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.

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„We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Princess Marina Sturdza’s passing.
Marina was one of the most active and supportive patrons of Hope and Homes for Children. Her on-going commitment, very often quietly and always with great dignity, behind the scenes have enabled us to transform the lives of thousands of children who are now enjoying the love and protection of a family. And this not only in Romania and Moldova, but in many more countries around the world.
When I first met Marina, it was immediately obvious that the deep well of kindness and her huge heart was matched only by the strength of her backbone and grit in her determination to leave the world in a better place than she found. Her commitment to this never changed over the years, and for my part I believe that she succeeded.
Marina always had an encouraging word, or a gem of wisdom to help you see challenges as opportunities. She would never deny a request for help. A fine soul indeed.
Marina, you will be missed by us all.

— Mark Waddington, Chief Executive Officer, Hope and Homes for Children


There are some people in this world who give you the power to follow your dreams and to make them become reality. For 20 years, since I had the privilege of knowing her, Princess Marina Sturdza was one of these persons for me. Her warmth and humanism have always inspired me. Those around her were always more important for her than herself. She did so much for her country, and I believe that her country should have done much more for her.”

— Ștefan Dărăbuș, Regional Director, Hope and Homes for Children Central and Southern Europe


“Marina is truly irreplaceable and will be much missed. We are privileged to have been colleagues and friends of hers.”

— Lady Gail Joplin, Patron, Hope and Homes for Children


“Marina was always so modest, unassuming, fun and kind. She will be sorely missed.”

— Claire Wright, Patron, Hope and Homes for Children