Hope and Homes for Children, DGASPC Sector 4 and Holcim Romania have started work on the Cavalerii (The Knights) small-group home.

Hope and Homes for Children, DGASPC Sector 4 and Holcim Romania have started work on the Cavalerii (The Knights) small-group home.

On July 12, Hope and Homes for Children, the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC) in Bucharest Sector 4 and Holcim Romania organised an event to launch the construction work on the Cavalerii small group home in Sector 4. By the end of the year, this will be the new home of 12 children coming from the Robin Hood placement centre, which is currently being closed down.

Hope and Homes for Children, DGASPC Bistrița-Năsăud and the Bistrița-Năsăud County Council have inaugurated three small group homes in Năsăud and Bistrița

Hope and Homes for Children, DGASPC Bistrița-Năsăud and the Bistrița-Năsăud County Council have inaugurated three small group homes in Năsăud and Bistrița

On 3 and 4 July, the Hope and Homes for Children Foundation, in partnership with the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC) Bistrița-Năsăud and the Bistrița-Năsăud County Council, inaugurated three small group homes – two in Năsăud and one in Bistrița, which have been developed in the closing down process of the Năsăud placement centre.

Hope and Homes for Children and DGASPC Botoșani have initiated the closing down of the Dumbrava Minunată placement centre in Pomârla

Hope and Homes for Children and DGASPC Botoșani have initiated the closing down of the Dumbrava Minunată placement centre in Pomârla

Hope and Homes for Children and the General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection Botoșani (DGASPC) have initiated the closing down of the Dumbrava Minunată placement centre in Pomârla, Botoșani County; the project aims to build and open two small group homes for the 24 children and young people out of the 48 currently living in this centre.

Hope and Homes for Children Founders Mark and Caroline Cook and regional director Ștefan Dărăbuș decorated by President Klaus Iohannis

Hope and Homes for Children Founders Mark and Caroline Cook and regional director Ștefan Dărăbuș decorated by President Klaus Iohannis

On May 17, the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, signed the official decree to decorate Hope and Homes for Children Founders Mark and Caroline Cook and regional director for Central and South Europe Ștefan Dărăbuș. The three have become Knights of the Faithful Service order, as a token of “appreciation for the remarkable and constant activity to the benefit of the Romanian child protection system reform and for their hard work to ensure the financing of dedicated programmes”.

The Cavnic Winter Games

The Cavnic Winter Games

Hope and Homes for Children initiated the Special Winter Games in 2000, in order to socially integrate children and young people with special needs through winter leisure activities and sports competitions.

In memoriam — Princess Marina Sturdza

In memoriam — Princess Marina Sturdza

The entire Hope and Homes for Children team mourns the demise of Princess Marina Sturdza, who was our Patron for so many years, a person who inspired each of us to live our lives in such a way that we can do good for others.

Princess Marina Sturdza died on October 22 at her residence in New York, after an exemplary life whose second part was almost entirely dedicated to charity. These days we think of the thousands of children whose lives became better thanks to the involvement of Princess Marina Sturdza.

Art and solidarity camp

Art and solidarity camp

50 children and young people aged between 12 and 21 years, beneficiaries of the programmes of Hope and Homes for Children Romania participated in the 12th edition of the Art and Solidarity Camp, held between 21 and 28 August in Deseşti (Maramureș County). Children and young participants benefited from guidance from 50 artists - painters and teachers in the UK, Ukraine, and Romania - who become mentors for a week. The camp was organized by the Orthodox Parish in Deseşti in partnership with Hope and Homes for Children Romania, and was supported by BRD Groupe Société Générale and the company’s employees through the programme "Super People for Super Chance".

800 people at Hope Concert

800 people at Hope Concert

On Sunday, the 10th of April, the Romanian Athenaeum hosted the fourth edition of Hope Concert, a cultural and charitable event organized by Hope and Homes for Children Foundation. This edition was attended by over 800 guests who have chosen to show their support for the most vulnerable children in Romania. Guests of honor of the event were Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos and his wife, Valerie, Princess Marina Sturdza, honorary president of the Hope and Homes for Children, Aura Răducu, Minister of European Funds, Violeta Alexandru, Minister for Public Consultation and Cici Dialogue, HMA Paul Brummel, the British Ambassador in Romania, HE Werner Hans Lauk, German Ambassador, HE Diego Brasioli, Italian Ambassador, Valeriu Nicolae, State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor, Family and Social Protection and Gabriela Coman, president of the National Authority for Child Protection and Adoption.

We learn how to cook

We learn how to cook

In the small group homes in Baia Mare (Maramures County) and at the “22 Decembrie” Day Centre we do activities through which the children and young adults can acquire independent living skills before they leave the child protection system. It is important, especially for young adults, to acquire these skills, because most of them have not been involved in such activities when they were younger and they could use neither the method of imitating adults – as there was no family model available to them – nor the “trial and error” one (because they received too many things that were already done for them or they were forced to accept predetermined conditions, or, in some cases, they were not motivated enough to search for a solution themselves).

International Snow Day

International Snow Day

On January 15th and 16th, 46 children from several small group homes in Maramures County enjoyed the snow and the cold weather and had their first encounter with the winter sports as part of the 6th edition of the TuSport Snow Day, organised by TuSport, under the umbrella of the International Ski Federation. The children learnt to ski and they went sledding down the Icoana ski slope in Cavnic (Maramures County) and enjoyed very much to skate on the skating rink in the Old Centre of Baia Mare. 

Prevention Seminar

Prevention Seminar

During 22-23 November, we organised in Bacau a seminar-workshop for the North-East Region on “Preventing the separation of children from their families, as part of the reform process and the structural funding opportunities”, through Human Capital Operational Programmes (HCOP) and the Regional one (ORP), for the 2014-2020 Structural Funding period.

 Decorating the Christmas tree at the NMAR

Decorating the Christmas tree at the NMAR

On Monday, December 19th, the educational partnership between Hope and Homes for Children Romania and the National Museum of Art of Romania was launched during an event at the museum. The children from our programmes in Bucharest and Baia Mare created ornaments for the traditional Christmas tree placed on the ground floor of the National Gallery.

Sharing is Caring

Sharing is Caring


At the beginning of the Christmas Fast, Hope and Homes for Children launched the “Sharing is Caring” campaign through which they want to give the fasting time a purpose and to challenge people to fast for one day and then donate the value of the meals they were supposed to eat that day to the children who life with less than 5 lei/day. The authors of the creative concept of the campaign and the site were Cohn & Jansen JWT, with help from Atelieru, and illustrations by Vali Petridean.