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.


Annual Guided Walk of the Peak District, Derbyshire on Saturday 16th June 2012

15/04/2012 17:31
YOU are cordially invited to join us on our annual GUIDED WALK of the Peak District, Derbyshire on Saturday 16th June 2012. Edale is a valley in North Derbyshire, situated about 15 miles west of Sheffield in the heart of the Peak District National Park. Joining Instructions and...

Over 1000 coffees sold in aid of HAO

13/04/2012 17:25
  John McCarthy owner of Malagamba Restaurant handed over a cheque for the money raised during the ‘coffee collaboration’ campaign to Kathleen Biggs HAO representative.  Over 1000 coffees were sold in Malagamba restaurant during the month of March. The...


12/04/2012 16:52
Multumim tuturor prietenilor si sustinatorilor nostri care in 2011 au directionat cei 2% din impozitul pe venit catre Fundatia pentru o Viata mai Buna (FVB). Speram ca nu ne veti uita nici anul acesta! A big THANK YOU to all our Romanian friends and supporters who donated 2% from their...

FVB - April 2012 Newsletter

04/04/2012 21:41
FVB - April 2012 Newsletter is out! Happy reading! p.s. ...and don't forget to subscribe ;-) http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6b8dbc88d07392f2e4174d81f&id=40ea9037c0&e=efb7680a70

Steve's Marathon Hat ;-)

27/03/2012 12:16
Congratulations to Steve who ran his first ever half marathon in 2 hours 34 minutes. We asked Steve to write a little something about what motivated him to get from behind the computer and run…..   “Not sure what to say.    I must confess that it was a half marathon...

Coffee Collaboration at Malagamba Restaurant

27/02/2012 21:53
For the month of March Malagamba restaurant will donate one euro to charity for every coffee sold. The beneficial charities are HAO Health Action Overseas and Associatia “Fecioara Maria A Milostivirii” in Romania. HAO is run by Kathleen Biggs and Associatia “Fecioara Maria A Milostivirii” in...

HAO Romania new website official launch!

20/11/2011 21:20
Check this out!

Opening of New Socially Inclusive Living Option

17/10/2011 14:42
This is just to let you know that Kathleen informs us that the opening of the new apartment earlier went really well and that there was a lot of media interest. John Morahon, the Ambassador was really impressed with both the project and the day itself. The young people prepared all the food...

FVB welcomes Alex

11/08/2011 14:45
FVB are pleased to announce the recruitment of Alexandra who has just joined us to work on our new project in Constanta.  She is a qualified social worker and has experience of working with young people with disability both in Romania and abroad.

4 young people leave the institutions

31/07/2011 15:28
In partnership with the Local Authority Social Services Department in Constanta, FVB are bringing 4 young people with disability out of institutional care into the community where we will be working with them on their independent living skills and when they are ready, helping them to find...
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