Welcome to HAO Romania website!

FVB bring young people with disability out of Romania's institutions and orphanages into homes in the community.  We support them to develop the skills they need to live independent full lives, make friends, get jobs.  We also work in the community with Parents and Carers of children with disability and with young people with disability.


How it all started in the first place...

In 1999 in a bid to localize the organisation, HAO founded Fundatia pentru O Viata mai Buna (FVB), to take advantage of the reputation of HAO's longevity in the field of disability and in its reputation in the field of disability services both in Romania and in Ireland.

In 1990 after seeing young children with disability living in appalling conditions in Romania’s orphanages, James Dillon, with a small group of volunteers sent aid trucks with food and clothing to the orphanages providing much needed relief; ‘Babies of Romania’ became a registered Irish Charity in 1991. Large numbers of volunteers travelled from Ireland and the UK to work as ‘carers’ in orphanages in Nicoresti (Galati County) and Negru Voda (Constanta County).   As the ‘babies’ grew and became young adults, Babies of Romania  decided to change its name to Health Action Overseas (HAO). By 1994 HAO had moved from providing relief to more sustainable development - educational and therapeutic programmes for disabled children and young people living in the Placement Centres and Orphanages; training programmes for local authority staff and in 2002 HAO opened its first group home. In 2007 as a progression from group home living, 6 young people moved into 2 apartments. All of these young people are now in full time employment, 2 have moved into their own apartments with financial support from HAO.


Health Action Overseas - UK is a newly set up and registered UK Charity, helping people with disabilities to participate as full members of society in a way that respects their dignity and rights by providing support and activities which develop the skills and capabilities of people living with disabilities to live independently and to gain education and employment which allows them to participate in society as mature and responsible individuals. HAO UK works in partnership with Fundatia pentru o Viata mai Buna (FVB) and with Health Action Oversaes - Ireland to assist local and government authorities in host countries.

Health Action Overseas UK (HAO UK) will provide training to FVB, delivered in part, by UK volunteers and will support FVB to embed its Independent Living Programme as a progression for all of the young people living in Romania’s Institutions where they have been labelled as 'disabled'.


Success story!


Abandoned in one of Romania's orphanges at the age of 3, Vasile was labelled 'irrecuperable' (unable to learn or progress) at 9 years old, he was unable to walk or talk when we first found him. Vasile is a very different person today, with our support he lives in the community, has a full time job and has just taken out a loan to buy his own studio apartment. Vasile is one of FVB's many success stories.


Imobil de vanzare - Galati

16/05/2017 12:32
Fundatia Health Action Overseas vinde imobil proprietate in Galati - Micro 13, teren 577mp si locuinta parter 261mp (243mp utili) cu living 71mp, 5 dormitoare, 3 bai, bucatarie 30.55mp parte din sufragerie + mansarda circulabila 186mp (93mp utili) avand 4 camere, o baie, hol şi 2 spaţii de...

Doriti sa directionati 2% din impozitul pe venit pe anul 2016 catre HAO?

31/01/2017 16:26
Multumim tuturor prietenilor si sustinatorilor nostri care (si) in 2015 au directionat 2% din impozitul pe venit catre Fundatia Health Action Overseas (fosta Fundatia pentru o Viata mai Buna - FVB). Speram ca nu ne veti uita nici anul acesta!   Daca ati obtinut numai venituri din salarii,...

Pentru o viata buna - Idei din Tara lui Andrei

02/03/2016 15:49
Fundatia pentru o Viata mai Buna anunta lansarea proiectului 'Pentru o Viata Buna' project sponsorizat de Fundatia PACT cu sustinerea financiara a OMV Petrom in cadrul programului de finantare "Idei din Tara lui Andrei". Acesta va fi implementat incepand cu 1martie 2016 pentru o durata de 12 luni,...

Doriti sa directionati 2% din impozitul pe venit pe anul 2015 catre FVB?

08/02/2016 10:37
Multumim tuturor prietenilor si sustinatorilor nostri care (si) in 2014 au directionat 2% din impozitul pe venit catre Fundatia pentru o Viata mai Buna (FVB). Speram ca nu ne veti uita nici anul acesta!   Daca ati obtinut numai venituri din salarii, descarcati DECLARATIA...

2 of the 3 young adults that finished the 8th grade of Primary School – Congrats!

19/08/2015 10:19
2 din cei 3 tineri ai nostri care au absolvit cu succes clasa VIII-a prin Programul “Scoala Altfel” – Felicitari! This opens up new opportunities as they will now be able to attend Qualification Courses.   Once again, Congratulations! and Thank you very much! to all the people and...

Angajam in Constanta / We are recruiting in Constanta

04/08/2015 12:49
Asistent Social cu jumatate de norma, program flexibil Responsabilitati: Asistentul social raspunde de realizarea si coordonarea activitatilor specifice managementului de caz si este responsabil cu coordonarea activitatilor locale prin dezvoltarea de parteneriate cu actori locali publici si privati...

HAO Board Meeting - Nov. 2014

18/11/2014 13:42
On the 18th of Novermber 2014 another Meeting of HAO Board of Directors was held in Dublin, where Nico, FVB's Executive Director has also attended.

HAO Board Meeting - Feb. 2014

15/02/2014 13:34
Today, the 25th of February 2014, FVB's Executive Director has attended HAO Board of Directors Meeting in Dublin.

Late September weekend trip to Tulcea

29/09/2013 13:46

Summer Camp Stupini 2013

25/08/2013 00:58
Two of our guys in Brasov at Stupini Camp - August 2013 - Organised by Asociatia pentru Persoane cu Dizabilitati "Ridica-te si Umbla".
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