Here come the boxes

Great news! Thanks to generous donations, our appeal for funds to cover shoe box transport to Romania has already reached its £250 target!

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Health apprentices at St Theresa's!

At St Theresa’s Centre, child-centred therapy has just entered a new phase. Children have turned into health professionals!

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Jane Nicholson is 'Woman of the Year'

FARA Foundation’s Chairman Jane Nicholson was in Bucharest on 24 February to receive a prestigious award from the Romanian magazine Avantaje.

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Halloween's a great hit

Halloween may not be a typical Romanian custom, but staff at the FARA’s therapy centres saw it as a great opportunity for some unusual and therapeutic arts and crafts sessions.

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Let it snow, let it snow!

Half-term holidays have been a special treat for children in FARA’s family homes. Even the winter weather didn’t stop them from having a great time in Romania’s stunning outdoors.

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Seed drill reaches destination

Staff at OAT Farm were over the moon earlier recently when a specialist seed drill arrived at its final destination after a long trip across Europe from Worcestershire, England, courtesy of Kimbolton Castle Rotary Club.

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St Teresa's children inspired by local students' visit

Even the smallest children in FARA’s family have an answer to the question ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ And if you were now to pop that question to those attending St Teresa’s complex needs centre in Falticeni the chances are you’d get the reply ‘A student!’.

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Happy Birthday Foyer!

The Foyer Foundation in Satu Mare celebrated its twelfth birthday on 1 October. Since its founding an impressive total of 127 young people have been helped into independent living.

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Wetley's eco-warriors warm Romania

In mid-2014 St John's Church of England Primary School at Wetley Rocks in Staffordshire contacted FARA with a generous offer. The children had knitted colourful woollen blankets and now wanted to donate them to families in need of extra warmth for the winter.

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Celebrations at St Gabriel's

FARA’s St. Gabriel’s home has just celebrated its 15th anniversary. It was in 1999 that it opened its doors to the first group of abandoned children and offered them a home where they could always feel cared for and loved.

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A royal celebration for FARA

FARA’s 25th anniversary year ended on a celebratory note with a reception in London hosted by our Royal Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.

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See our summer newsletter

A lot has been happening in our projects in Romania - and FARA's Summer Update is a really good way of catching up on all the latest news.

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Totes in time for Christmas

FARA shops have launched a new range of their ever-popular totes bags and purses. It's not too late to order one for Christmas ... and contribute to our vital work among Romania's poorest.

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The FARA Workshop comes to town

Now open to both browsers and buyers The FARA Workshop is an exciting new FARA initiative creating new clothes from old.

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New child sponsorship scheme launched

A new child sponsorship scheme has been launched by FARA. Aimed at alleviating child poverty in desperately poor villages in north-east Romania the scheme will promote school attendance and family welfare.

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New Europe – new FARA website!

FARA’s just-launched new website is a textbook example of European collaboration! So says Tim Burton, FARA’s Communications Advisor who is based in Norfolk, UK.

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New FARA house opens its doors

FARA's beautiful new community home, Casa Elizabeta (Elizabeth House) has just opened its doors to residents.

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FARA staff help following scalding drama

Cornelia Mihaescu, FARA’s who directs FARA in Romania, explains FARA’s involvement in a bid to help a little girl after a very serious domestic accident. We hope to have more news of little Beatrice in the New Year.

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Bucharest reception celebrates FARA

Paul Brummell, British Ambassador to Romania, recently hosted a reception in Bucharest to mark FARA’s 25th Anniversary. Those present at the event included directors and representatives of large companies in Romania.

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One successful secondment!

Iuliana Lapadat, who became part of the FARA community at St Gabriels in 1992, has just sent us this fascinating account of her recent visit to the UK. Thank you Iuliana, for all your help at FARA’s Notting Hill shop.

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Telegraph features FARA Charity

The Sunday Telegraph recently featured an interview with FARA's Chairman Jane Nicholson.

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Children delighted by Santa's magic

Anyone doubting whether Santa Claus can be in several places at once should contact FARA’s centres in Suceava, Falticeni and Bucharest.

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A letter from Dominica

As a resident at St Nicholas Family Home, Dominica was one of the first children to be cared for by FARA. When she grew up she moved into sheltered housing at St Mary’s Community Home. Recently she got married, and she wanted to share her sentiments in a short letter.

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A new home for St Nicholas

In Romania, December 5 is widely celebrated as the Feast of St Nicholas. And from this year, for all involved in FARA, it will also be remembered as the day when the children of St. Nicholas moved into a new house.

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View our Anniversary Update

Our Anniversary Update is now available with lots of exciting news about FARA.

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Artist Mihaela brightens Emmanuel Centre

Gray winter weather makes us want to stay longer indoors. But who says that the atmosphere inside has to be gray? Not Suceava-based artist Mihaela Ursache. 

