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!

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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.


News

Rehousing project

10/09/2019 10:33
Less than 20 years ago a number of eight young adults with disabilities living in a large scale state institution in Negru Voda, were moved by HAO to James Dillon Group Home in Constanta city. As a natural step towards achieving full independence they were then moved in 2008 to a to...

Lucrând împreună pentru a informa despre progresele înregistrate în combaterea șomajului în rândul tinerilor

30/07/2019 13:00
Lansarea oficială a Youth Employment Magazine este anunțată în cadrul Zilei internaționale a prieteniei. Aproape 200 de instituții din 26 de țări europene care implementează proiecte finanțate de Islanda, Liechtenstein și Norvegia se unesc pentru a împărtăși rezultatele inițiativelor lor menite să...

Working together to inform about progress in combatting youth unemployment

30/07/2019 13:00
The official launch of the Youth Employment Magazine is announced on the UN International Day of Friendship. Nearly 200 institutions from 26 European countries implementing projects financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway unite to share results of their initiatives aimed at combatting youth...

Invitatie la Conferinta de lansare a proiectului 'Labour market Employment for young Adults with a Disability - LEAD'

24/10/2018 17:22
Fundatia Health Action Overseas în calitate de lider de parteneriat, alături de ZGURA-M LTD. (Bulgaria), Consultis – Consultoria Empresarial, Unipessoal Lda. (Portugalia), G.M EuroCy Innovations Ltd, (Cipru) şi Status Employment (Marea Britanie), vă invită la conferinţa de lansare a proiectului...

Recrutam in Constanta!

25/07/2018 16:37
HEALTH ACTION OVERSEAS organizatie cu activitate in domeniul furnizarii serviciilor sociale pentru persoane cu dizabilitati, recruteaza pentru proiectul ‘Labour market Employment for young Adults with a Disability - LEAD’ finantat de EEA & Norway Grants si aflat in derulare pe 36...

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...
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News

Rehousing project

10/09/2019 10:33
Less than 20 years ago a number of eight young adults with disabilities living in a large scale state institution in Negru Voda, were moved by HAO to James Dillon Group Home in Constanta city. As a natural step towards achieving full independence they were then moved in 2008 to a to...

Lucrând împreună pentru a informa despre progresele înregistrate în combaterea șomajului în rândul tinerilor

30/07/2019 13:00
Lansarea oficială a Youth Employment Magazine este anunțată în cadrul Zilei internaționale a prieteniei. Aproape 200 de instituții din 26 de țări europene care implementează proiecte finanțate de Islanda, Liechtenstein și Norvegia se unesc pentru a împărtăși rezultatele inițiativelor lor menite să...

Working together to inform about progress in combatting youth unemployment

30/07/2019 13:00
The official launch of the Youth Employment Magazine is announced on the UN International Day of Friendship. Nearly 200 institutions from 26 European countries implementing projects financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway unite to share results of their initiatives aimed at combatting youth...

Invitatie la Conferinta de lansare a proiectului 'Labour market Employment for young Adults with a Disability - LEAD'

24/10/2018 17:22
Fundatia Health Action Overseas în calitate de lider de parteneriat, alături de ZGURA-M LTD. (Bulgaria), Consultis – Consultoria Empresarial, Unipessoal Lda. (Portugalia), G.M EuroCy Innovations Ltd, (Cipru) şi Status Employment (Marea Britanie), vă invită la conferinţa de lansare a proiectului...

Recrutam in Constanta!

25/07/2018 16:37
HEALTH ACTION OVERSEAS organizatie cu activitate in domeniul furnizarii serviciilor sociale pentru persoane cu dizabilitati, recruteaza pentru proiectul ‘Labour market Employment for young Adults with a Disability - LEAD’ finantat de EEA & Norway Grants si aflat in derulare pe 36...

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...
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News

Living independently: 3, 2, 1... GO!

16/12/2012 17:13
In October 4 young adults supported through our projects in Constanta were granted individual social studios by the City Hall. We expect them to move in their new homes by the end of the year. They are very excited about that and keen to prove us all that they can live on their own. Our staff...

Race night at Joyces Pub

11/06/2012 20:28
Race night at Joyces Pub in Bucharest was a huge success thanks to Aidan Joyce and the staff at Joyces Pub.  Aidan will be handing over cheques at the Bloomsday celebrations on June 16th outside Joyces Pub to HAO and 2 other charities who benefited from the event.  Thank...

Treasure Hunters wanted!

07/05/2012 11:25
Treasure Hunts are really great fun – Don’t miss out on HAOs Treasure Hunt in Bucharest on Tuesday 15th May this year; we meet at Joyces Pub where all Hunters will be given the list of questions they have to find the answers to in each pub on the circuit.   Aidan Joyce has kindly...

Race Nite, Joyces Pub Friday May 11th

17/04/2012 20:11
Don’t miss out on the Race Night at Joyces Pub on Friday 11th May.  You will not only have a fantastic evening – you will also be supporting HAO and two other charities – it’s a win win situation for all…. Check out the poster. You can buy your very own race horse for just 200 Ron, name it...

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...

2%

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 ;-) https://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...
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