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THE POWER OF THE COMMUNITY
MOVES UNMOVABLE THINGS.

An Annual Report on the hearts that beat together and to whom we thank,
in the name of vulnerable children!

By himself, a man can feed a mouth, clothe a child or comfort him. A community is a force, it can build a house, close an orphanage and change destinies. We thank to the Hope and Homes for Children community:

  • 19.000
individual donors
  • 268
companies
  • +50

public persons

who, in 2022, offered to almost 2,300 vulnerable children the right and the chance to grow up away from the orphanage, in a family or in a place where they can feel like “Home”.

A COMMUNITY GROWS OVER TIME.

“99 is not 100”. Each “+1” means another welcome help for vulnerable families, but also courage for us. With each new ambassador, company or individual donor, our goals have grown from year to year, in 24 years of work and impact in the reform of the child protection system in Romania.

From 1998 until today, with the help of all those who came, believed and stayed with us:

+40.000
of children

kept at home, in their families and away from the orphanage

66
closed orphanages

over 7000 children removed and 1800 returned home

122
family-type homes

built for children in orphanages

2265
of young people

guided for an independent living

"IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD."

In 2022, we felt more than ever that in our village we have good neighbours, friends, that our village has grown and is there to support us in our mission for vulnerable children.

THE POWER OF EXAMPLE GATHERS GOOD DEEDS AROUND: GOOD ANSWERS TO GOOD.

In 2022, we had the joy of having by our side a double world swimming champion, but above all, a man with a good mind: David Popovici, who measures his humanity not only in kilometres swum, but also in good deeds.

#DavidpentruFlorentina was the strongest crowdfunding campaign on the Galantom platform in 2022: almost 3000 donations, over 40,000 euros donated in four weeks.

David donated his world champion helmet and goggles to Florentina, former world vice-champion in junior rowing and single mother of three children aged between 4 and 8. Florentina is struggling with a serious illness, and her vulnerability is even greater because of the accumulated deprivations. From the collected money, together with David, many other Good people and other companies, we managed to offer Florentina and her children a warm and welcoming Home – a 3-room house, so that Florentina could keep the children safe, next to her.

Along with Ionela & Marius Cozmiuc, Amalia Enache, together with Genpact and JYSK Romania, we kept 3 children at HOME.

With your support, another 2,413 of the most vulnerable children stayed with their parents and away from the orphanage last year.

IN ROMANIA, POVERTY REALLY RIPS CHILDREN AWAY FROM PARENTS.

To prevent this from happening, our interventions go to cases of extreme vulnerability:

  • a house that needs to be consolidated, renovated or furnished; a roof that needs rehabilitation;
  • a properly equipped room so that a child can do his homework and not to give up school;
  • food, clothing and footwear, hygiene products;
  • drugs;
  • money for school transport;
  • rent payment;
  • an animal near the house, for food;
  • paying for the driving school, so that the father can get a job;
  • professional, psychological counselling, psychotherapy.

Together with the LaPrimulBebe parent group,
we are closing an orphanage
and building a home.

THE POWER OF LOVE
FOR EVERYONE'S CHILDREN

A community of parents has a strength that no other community has.

Run over six days, the humanitarian campaign #InchideCercul supported by the LaPrimulBebe group collected from the parents the amount needed to put the lock on the gate of the orphanage from Rupea, Brașov county, by building a family home for the children. Moreover, the amount collected ensures the purchase of the land if the situation requires it, as well as the furnishing and complete equipment of three other family houses built by Hope and Homes for Children.

The LaPrimulBebe community thus joins Hope and Homes for Children, to build the first family home from individual donations.

In 2022, we closed for good 2 other orphanages (the Dumbrava Minunata Placement Center from Pomârla, Botoșani and the Family-type Placement Center for children with disabilities, Bistrita) and continued the process of closing another 10.

WHERE DO THE CHILDREN GO ONCE WE CLOSE AN ORPHANAGE?

When starting the closing procedure – which can last up to 2 years – for each child we identify, together with the institutional partners, the most suitable housing solution:

  • for some, reintegration into the natural or extended family is possible;
  • for others, there is the possibility of foster care or adoption;
  • we help young people to become independent, by securing a job and a home;
  • and there are children for whom none of the above options are feasible – for them we build family houses, which recreate an environment as close as possible to the family one

In total, 290 children left old-style institutions as a result of our deinstitutionalization efforts.

