Child Poverty in Romania

Despite strong economic growth recently, child poverty in Romania ranks as the highest among European Union nations. Fifty-one per cent of Romania’s children live in poverty. Many youth are disillusioned and some fall victim to “businessmen” who promise them a better life abroad but are actually tricking them into being trafficked.

World Vision is largely focused on addressing rural poverty and improving the options facing children and youth. An education campaign carried out with local churches helps thousands of children recognize the importance of education and completing their schooling. And a demonstration farm recently provided 500 youths with agricultural skills, with the aim of helping young people feed their families and supplement their income.

Your impact in Romania

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with Canadian support in the past year:

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

  • We formed children’s councils and held campaigns focused on child rights and protection, where children learned about their rights and duties as members of society.
  • 12 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 1,977 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 13 community groups are teaching children and families to prevent disasters and protect themselves in times of crisis

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

  • We held information sessions for parents of young children on exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and feeding toddlers nutritious protein, fruits and vegetables.
  • 1,546 children and adults learned about the importance of water safety, proper sanitation and hygiene to stay healthy
  • 1,546 people including children learned to protect themselves against HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
  • 7 health workers and volunteers were trained to provide quality health services, especially for women and children

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

  • We worked with local leaders to identify vulnerable families and helped children to succeed in school by providing remedial classes.
  • 3,797 children received the resources they need to learn, including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 769 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning
  • 11 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities

Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

  • 8 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 543 children and youth were trained in essential life skills such as critical thinking, self-esteem and communication

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