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  • Ethos Open Hands offers free education to 115 Kindergarten aged children.  
  • Every week 800 loaves of bread and 1000 meals are prepared for the underprivileged of Craiova.
  • 270 students grades 1 through 8 receive free education from 25 teachers.  

Believing & Living

A person can change another individual`s situation. One can help them socially to get on his feet – but when the individual does not change their way of thinking, one is only pouring water into the depths of the sea. God himself must renew the hearts of men and women, so that they can overcome their own self-centerdness and learn how to live out their lives according to God`s word. We want to spread the Gospel; as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have past away: behold, all things have become new” 2 Cor. 5: 17. 


The key is to combine faith with everyday life, creating Christ centered principles for the future. This is demonstrated in our educational system. From Kindergarten until grade 8 our students are not only provided with book knowledge but are also taught God`s word. For those outside the school setting we offer various employment opportunities under the guidance of skilled individuals from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. These opportunities include but are not limited to: carpentry, fine wood working, fruit farm etc. 

Social Work

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” Isaiah 58:7

With our multilayered social work we are working to fulfill this assignment from God. Ethos Open Hands offers: food on wheels, a soup kitchen, nursing home, assistance for the sick as well as clothing and various donations. We also provide support to the disabled, the orphans, and work with former street and institutionalized children.


Our bakery and farm (fruit and vegetable cultivation) allow us to  produce food for our social services, personal needs and also for selling at our in-house kiosk. Our well equipped commercial kitchen enables the production of a considerable amount of meals. Ethos Open Hands has a construction enterprise. Through our construction work 27 single-family houses have been built as well as our school building and the nursing home.  We perform reparation and restoration work and custom-made prefabricated wood furniture.
Located 25 minutes outside of Craiova our farm has 15,000 apple trees. The apples are sold for fresh eating or pressed for apple juice. […]


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