Institutionalised young people – Romanian ambassadors to international camps!

Institutionalised young people – Romanian ambassadors to international camps!

7 young people from Iași participated in this year’s camps – in Tiszaladanyi, Hungary and Ada, Serbia. The camps are organized around various topics, most of them related to multiculturalism, civil rights and European integration, entrepreneurship, social and professional insertion, health, drug use effects. The young participants consider this a very useful opportunity, as they have the chance to meet young people of a similar age, to explore other cultures and to make new friends.

A dream home with the help of Genpact Romania

A dream home with the help of Genpact Romania

At the 2018 Bucharest Half-Marathon, Genpact Romania chose to support the Boian family and to help them fulfill their dream of owning their home. 200 members of the Genpact staff ran the Half-Marathon, and the company donated 15,000 EUR to the Boian family, which will be used to create the necessary conditions for bringing the two boys back into the family.

A camp full of feeling

A camp full of feeling

20 children, aged 11 to 14, coming from deprived rural areas in the Iași county, were invited to the Muncel camp. And even if it was difficult for some of them to get there (one of the children came to the camp in a horse-drawn carriage), not one of them regretted having accepted the invitation: when they left, part of their heart remained behind.

When your plans do not match what life has in store

When your plans do not match what life has in store

A premature birth came with a shock: the young mothered delivered not one, but four children – two girls and two boys, all beautiful healthy babies. Although deep down the couple was happy to see them, the two parents were so shocked to suddenly have eight children, that they decided to give up the four newborns, especially since they shared a home with a paternal grandmother and two other grandchildren.

Timely help offered to a single mother of three

Timely help offered to a single mother of three

Hope and Homes for Children launched the child-family separation prevention programme in 2001, in order to help families with a high risk of abandoning their children in orphanages. The program is financed with the help of Farmexpert and Alphega pharmacies, among other sponsors. Every year, the program helps over 2,000 children to remain with their families.

A safer home for Mirela and the eight children she is raising on her own

A safer home for Mirela and the eight children she is raising on her own

They say the postman always rings twice. Mirela felt the full weight of this adage. Mothering seven children, two of them with disabilities and most with serious eyesight problems, is no walk in the park. The seven children are aged 10 to 21. The father only visits seldom and does not contribute financially to their upbringing. It is extremely hard for Mirela to raise them on her own and to face all her difficulties: she is an icon of will and strength, optimism and courage.

A new home for Raluca and her mother

A new home for Raluca and her mother

Alina is one of the many Romanian teenagers who became mothers too soon

Her daughter, Raluca, was born in 2012, when Alina was only 15 years old – which led to their being separated. Alina was pregnant as the result of an affair with a young man, also a minor, who did not recognise the paternity of the child. Alina’s father did not support her and did not have the resources for bringing up and caring for a newborn. This is why the future mother went to live in a mother&baby centre for eight months, before delivering Raluca. The baby girl was placed into care until Alina would be 18.

A quiet winter in a warm home for Dorina’s little girls

A quiet winter in a warm home for Dorina’s little girls

Dorina is one of those children from a broken family who ended up in an institution. She has experienced first-hand the lack of a warm, comforting home and what it is like to grow up without the safety net usually provided by the parents, an element that is crucial for a normal, harmonious development.

Training sessions for social workers in the Botoșani county

Training sessions for social workers in the Botoșani county

As part of an eight-year-old partnership, Hope and Homes for Children Romania and the Botoșani General Directorate for Social Assistance and Child Protection (DGASPC) have continued to implement their three-pillar support programme: preventing child-family separation, reintegrating children from the protection system back in their families, the social and professional insertion of young people leaving the system.

Dina’s story

Dina’s story

Dina wants to become a teacher to help other children, just as she herself received help from the teachers in the small group home where she grew up.

Bogdan’s Story - An independent life starts with “My First Home” 

Bogdan’s Story - An independent life starts with “My First Home” 

Bogdan is one of those young people still trying hard to overcome the dramatic moments in his life. Up to the age of 23, life has given him more sorrow than happiness, more tears than smiles. Because each and every day has been, in his own words, an attempt to “get over days and nights more easily”. He is a neat young man, he is affable, grateful, careful about how he treats those around, but unfortunately they are not always as considerate in return.  

The Mercaș story

The Mercaș story

From an insalubrious house to a fully-furbished household, a family with six children are on their way to a brighter future.

Nicolae’s Story

Nicolae’s Story

The story of Nicolae or how to rebuild your life when you get a second chance.

A room for Ivan

A room for Ivan

Ivan is a young man of 17 years from Cluj County. His life has been pretty tough so far, despite the fact that he lives with his family. His father lost his job and started drinking, his mother followed him on this path, the family income has declined, and Ivan felt overwhelmed by the hardships that the family went through. His mother would no longer feed him, wash his clothes, and his father would no longer pay him any attention and would not help out with the costs to attend high school. Ivan's brother would not help him much either, being busy to develop his own business in construction.