NUMBERS WEIGH HEAVIER WHEN COUNTING CHILDREN.

Mara is just one of the vulnerable children we were able to help, supported by our entire community. She recently returned home with her younger sisters after 2 years in foster care. Not because they were abused or neglected or because the parents didn’t love their girls, but because of the poverty and deprivation that really put the girls at risk.

In order to bring them back home, the parents had to be able to provide them with decent living conditions. This is where we intervened, with your help – and we helped them with construction materials to build an outbuilding, with a bathroom and a kitchen. The construction was entirely done by the father, helped also by his wife – because we always ask for the involvement of the parents and the assumption of an important part of the change.

Like Mara’s story, each of the more than 1,800 stories of children that we have returned home in 24 years of interventions is loaded with a strong sense of vulnerability, but also of success and the belief that although poverty can really break children from parents, people can bring them together, again.

HOW DO WE RETURN CHILDREN TO THE FAMILY FROM THE ORPHANAGE?

Bringing the children back home, to their parents or relatives, is the first solution we consider, for every child we remove from the orphanage. But, unfortunately, it is not always possible to do this. In fact, the number of children reintegrated into the family is always small:

  • we need to have someone to return them to, be it one or both parents, grandparents, uncles or other relatives;
  • the relevant adult(s) must want the child reintegration and must be physically, mentally and morally suitable;
  • they must also have a place to return the child to and the necessary means to keep the child safe at home; in this sense, we start a social investigation, in partnership with the local authority, for a correct assessment;
  • if material shortages stand in the way of family reunion, we intervene, from renovating or building and furnishing a room, to helping parents get a job or buy an animal next to the house, which can represent a source of food.

Thank you, Alliance Healthcare!

The community is born of commitment.

And commitment allows us to make Home plans for children.

Together with individual donors and 4 companies, in 2022 we have built 6 family houses.

Bistrita-Năsăud and Botoșani are the counties where we have closed this year two orphanages and moved the children to a family environment that every child needs in order to become a strong adult. In 2022 we have also started the construction for other 6 family houses and 1 family apartment (Bistrița-Năsăud, Neamț, Iași, Bihor and Bucharest).

See here what the children discovered when they moved Home in 2022: Târgu-Neamț, Bistrița-Năsăud, Pomârla, Domnești.

WE ASKED THE CHILDREN FROM A FAMILY HOME HOW IS IT AT 'HOME' AND WHY WASN'T IT BETTER 'AT THE PLACEMENT CENTER'?

At home you walk in bare feet, when you arrive tired and all you want is to relax. Home is NOT the place where you always have your shoes on.”

At home there are large and bright windows, no bars on the window and no doorman.”

At home you can always open the fridge, because you have your kitchen. In the center it was difficult to enter the kitchen”.

At home I no longer keep a lock on the wardrobe, I am not afraid anymore that someone will steal something of mine.”

At home there are no longer those long dark hallways, I didn’t like them.”

At home I can do my homework, I can study. I don’t think I could have entered the university if I stayed in the center, there was too much noise and agitation there”.

We opened the Home door together with: Kaufland România, JYSK România, AREI (Association of Real Estate Investors), The Velux Foundations.

We started the construction of Home together with: Kaufland România, Fundația de Sprijin Comunitar, Fundația Carl von Linde, LPP Fashion România, Inditex România, Fondation Saint-Gobain. Thank you!

Together with our donors, we supported 125 young people
to start an independent life.

WHAT DOES A YOUNG MAN NEED WHEN LEAVING THE PROTECTION SYSTEM?

Guidance, a place of his own, trust, practical skills, financial support. But above all, a direction and the certainty that he can manage on his own in any aspect of life.

With your support, we help these young people with rent payment, house maintenance, money for food and clothing. We also advise them to make the best decisions, help them prepare their CV, cover the vocational training costs or the driving school ones, if needed.

Also with your help, the second transit center
is ready to receive young people leaving the protection system.

Left alone after leaving the placement centre, young people leaving the protection system face a reality they cannot face. For them, we have built the second transit center, in Botoșani, to offer them safety and facilitate their transition to an independent life, through counseling, assistance and monitoring services and interventions (we opened the first transit center in Baia Mare, in 2016).

WHAT IS A TRANSIT CENTER?

In a transit center, young people benefit from accommodation for a period between 6 and 24 months, as well as support from a social worker, psychologist and medical assistant, in order to step into their new life as prepared as possible.

