Rebengiuc’s Will

“Maybe we’re not their parents. But that doesn’t mean they’re not ours.”


Ioana, Tudor, Diana, Matei and the other over 6,000 children that still live in orphanages need your help in order to become children again.

Text HOPE to 8844 and donate EUR2/month* to help close down orphanages and move children in an environment as close to family as possible.


It is not time that solves everything. Only people can do that. You!

Over 6,000 children continue to be institutionalised in Romanian orphanages, away from home. We might not be their parents, but that does not mean they are not ours.

Victor Rebengiuc in his symbolic will: “I am old, I do not have much time left. But it is not time that solves everything. Only people can do that. You!”.


What do institutionalised children say about living in old type institutions?

"I do not believe that even one person in the [placement] Centre would be on my side and not betray me. To have someone to love you at least a little, a tiny bit. Really... No one loves me!”

 “I would like all the bad things to be wiped off with a sponge. To have everything back to normal. To be, again, my daddy’s little monkey.”


Text HOPE to 8844 and donate EUR2/month* to help close down orphanages and move children in an environment as close to family as possible.


How did the institutionalisation of such a large number of children come about, and what have we done, as a country, so far?

Romania inherited from the communist regime a disastrous child protection system. Between 1945 - 1989, the state developed a network of large institutions.

Thus, in 1989, over 100,000 children were living in such institutions, under precarious conditions. Even when the material conditions were reasonable, the institutionalisation had a strong negative impact on their health, development and psychology due to depersonalisation, rigid routines and isolation.

Since the 90's till now, we have come a long way, but still: over 6,000 children from 186 institutions are still far away from home.

Almost half of them are children with disabilities. More than two thirds of the children and young people living in the placement centres in Romania suffer from delays in various areas of development, either intellectual or growth-related according to age, and/or psycho-motor. About a quarter of children have delays in all areas of development.


Text HOPE to 8844 and donate EUR2/month* to help close down orphanages and move children in an environment as close to family as possible.


Hope and Homes for Children’s investments and their results

The Hope and Homes for Children Foundation aims to close all orphanages in Romania by 2027. We have been working for 21 years to reform the child protection system, and during this time we have contributed to the closing down of 58 orphanages. Another 10 are being closed.

We have developed 110 family-type homes, removing more than 5,800 children and young people from orphanages, and improving the lives of over 55,000 children. Of these, for over 31,500 children, we prevented family breakdown.



Text HOPE to 8844 and make a donation of 2 EUROS MONTHLY  to help close the orphanages and to move the children in environments as close to a family as possible.

You may also donate by card, redirecting 20% of a company's corporate tax or transferring directly to the Foundation's bank accounts.

Lei Account: RO49 BRDE 250S V187 7897 2500
Euro Account: RO83 BRDE 250S V187 7926 2500
U.S. Dollar Account: RO96 BRDE 250S V190 2829 2500

Bank: BRD Groupe Société Générale - Baia Mare Office


On behalf of the over 6,000 children in orphanages, thank you!

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* The donation is EUR2/month. You can end the monthly donation by texting STOP to 8844. VAT is not charged for donations made through phone provider subscriptions. For Digi Mobil, Orange Romania and Telekom Romania Mobil pre-paid options, the VAT was withheld at purchase. No VAT is charged for donations with Vodafone pre-paid cards.

According to the “Statistical Bulletin for labour and social protection”, published in March 2019 by the Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, 6,038 children are institutionalised in 186 classical and modulated placement centres; 2,769 of them (45%) are children with disabilities.

The children's testimonials, as well as the information regarding the institutionalisation of children from 1945 to 1989, are taken from the diagnostic study, here, pages 9, 16, published in the Agreement on Consulting Services concluded between the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the National Authority for the Protection of the Rights of the Child and Adoption, for the implementation of the project “Elaboration of the plan to deinstitutionalise the children from institutions and to ensure the transition of their care in the community” - SIPOCA code 2, financed from the European Social Fund through the Administrative Capacity Operational Program.