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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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