Introducing FARA

FARA transforms the lives of Romania's most deprived and vulnerable children and young people. It has been active in Romania since 1991, when the deplorable conditions in the country's state orphanages were first revealed to the world.

In Romanian 'fara' means ‘without’. Many of Romania’s children are still living without the care, nurture, education and individual attention that all children are entitled to according to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

FARA works in Bucharest and in Romania’s poor and rural northeast (Suceava) and northwest (Satu Mare).  

  • In two small family homes FARA looks after vulnerable and neglected children, providing a loving, secure environment where past traumas can be healed and trust restored
  • In four residential community homes we help young adults with additional needs reach their full potential and play their part in their local communities. Many of these young people have intellectual disabilities. Some have mental health issues resulting from past experiences of abuse.
  • Through three therapy centres for children with special needs we offer families a lifeline of fresh hope for their children's future.  
  • Our Tackling Poverty Through Education programme provides community-based education and social support, breaking the cycle of rural poverty and deprivation.
  • Using the internationally accredited 'Foyer' model of support, we provide residential training in social and vocational skills for young adults from impoverished backgrounds, transforming their chances of finding long-term employment and leading a fulfilled family life.

This website contains lots more information about the children and young adults we support and the programmes we have established. All of these require continuous financial support in order to flourish.