We can support and guide some of the most vulnerable young people, with the help of Kaufland România. Thank you!

#TeamHope: together with 570 people and 18 companies,
we are building a house for 7 children.

A UNITED COMMUNITY CAN TRANSFORM KILOMETERS INTO A HOME.

In 2022, in a village cut off from the world in Neamț County, 7 children were in danger of being taken away from their mother and father, due to the difficult living conditions. The small children, together with their parents and two older brothers, lived in 2 improvised rooms, made only of beams and pressed clay, even those affected by a recent fire. To keep the cold from entering the house, children and parents stuffed old clothes through the cracks. They had no water, they carried it from 2 km away with a cart and a horse, their only wealth. They didn’t even have access to electricity, because the house was 7 km away from the village. The father works during the day, whenever he can, and the mother and older brothers take care of the small children and the few chickens in the yard.

WHAT HAVE WE DONE?

We mobilized people and companies, opened our hearts and walked miles and miles.

We ran, collected money and started building the house. With the support of the mayor, the teacher, who is still near the children, the priest and the whole community, the little house is growing.

DAR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GIFTED CHILDREN.

DAR Scholarships are a gift for gifted children and young people who have the strength to stand up, know what they want and can do and want more – despite so much material deprivation and emotional trauma. In 2022, we launched the pilot program and aim to support performance and excellence every year where vulnerability risks robbing truly extraordinary children of their right to shine.

€2000 is the value of each of the 10 excellence scholarships offered in 2022 for our most vulnerable children and for their extraordinary results at school, in sport or in arts – resources for the young scholarship holders to use, guided by the Foundation’s social workers, to support their performance and not to abandon their dream.

The jury included – and we thank them for their involvement and support – psychologist Diana Vasile (President of the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Trauma), journalist Florin Negrutiu, violinist Alexandru Tomescu, journalist Mihai Morar, trainer Dorin Boabeș (MindArchitect) and representatives of the Foundation.

Come meet our DAR scholarships HERE.

Thank you, Alliance Healthcare and JYSK România!

Together with local and international donors,
we supported more than 7800 Ukrainian adults and children.

HUMANITY IS SEEN WHEN IT IS DIFFICULT.
#IAMHERE FOR UKRAINE.

The drama of children and adults in Ukraine continues. As well as the need for us – especially those from nearby countries – to offer them help. In 2022, we supported more than 7,800 Ukrainian refugees.

We have been near them with financial, logistical and human support since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine. Among them, 300 are institutionalized children from orphanages or family-type services in the area of the cities of Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa and Ismail. Currently, they are in the care of our partners, DGASPC Bucharest, Iași, Prahova and Brașov.

HOW DID WE SAY #IAMHERE
FOR UCRAINE?

  • The aid provided the refugees with food, clothing, shoes, personal hygiene items, access to Romanian language courses and counseling on access to the labor market; it also covered rent and utility costs.
  • The children were supported to be able to attend school both online (laptops, tablets) and physically, in the case of those who started school in Romania (schoolbags, teaching materials and educational resources).
  • To offer them a life as close to normality as possible, Hope and Homes for Children organized camps and trips, theater programs, opera and sports activities, as well as leisure activities.

In 2023, our priority remains the care of children – those who arrived from orphanages in Ukraine, but also those accompanied by their families: 500 refugees. We will continue to offer them shelter, food, basic products, psychological support, but also support for integration into the communities where they are.

To also help Ukrainian refugees, we prepared a set of videos – a resource with the most important information for those fleeing the path of war and arriving in Romania.

Thank you, UiPath Foundation, Terre des Hommes Netherlands, Fondation de France, Fondation Le Lous, NN, Banca Transilvania, Euroins, Exxon Mobil, Alliance Healthcare, Kaufland România, JYSK România, LPP Fashion România, Think Human Foundation și Webhelp România, Pragmatic Play, Fundația Carl von LindeAmbasada Franței în România și Institutul Francez din România , Fondation La Petite Etoile, TDCX, Fundația Comunitară București, Coca–Cola HBC, DHSBABY, Klintensiv, Pfizer, RSM, Fokker Engineering, SOS Security, Genpact, Spin Master, Brick Depot, BIC România, La Marzocco!

Along with Maxbet Romania,
we are building the first Respiro center in Iasi

VULNERABILITY HAS MANY FACES.
BUT TOGETHER WE SUPPORT THEM ALL.

