MWB has worked openly in Romania since 1990. Ceausescu's
enforced population programme resulted in over 100,000 orphaned or
abandoned children living in hundreds of dilapidated state
orphanages. The desperate plight of these children motivated MWB to
establish our child sponsorship programme.
With Romania's entry into the EU, a policy of
deinstitutionalisation has come into effect. Many homes have been
Children have been given foster homes, or re-united with their
own families and many are living in much smaller units. The work
with these children still continues. They often have severe
problems having known nothing but the fight of institutional life.
The stigma and the lack of social skills make it very difficult for
them to find work. We have therefore introduced Vocational and
Educational training courses.
Many families struggle to survive in desperate poverty. Their
needs are met through our Family to Family sponsorship
programme and Family Care schemes.
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