In Romania in the year 2000, there were: 87,753 orphans/abandoned children.
In the year 2010, there were: 62,000 orphans/abandoned children.
(To read more about why there are orphans: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanian_orphans)
While numbers are going down, there is still a large group, with a high concentration in institutional orphanages in the Eastern part of the country. To effectively serve this marginalized group, there is a need for compassionate individuals to be willing to do life with them: support during the school year, providing extracurricular activities, and offering possibilities for them to grow.
Romania Pop. 20,121,641 people (2011 Census).
Piatra Neamt, Romania Pop. (our town) 58,000 people.
Num. of children at Casa Ray Orphanage (private) : 20
Num. of children at Elena Doamna Orphanage (state) : 116
Num. of children at Ion Creanga Orphange (state): 74
Country's Induction in the EU: 1 Jan, 2007.
Conditions of orphanages have greatly improved with the country’s induction in the European Union, and grants have been given to certain orphanages and infrastructure to make renovations.