try for Psychology or Sociology. I know that God is helping me. I know he will help me have a decent life and a happy family and not to have to spend my life working with the ground in the hot sun making bricks by hand and to live my life being a slave for men like the other girls in my village who are the same age as I am.

We live in concubine status because we usually do not get legally married. My grandparents only married legally after 50 years of married and that was because they became Christians.
Gypsies have their own judges among themselves and without lawyers. They are usually old men without education and their decisions are final even though they are not normally good decisions and they don't have to be "fair". They can be paid off by bad people and then the good people have to suffer.
I am the FIRST and ONLY girl in my village who will try NOT to live this sort of life. I am the FIRST and ONLY girl in my village who has ever went to high school. And the first to go to College. All the people in the village laugh at me and think that I am crazy, but I do not want this kind of life. I want something better for myself and my children.  
In order to go to high school I had to live in a dormitory in another town, and even there we didn't have good conditions and it was cold. In order to go to College I must move to another city which is one hour from us and find a place to live also. I hope I can find a dormitory room there some place and find some kind of job because my parents don't have money to pay for this. Please pray for me that God will work everything out for me.
My School Will cost $700 for this year which is a large amount for a Romanian family because the minimum wage here in Romania is $125 a month. My parents are in Germany right now trying to work and save money so my mother will be able to help me with some of the college costs.
Thank you so much for all of your help because without you I could not have been able to do all of this. May God Bless you and your family,
With Love,

Helping children get an education!!

Many girls want to get out of the normal life in their villages, especially the gypsy girls. In Romania it is very hard for girls from any place to go to college because their families do not have the money for this. The same is true from the state orphanages. MTS has been helping young men and women to try to get a higher education if they are able to pass the college enterance exam. This is one of the "extra" things that we do, but we don't have  special funds set aside for this. I pray that there will be some reading this that would like to help with these costs. Perhaps some Sunday school classes or various groups you know  would like to help as a project. Please spread the word of this special need. I am sending a letter by a girl named Carmen Tanase that will help  you understand a little of what some young people go through. The young men have the same problems with being able to afford school.


About the Gypsy Girls:

I want to tell you how life is for the Gypsy girls. The girls marry at 13-14 years old. Those who are older that 18 years old will have a hard time to find someone to marry them or they will never be married or loved. For me in my village, just to get married now, because I am 19 years old, I would never get married here in Sadova. By the time the girls are 20 years old they usually have 2 or more children.
Woman aren't allowed to have uncovered heads and they have to wear long skirts.
If you are not a virgin, you won't get married because on the wedding night you have a white robe. The bride is dressing up in all white and the boy MUST see the shedding of blood in her. That is evidence that she is still a virgin. I am still a virgin and will continue to be one until my wedding.  
We are not allowed to have fun with men, or interact with them.
We are not going much to school. Girls only learn to write and read a little and that is all. Usually the girls go to the 6th grade and maybe sometimes to the 7th or 8th grades, but they are usually married before they reach the age for 7th grade.
We don't have the right to speak up because that will upset the man.
We are beaten up really bad and no one will do anything about it, not even the girl's parents. We are treated really bad by men and have to endure this kind of life.

                                     Update 2013

Carmen has completed college and needs prayer to find a job.  Many people are prejudiced against Gypsies and we pray the Lord will open a door and reward Carmen for her hard work.