Last year, Hope and Homes for Children Romania invested 3 million euros in the reform of the child protection system. See here the annual report of the Foundation, and below, a summary of the most important results:
3 orphanages closed, 4 family houses built
In 2021, Hope and Homes for Children Romania supported the closure of 3 orphanages and opened 4 family homes in Bucharest, Neamt, Oradea and Sibiu, providing access to normality to a number of 48 children, who are now regaining their dignity through independence and autonomy.
The foundation is building the first integrated community service centre
The year 2021 also marks the start of the organisation’s fourth pillar of interventions, by building the first centre of integrated community services in Mălin, Codlea. The community centre is a pioneering investment in the Romanian social protection system, with a 360-degree approach to meeting the needs of vulnerable communities. The services offered by the community centre are: medical assistance, social assistance, day centre/after school, hygiene centre (washing machines, bathrooms).
1.800 children helped to stay together with their families
“In 2021, we were able to keep at home, together with their families, about 1.800 children at risk of separation from their parents due to poverty. We supported 140 other young people who left the protection system, by paying rent and utilities, covering basic needs (such as food or hygiene products, clothing and footwear, dental consultations or interventions), providing recommendation for finding a job, professional training sessions, but also psychological support and specialized counselling, in order to create the premises for successful integration on the labour market and in the community “, says Robert Ion, Fundraising and Communications Director at Hope and Homes for Children Romania.
For 23 years, Hope and Homes for Children Romania has been offering dignity to children and their families:
- 63 orphanages were closed; 1,792 children were taken home; 116 family homes became “home” for almost 1.400 children;
- 38.000 children remained close to their families, ensuring financial stability and health security in marginalized families at risk of separation;
- 2.000 young people over the age of 18, meaning the age of leaving the protection system, benefited from socio-professional integration actions.
We also said #IAmHere to the children from Ukrainian orphanages
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Hope and Homes for Children Romania has been supporting 230 children from classical or family orphanages from Ukraine who were placed in the care of DGASPC Bucharest, Iasi, Prahova and Brasov. So far, the Foundation has provided financial, logistical and human support worth over 100.000 Euro in the accommodation and childcare process for children with protection measures from Ukraine, but also through emergency interventions in refugee reception centres.
See the 2021 annual report of Hope and Homes for Children Romania, a report on Human Dignity and the struggle to ensure or regain it.