Supporters of FARA know that the contribution they make will have a direct and lasting impact on the quality of life of Romanian children. Whether they help indirectly, through purchases and donations of clothes at FARA’s shops, or directly through charitable donations they can be assured that not a penny is ever wasted on needless overheads.
With 25 years of experience of working in Romania, FARA understands how and where it needs to focus its activities. Well-respected by Romania’s authorities, it is highly adept in negotiating at local and national levels in pursuit of its aim – a brighter future for the country’s vulnerable and neglected children and young people.
FARA does not wish to encourage dependency on outside aid. Through its sister charity in Romania the FARA Foundation develops and demonstrates good practice in the care of children and young people using models of care that have been validated over many years in the UK. As these models are adopted in mainstream institutions in Romania FARA will ensure that overall management of its projects is increasingly provided at a local level. FARA also advocates strongly at government and EU levels for social and economic inclusion of marginalised children, young people and their families.
FARA relies heavily on raising money in the UK as under 5% of our funds come from state funding in Romania. The Fundatia FARA in Romania is building a fundraising team and receives many gifts in kind and works with companies with a charitable remit. A significant amount of our income comes from our 43 charity shops in London.
As recipients of money donated by the public we ensure that funds are carefully used to assist as many children and young people as possible. We therefore keep our overheads in the UK and in Romania as low as possible and maintain rigorous budgetary controls at all times.
Yet we are aware that there is always far more that we could do, with additional income and we are working towards getting statutory funding in country to support the programmes FARA Charity provides and campaigning at an EU level for support and aid for some of Europe’s poorest and most marginalised people.