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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Telegraph features FARA Charity

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

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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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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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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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View our Anniversary Update

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Happy Birthday Marian

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

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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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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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