Romania’s economy has improved in recent years – but in rural areas where almost half the population live, a lack of infrastructure affects everything from schools to medical facilities.
Romania remains one of the most corrupt countries in Europe, according to Transparency International, and has also been singled out for criticism by Amnesty International for its prejudicial treatment of the Roma community, who are at least 10% of the country's population.
Since 2007, over one million Romanians have emigrated in search of greater opportunities, including parents who leave vulnerable children behind.
We work in Sighisoara, Blaj, Victoria and nearby villages in Transylvania, often in Roma communities, supporting families struggling in desperate poverty, helping them move towards self-sufficiency. We also support vulnerable children, run a prison ministry, and support a care home for the elderly.