Like the Prophet ELIJAH, we want to fight for these deprived people and to integrate them as citizens into Europe, and not to be seen as only beggars or criminals. Music has been of great importance in initiating the schooling of these children. ELIJAH now runs two music schools with 250 pupils working in six villages. It has also established four social centers (kindergartens, hot meal kitchens, after-school activities, laundry service, medical help - dentist and family doctor - as well as shower facilities are being offered).
We opened a guesthouse, under the name STELLA MATUTINA. Here, young women learn housekeeping, baking, cooking, and table culture. An agricultural project was started to offer work and formation in order to produce healthy food products for the whole organization. ELIJAH also has a well-developed carpentry shop, as well as a team of construction workers renovating and building family homes in devastated villages.
Many of our social workers have been street children themselves, who were able to overcome their suffering. We listen and learn from the Roma people each step of the way. Our aim is not to talk about the gypsy people, but to talk with and live with them. ELIJAH is a practical experiment of sharing life with all its problems and joys.