Valcea's Community is graduating

In 2018, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Valcea has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Valcea (pronounced Val-cha) community is located 180 km from Bucharest, the capital city, in the hilly eastern part of Romania. In this rural area people rely mainly on agriculture for their livelihood. The average monthly family income is around $55. People have small vegetable gardens and raise animals.

When World Vision partnered with the Valcea community, school infrastructure was in need of improvement and children living in rural areas of the community often struggled academically. People's health was negatively impacted by a variety of common factors, including a lack of financial resources, poor nutrition and hygiene, and inadequate living conditions. These contributed to the spread of illnesses in children like respiratory infections, anemia and congenital defects.

Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Valcea has improved. Children and families have grown stronger and are working together to overcome their challenges. Your support has opened doors that will have a lasting impact for years to come.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Valcea has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  
  • 49.0% of adolescents reported they participate in the decision-making process of local government in 2017 significantly increasing from 37.0% in 2015, making communities more responsive to the needs and rights of children and youth
  • 557 individuals learned about child rights and protection issues to help ensure children's safety and participation
  • 56 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 4 child parliaments are empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions
  • 45 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being
  • 9 community groups are engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children
  • 33 children received the resources they need to learn including school fees, supplies, books and uniforms
  • 504 children and youth are improving their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities like clubs and camps
  • 25 parents and caregivers learned about the importance of education and how to support their child’s learning                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Explore Valcea

current conditions

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Celebrate with Valcea

Today, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency. Because of the dedication and partnership of Canadians like you, the community is empowered and ready to continue developing on its own—and that’s something to celebrate!
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Valcea has completed phase 3 in 2018

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!