Rescuing the Street Children

tl_files/Bilder webbplatsen/Barnhem.jpgA brief history
In December 1989 the Romanian people revolted against the dictatorship and more than 40 years of communist rule. In an instant the world became aware of the horrible misery in which many of the children and young adults were living. Most of the orphanages were overcrowded, filthy and children were terribly neglected. Facilities management was practically nonexistent. Many children lived on the streets or tried to find shelter at the garbage dump or in the sewer system. After more than 20 years, of course, we see a notable and positive change but we see also that incomparable much remains to be done.

The photos in the gallery were taken after the revolution 1990.

Image gallery of Romanian State orpanage


Current situation
tl_files/Bilder webbplatsen/sniffa.jpgAs of today
(2012), we see that the street children of Romania still haunts the nation, being one of their social traumas inherited from a communist rule. Annually about 10 000 children are left at hospitals or at institutions. In the after math of the economic crisis this figure seems to increase rather than being deminished. The standard of the state-owned orpanages are still very poor, many are still over crowded, and offers a living standard far below what is worthy of any child living in a modern society. It is (even today) extremely difficult to meet the physical and emotional needs of these children.

tl_files/Bilder webbplatsen/CaminulFelix.jpgAiding in the recue of abandoned children
Since 1995 People to People International have been supporting the work among the orphaned and neglected children of Romania. We as an organization fully support Caminul Felix in their mission to meet the physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs of the children growing up in the families at Caminul Felix Family Villages. In a loving environment, the once orphaned and neglected children finally have found a safe place filled with love and care. Today the CFF villages care for approximately 250 children divided into 16 families living at two different locations (CF village I and II).

The Teenager House
tl_files/Bilder webbplatsen/Tonarshus.jpgThe work completeing the Teenager House, is done over a time span of 10 years (1999-2010) and consumed a lot of our time and economical resources. The building is now in full service and hosts young adults. The additional level that was added holds office spaces and also an apartment. After more than ten years, we can with satisfaction in our hearts, see this house being a great tool in the hands of the workers of Caminul Felix, in assisting them in their goal to restore the life’s of these young adults. The total project cost for building this house was approximately 340 000 USD (249 000€).