FARA provides vulnerable and disadvantaged children with a loving and supportive family life. The children are referred to FARA by Romania’s social services, after being identified in need. Many of the children have been traumatised by their past experiences and come to FARA with psychological and behavioural problems. FARA is able to offer the children access to beneficial therapies and support to heal these traumas. The children are loved and cared for in a safe environment where they know they will never again go to bed cold and hungry. Attention is paid to personal development with social and spiritual guidance to live fulfilled lives.
In our two purpose-built homes, St. Nicholas’ in Suceava and St. Gabriel’s in Bucharest, the children are given the chance of a family life, helping with household chores and learning to cook and care for each other. The homes run as bustling family spaces, where dinner is shared around a large table, games are played and discussions had, all contributing to the holistic approach where the needs of each individual are understood and relationships are nurtured.
At 18 years old, as in a conventional family, the children start to move towards a more independent life. FARA Charity continues to support the young adults in their chosen direction whether it is into further education and University or finding employment and being able to support themselves financially (FARA remains legally responsible for the children till the age of 26 while they are in education).
The children cared for by FARA over the years have stayed in contact with FARA and know they can always ask for help and support throughout their life, they really do feel part of the FARA family.
For the first five years of his life Adrian lived with his father and siblings, their mother having left the family suffering from alcohol dependency problems. Living in serious poverty, with little support and with the help of social services Adrian’s father came to FARA. Adrian was welcomed into our St Nicholas Family Home, into a life where he was nurtured and began to shine.
Adrian enjoyed secondary school and was a keen member of the local sports club and Scouts where he participated in many local and national camps and helped coordinate events. He has grown into a friendly, funny and active young person, and now studies at the University of Suceava. Adrian lives in a FARA home until he finishes his studies, when he aims to find a job, a flat and begin his independent life. Through FARA Adrian has been offered possibilities, a chance to feel loved and secure, and the space to realise his full potential, create meaningful relationships and develop his self-confidence.
The FARA family will always be there for Adrian, throughout his life, it is an unconditional bond.
We wish Adrian good luck with his studies!
Adrian’s story is true, however his name has been changed to protect his privacy.