FARA's three Hostels offer life skills mentoring and accommodation to young people from institutions and broken homes for up to two years.
Over the last six years, we’ve helped around 130 young people aged 18 to 26 years, to access the training and work they need in order to gain employment and live an independent life.
Each FARA Hostel is set within a community and can give a home and support to up to 18 young people at a time. There is a great need in Romania for this kind of holistic approach to support for young people. At the age of eighteen children leave state run institutional care and are left to fend for themselves. Without the help of FARA many of these young people are likely to fall into a life of poverty, drug use and homelessness.
It is vital that FARA extends this programme to tackle poverty and homelessness amongst the young people of Romania. The programme is developing outreach programmes in the community to give advice and access to training, employment, housing and personal support. Giving the deprived and marginalised young people the support they need can break the cycle of poverty and lead to fulfilled independent lives. Please donate to help us grow this vital project.
Vulnerable young people need more than just a roof over their head- they need support and nurturing. FARA Charity through its hostel programme provides the care and support that a young person taking their first steps towards an independent life could expect to receive from a parent.
During their time with FARA the young people learn to live as part of a community sharing living space, kitchens and household duties. Respect for each other, support of each other and care of each other is all part of the journey and the young people develop their emotional skills as well as their practical skills.
Personal mentors work closely with the young people to help them on their journeys by giving advice and creating a personal development plan so that each young person can build a new life while tackling the issues which resulted in them being in a position of hardship and need.
Their plan helps them to learn life skills such as personal financial management, cooking, assertiveness, work skills and finding and maintaining employment and ultimately independent residency.