All the children made cards for the 1st of March. They are to wish everyone the happiness of Spring.



I am just back from a few days in Harja. I arrived on an evening of brilliant stars, and there was a sense of spring at last, even a few snowdrops had pushed through the still dead, brown grass.

Stefan celebrated his 7th birthday. He had asked that 2 boys from his class should be invited. Well before 4 o’clock, the appointed time of their arrival, he sat on a small chair by the door in rigid fear that they would not come. The minutes went by, Elena started building a garage with him, he relaxed and the boys came!



Jewellery shop Vlad, Lala, Gabi, Stefan, Rares
Jewellery shop Vlad, Lala, Gabi, Stefan, Rares
Denisa & Mihaela wearing wigs
Denisa & Mihaela wearing wigs
Betty reading Three Little Monkeys to the children
Betty reading Three Little Monkeys to the children
Jewellery shop - Rares, Lala, Denise, Stefan, Gabi (pink wig)
Jewellery shop – Rares, Lala, Denise, Stefan, Gabi (pink wig)

Christmas 2016 Photos

Have just had a most happy skype with them; they are thrilled with their Christmas presents and the atmosphere was wonderful.
Betty full of joy and excitement, Puiu (her husband), too and her friends.

Rares joined the family at Harja just before Christmas. He is 3 and had recently been abandoned in hospital by his father, his teenage mother had disappeared soon after his birth.

He is very happy now to be outside (it seems that this was something new to him). He sledged with the best of them this week when they all went to the hills behind a restaurant owned by one of Betty’s friends. All the carers sledged and, of course, Betty – for nearly 4 hours! And Rares is funny, laughs a lot and is very much part of the family.

It has been a very cold winter. Betty sometimes has to get up 3 times in the night to stoke her fire. So we are having to buy extra wood – that wood which heats all the houses and the hot water.
Many small donations, specially those given monthly with giftaid, would be a great help. Betty is negotiating with the Finnish owner of the forest and the full amount is likely to be something over £3,500.

So if you can help, please do.


Denisa cooking
Christmas Day
Christmas Day
Ali, Andra and Betty's husband, Puiu - much loved by all the children.
Ali, Andra and Betty’s husband, Puiu – much loved by all the children.

Come and stay

We have a house for holiday rental which helps support the charity. Set in the beautiful Carpathian mountains, it is a great base from which to explore rural Romania. Awake to the sound of cow bells and birdsong; explore flowery meadows and return to the comfort of a wood-burning stove.

The full details are here.

We would love to see you.

Now renovated Pensione
Now renovated Pensione
Making Hay
Making Hay
Haystacks near house
Haystacks near house
Harja Church
Harja Church

Sue Lloyd-Roberts

The BBC’s renowned investigative journalist, who on October 14th lost her brave fight against leukaemia and complications arising from its treatment, was one of our charity’s directors.

Sue had reported on the selling of babies from Romanian orphanages in 2000 and became a director of Friends of Children in Romania in 2012. She was a great friend to the project and we shall deeply miss her wisdom, her insight into the needs of the children and her practicality.

Before her illness, she had started organising a fund-raising dinner and concert for ‘her Romanian charity’, which would have taken place this month.

Two years ago, Marcel, Ali, Georgiana and Diana had a marvellous action-packed holiday in her hotel in Mallorca:  she was very fond of them and a second visit was planned for this August.  Sadly, this was not to be.

Reporting on her visit to Romania in 2000 she said:  ‘Give me a war zone any day but spare me the emotional trauma of 100 children searching for a mother’.   Through her support for our charity she helped children like these, giving them a chance to grow up in a real family.

She will be greatly missed.




Denisa and Mihaela went on a summer camp to Durau, in the Ceahlau mountains! They had many interesting activities there and came back with many new information. They all kind of work shops. Thank you Victor and Cristina Capitanu for helping with this.

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Sea side


Many thanks to Olivia and Giani Zodila, from Bucharest, a wonderful family, good friends of ours, who have invited all of us to their B&b from Vama Veche, on the Black Coast. We went with all our children for a week and had a lovely time. Of course we were lucky with the weather too, and we had very warm water in the sea. And some big waves as you will see from the photos. We celebrated Denisa's 10th anniversary there, together with Daria's 3rd months anniversary(she is Olivia's and Giani's long expected baby)