For many, vulnerability means poverty, for others, vulnerability means disability or health problems. In 2022 we secured funding for the first Respiro center we will build, hoping it will be a chance for children with moderate and severe special needs to stay close to their parents. The center will have a capacity of 12 places and will offer integrated care and recovery services for a specified period for children and young people between the ages of 0 and 18, as well as counseling and guidance for their families.

HOW DOES A RESPIRO CENTER HELP?

Once finished the construction of the Respiro Center, children and young people with special needs will benefit from:

  • accommodation, meals, supervision and care services by specialized staff;
  • physical therapy, psychological counseling, occupational therapy, social assistance;
  • speech therapy, socialization, empowerment/rehabilitation, recreation and emotional support.

Currently, more than 3,300 children and young people with disabilities live in Iași County, of which almost 500 are in foster care and 2,800 in biological families. A Respiro center will represent for many of them the chance to stay together.

Thank you, MaxBet Romania!

Together with Amalia Enache and her guests, we launched season 2 of the podcast
“Cu inima la vedere”

THE MORE, THE MORE EXPERIENCES AND LIFE LESSONS.

A large community doesn’t just build things, its members inspire each other, help and learn from each other. That’s what we want with the Cu inima la vedere podcast.

For all the parents who follow us, in 2022 we filmed 7 episodes. The host, Amalia Enache, together with Adela Popescu, Oana Moraru, Maia Morgenstern, Dr. Mihai Craiu, Atena Boca, Mihai Morar and Cuzin Toma spoke with an open heart about the emotions, fears, questions and anxieties that we all experience as parents or children. The two podcast seasons have over 1,500,000 views on the Foundation’s YouTube account, and for that we thank all the followers!

HERE you can watch all the episodes.

Thanks for your partnership, UiPath Foundation!

When you have many friends and such a solid community, we dare to increase the goals and the number of children we help to stay at Home. Help us go further:

SEND HOPE TO 8844

Month by month, contribute with 2 Euros to our programs.

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DONATE DIRECTLY FROM THE CARD

Go to https://hopeandhomes.ro/doneaza/ and choose the amount you want to donate, monthly or once.

REDIRECT 3.5% OF INCOME TAX

Complete and sign the form HERE, until May 25, 2023. We will take care of sending it to ANAF.

FORM 177

Request ANAF to redirect to Hope and Homes for Children unused amounts during the year, up to 20% of income tax/profit from taxes already paid. You can find more information about Form 177 HERE.

REDIRECT 20% OF THE COMPANY'S INCOME TAX OR PROFIT

Complete the sponsorship contract with your company data and download it HERE.

DONATE YOUR BIRTHDAY

Here you need a few simple steps:

  • before your birthday, send an e-mail to ema(at)hopeandhomes.ro with your date of birth, contact details, the title of your Galantom page, your picture and the amount you want to collect;
  • we create a fundraising page for you, then send you the link to your donation page;
  • you spread the word to friends and invite them to donate.

We thank you because, through the power of the community, we were able to close orphanages and build family homes in 2022 too, keep children close to their parents and help the most vulnerable young people get a good start for an independent life!

INCOME

Sponsorships and donations 15,553,070 lei
Grants 98,571 lei
Hope and Homes for Children network 9,010,527 lei
European Funds 2,600,895 lei
Other incomes 752,988 lei
TOTAL 28,016,051 lei

COSTS

Development of infrastructure services (family houses, transit centers, community centers, etc.) 8,228,629 lei
Prevention of separation of the child from the family, family reintegration and socio-professional insertion of young people 2,160,051 lei
Other programmatic expenses (incl. direct operational costs and human resources) 16,995,886 lei
Indirect costs (operational and human resources) 4,142,415 lei
Costs related to the implementation of projects financed by EU funds 752,988 lei
TOTAL 32,279,969 lei

Given that the investments in the social protection infrastructure made by the Foundation (construction of family houses, transit centers, Respiro centers, community centers, etc.) take place over several years, the expenses related to the transferred properties vary annually, as the properties are completed, furnished and equipped and subsequently donated. The costs related to these buildings are recorded in the accounting at the time of their transfer, that is, when making the final inventory and donating the buildings to the final beneficiary (public authorities or other entities).

We say openly and honestly that all this GOOD would not have been possible without our partners who turn our thoughts into GOOD deeds:

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