Romania

Why World Vision is in Romania


A long history of our activism and work for child protection in Romania has steadily altered unjust practices of abuse and neglect. Romania is consistently one of the poorest countries in the EU. Factors like a deep urban-rural divide and high income inequality keep nearly half of the country’s children impoverished. This widespread poverty deeply impacts issues like children’s health, education, and protection. School dropout rates, infant mortality, and childhood abuse are high among Romanian kids. With your support, communities are creating strong networks by improving education, getting kids to know their rights, and investing in spiritual development—all so kids’ lives are full of dignity. Keeping families involved in kids’ education has drastically improved school exam and completion rates. Programs—including afterschool activities, tutoring, hygiene access, healthcare training, and basic resource knowledge—give kids hope for a better future. We’re training local leaders and youth to spearhead advocacy that’s grounded in God’s love, with the goal of ending violence against children. Kids who are leading programs to improve safety and education recognize they have better possibilities for their lives than poverty has led them to believe, thanks to the work we’re doing together.

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World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.

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Progress in Romania

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • Children's councils organized activities, including drama presentations and contests, to teach their peers. Through these, more than 7,000 girls and boys learned to recognize and address violence, abuse, and bullying and also how to speak up to help prevent abuse and violence in their communities.
  • Parents learned positive parenting skills and how to create safer environments for their children at home and in the community.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • Parents and children learned how to help prevent diseases and stay healthy through good hygiene practices. Some vulnerable families received extra support, including hygiene items and diapers.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • To improve their academic performance, more than 1,000 children attended after school programs where they received tutoring and healthy meals.
  • More than 5,000 youth participated in life skills classes where they were empowered to be leaders in their communities. They learned skills including communication, relationship-building, and critical thinking.

Prayer Requests from Romania

World Vision's staff in Romania are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:

  • Wisdom to increase our local sustainability for serving children and communities on the fringes of society who most need hope.

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  • Peace and harmony in our society so we can build enduring change in the lives of children and their families.

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News from Romania