The Ruth School is committed to giving education to the marginalized and disadvantaged, particularly for those coming from Roma (Gypsy) families in order to help them reach their highest potential. Through education, the Ruth School seeks to assist in the inclusion of Roma in society as well as their future educational endeavors (high school, vocational schools, etc.)
It all started in 1992, when T Thomas (an American missionary) challenged Oti (the pastor of the church) about what Providence Baptist Church was doing for the Rroma children on the streets in the Ferentari district of Bucharest. What began as a Sunday School program was extended to a day center and it soon evolved into a literacy class when it was realized that most of the children could neither read or write and had never been to school before.. Since many of these children were already approaching their early teens, they had no chance whatsoever of enrolling in a regular school program. At that time, the education system simply didn't recognize that an illiteracy problem existed. Anybody who failed to make it to school at the right age (7 years old back then, subsequently changed to 6) or within the following 2 years had nowhere to go: no special projects, no adult literacy classes, and no educational recovery programs. After a few years the literacy class was registered as a primary school and soon Fundatia Providenta provided the institutional form which now is the Ruth School.
And so, the Ruth School began... In addition to the educational opportunites offered by the Ruth School, there was more that attracted students to Project Ruth. Due to poverty, many children started to attend the school simply because of the hot meal offered by the foundation. Noticing all these things, The Ruth School organized the following services for their target group: an educational program based on the MECT curriculum, programs of education, a hot meal at the school and basic medical care as well as hygiene programs.
In 1994 the Ruth School was awarded accreditation by the Educational Department for grades 1-4. They later received the accredidation for grades 5-8 in 1999. In 2010, the Ruth School received its final accreditation. Today, there are 175 students registered. 70% of the students who graduated from Ruth School continued their studies in Pre-university education program or in a school of arts and crafts in Bucharest. Most of these graduates got a passing grade on their final exams at the end of 8th grade. So far, the Ruth School has educated and taken care of more than 2000 students during the last 16 years from it’s foundation.