The Children from the House of God
THE CHILDREN ENTER ONE BY ONE in the chapel. They hold their breath while looking at the icons. They cross themselves in front of a white statue, surrounded by candles. "It’s the mother of Jesus", a little girl whispers. "She is sad because she has lost her son", she explains. "Now she watches over us from up there, from the sky".
The 60 young residents of the Don Bosco House are children whom they parents did not want anymore. The little ones have either been abandoned in front of the chapel or have come all by themselves as they could no longer stand the beating and hunger they were forced to endure at home. "There have been plenty of cases when a mother who had just been kicked out of the house by her husband came to us with her child in her arms threatening that she would kill herself if we did not take her baby", Father Demidoff, the independent catholic priest who built the house for homeless children from Cincu, tells us. He also took care of some homeless children from Amsterdam. It so happened that one day in 1990 he saw on a foreign television channel shocking images with the homeless children form the Northern Railway Station from Bucharest, images that have surrounded the globe". "Pater", as children call him, came to Cincu by an old bus belonging to the Amsterdam Post Office. He remained in the locality to help the homeless children. From that very moment he knew that that that was his mission, as he himself is an orphan. His mother emigrated from Russia to Germany 61 years ago and she died while giving birth to her son.
Just as the storey of other children from the Don Bosco House, Daniela's storey is a sad one. She was brought to the house for homeless children from Cincu when she was barely a few years old. After a while she was taken back by her parents. But only two days after she was thrown in front of the house for homeless children from a speeding car. "Children never leave their mothers of your own free will ", father Demidoff mentions. "They leave when they are simply chased away or beaten when they come back from begging with too little money for their parents to buy alcohol", he adds. Daniela knows that in this house thing are different than on the street. The rule every child from the Don Bosco House has to obey is "We do not lie, we do not cheat and we do not hit one another". During the holiday, the small residents take turns in doing the garden work, the washing and the cooking and help the employees of the house for homeless children with the potato peeling and with the folding of clean cloths. And the results are visible: the children’s’ rooms are sparkling clean. But as in any family, children also get grounded. "The most severe punishment is not being allowed to sing during the chapel service", a little boy tells us. Every Sunday, the little ones go to Iacobeni village, a place not far from Cincu, where father Demidiff performs the service for the villagers, most of them being Romanies, in an abandoned catholic church which the father managed to renovate. The people who participate at the Sunday service from Iacobeni are always impressed: "To see three hundred children singing in the church and praying together is not something one can forget".
Children sit on the small chairs placed in the chapel and sing: "Mother, do not forget about the son you hold against your chest…/Do not forget about the answer you gave God…" firstname.lastname@example.org