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It's holiday time!

As vacation time arrives in Romania, FARA’s children and young people have been enjoying the summer sunshine.

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Suceava centres pool resources

Children love water regardless of the season. And if it’s too far to the sea – or too cold! – it's a great treat to visit the local swimming pool.

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I-spy Spiderman

Every July children from St Gabriel’s are invited to a sports day sponsored by Bucharest company Menatwork. This year, along with the children of employees, they were amazed to meet some very special guests.

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Generous friends donate birthdays to FARA

Everyone loves a birthday, including that warm feeling which comes with opening gifts from friends and relations. But recently two friends of FARA gave all this up and urged friends to donate the amount they would have spent on a gift.

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A touching testimonial

Eugen is a resident at St Joseph’s Community Home near Suceava. He recently wrote to us, telling us about his life there. FARA News is pleased to publish his story.

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School pupils say 'Thank you for the boots!'

Children in a small village near Suceava, weren’t looking forward to winter. The next few months brought the prospect of a painful trek through the snow to school each day, wearing leaky boots. Now all that has changed, thanks to FARA.

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An unforgettable weekend of celebrations

Children, staff and a host of supporters gathered in Bucharest for an unforgettable weekend of celebrations to mark FARA's 25th Anniversary. (Our short video captures it all!)

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Baia pupils go back to school

It's back to school for children on FARA's rural development programmes. This can be a challenging time for parents - but rising pupil numbers show they put a high value on their children's education.

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New FARA documentary launched

We're delighted to launch a new documentary, completed to coincide with our 25th Anniversary celebrations: a great introduction to our current work in Romania.

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Roofs rise in Bahna Arini

Renovations at Bahna Arini village are well on the way to completion, thanks to the generosity of donors and fundraisers in the UK.

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Ewen's run boosts FARA funds

FARA supporter Ewen Gibson ran the London Marathon to raise money for FARA Shops' Therapy Centres appeal. Thanks to his generous sponsors, donations are now miles above the target.

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Happy Birthday Emmanuel Centre!

September 14 was the start of the new school year in Romania – and also the first anniversary of the opening of the Emmanuel drop-in centre in Suceava.

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Read Nydes' story

In this newly published testimonial Nydes Ishiwatari describes his remarkable and inspiring journey from a state orphanage to a new life in Japan - and explains how FARA helped make this possible.

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Football friendly boosts funds for FARA

FARA has just received a generous donation, thanks to the generosity of Scottish football supporters. Here’s how it happened.

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Jane Nicholson speaks about FARA

In a short, newly commissioned video (with Romanian subtitles) Jane Nicholson MBE, FARA's founder and Chair, reflects on all that FARA means to her as the charity celebrates its 25th anniversary year.

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Szily's talent wins through

Banyi Szilard, known to his friends simply as Szily, is an up-and-coming painter at the Northern Theatre in Satu Mare. His life has been a struggle. But thanks to FARA's Foyer centre his prospects were turned round dramatically.

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Baia children take a first step away from poverty

The small community of Baia has a well-equipped kindergarten. But many parents send their children attend only infrequently, or not at all. Now FARA has found a great way to encourage them.

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Catch up with our summer news

Our summer news update is now out - full of the latest information about our projects in Romania and including some exciting news of future plans.

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A Royal Greeting for FARA

FARA is pleased to publish a message received from our Royal Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, to mark our 25th Anniversary.

We are delighted to have the continuing support of His Royal Highness. His kind words are a wonderful endorsement of our work.

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Angel flies high for FARA

In March 2015 the FARA shop in Islington, London N1 was transformed into a new retail concept and since that date FARA Angel - as it’s now known - has been flying high.

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Wedding bells ring at Bahna Arini

We’ve already reported on the success of our house renovation campaign in the village of Bahna Arini. Now the families involved, mostly unmarried couples with children, are starting to breathe new life into their relationships. And FARA is supporting them along the way.

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St Gabriel's cools off down on the farm

The latest of St Gabriel’s summer events has been a visit to a sheep farm. In true FARA fashion, this involved a lot more than just looking at the animals.

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London church to host anniversary concert

London's landmark 'Carmelite Church' is to host a celebration concert to mark FARA's 25th anniversary. The church near Hyde Park will be the venue for a sparkling evening of vocal favourites from the classical repertoire.

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New FARA video: it's all about my mother!

FARA Foundation in Romania has just launched a new short promotional video. Based on the theme of 'mother' children and young people provide touching tesimonials to the impact of FARA on their lives.

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Partnership success at Baia

One World Foundation, which supports educational projects for children around the world, has generously agreed to partner with FARA and contribute to the cost of educational materials on one of our ‘Tackling Poverty through Education’ projects.

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A fun-filled summer for FARA's children

It’s proving a summer of fun for children at FARA’s homes and centres as they enjoy the warm sunshine and welcome some very special guests.

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Let's make the most of half-term!

Winter half term may be a short holiday but that doesn’t prevent it being a fun time. For a few days children from St Nicholas Family Home in Suceava were able to set aside their schoolbooks and head off for some new faces and places.

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Baia pupils mark end of term

The 80 children in FARA’s school programme in the village of Baia near Suceava have just attended their end-of-term award ceremony.

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A new beginning for the children of Baia

This year, thanks to FARA a total of 24 children from families with no form of income will have an extra chance to create a better future. A third programme to increase school attendance is is about to open in the village of Baia, southwest of Suceava.

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Andreea and Marius tie the knot

It was love at first sight when St Michael's resident Andreea Boghean met Marius.

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Happy Birthday Marian

Marian, from St Joseph's home, recently celebrated his 29th birthday - in true local style!

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Ten years of tackling rural poverty

June 1st had a special significance for FARA’s staff and children in northeast Romania. As well as being the World Day of the Child it was also the tenth anniversary of the groundbreaking Tackling Poverty through Education programme.

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A moving testimonial

Virma Barcsa joined the FARA family as a four-year old in 1998. At a gathering at St Nicholas Family Home on St Nicholas Day she gave a memorable and moving testimonial to her time with FARA.

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All's in place for 2015 Appeal

As the FARA Shops 2015 Appeal gets under way, encouraging news is reaching us from Romania. FARA's Project Manager, Firuta Pastrav, tells us that everything is now in place for construction work to begin.

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Bikes bring joy at St Nicholas

The children of St. Nicholas Family Home in Suceava saw a dream come true last weekend. Each received the gift of a bicycle from JCI Suceava (part of the international Junior Chamber movement) at their annual ‘Bizz Bike - Business Bicycle’ event.

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Samuel children dance the day away

Children at the Samuel Centre recently took part in worldwide celebrations for the International Day of Dance – speaking its universal language through music and movement.

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Bucharest here we pedal

On Saturday 29th two cyclists are setting out on a sponsored ride from London to Bucharest. We’re so grateful to Silviu Chirila and Alex Alexandrescu for their fundraising on behalf of FARA.

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2015 Appeal Launched

FARA's 49 shops are the charity's principal source of UK income. Now shops staff are organising a dramatic new fundraising appeal - to literally raise the roof on rural poverty!

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Read our latest news

Our 2017 News is now available. So much has been happening that we've published an extended edition this year!

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2015 Appeal Launched (2)

FARA's 49 shops are the charity's principal source of UK income. Now shops staff are organising a dramatic new fundraising appeal - to literally raise the roof on rural poverty!

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Royal Patron visits FARA projects

As part of his first official state visit to Romania HRH The Prince of Wales, FARA's Royal Patron, visited FARA staff and residents in Bucharest on Thursday 30 March. His Royal Highness met residents and staff from our family homes, therapy centres and 'Foyer' residential training projects.

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Choc charity teams up with FARA

FARA Charity is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by charity Choc4Change as one of its two beneficiaries. Choc4Change aims to help and change the lives of underprivileged children and their families in Romania.

 

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A news boost for FARA

An interview with FARA's founder and Chairman has just featured prominently in London's Evening Standard. A readership of one million plus learnt about our pioneering work - and how they can help - thanks to a new collaboration between FARA Shops and fashion brand HoneyRocks.

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Emmanuel Centre welcomes volunteers

Over 40 volunteers from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at the University of Suceava come regularly to the Emmanuel Therapy Centre to support the children there.

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Coming out gleaming

The children in our Tackling Poverty Through Education programme don’t have any routine access to a dentist. So it’s great that our friend and supporter Dr Lungu recently offered to treat them free of charge.

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Books galore at Baia and Bogata

In 2014 FARA opened a special library for children who are part of the Tackling Poverty Through Education programme. Now, one thing has led to another.

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An emotional reunion for Sorina

Homeless at the age of five, Sorina entered St Gabriel’s family home in 2010. And for more than five years she had no news of her mother or her siblings. Then, one day just after Christmas she was invited to dinner with her family.

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All set for spring at St Joseph's

The young people at St Joseph have been busy building – indoors and outdoors – with some early season garden work in the work time remaining.

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Christmas appeal success

Just before Christmas we ran an appeal for school equipment for children in one of Romania's poorest districts. It met with a very generous response. Thank you to all our donors!

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Samuel Centre celebrates eight successful years

On 5 March FARA’s Samuel Centre in Bucharest celebrated its eighth birthday. This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to enjoy some special activities.

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