Transylvania Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.


104 household members participated in budget training and learned about strategies to manage household resources, save money, and prioritize expenses in order to pay for their children's necessities. To improve household food security and income, we provided 78 rabbits to vulnerable families. The rabbits' offspring can easily be sold at the local market or used to provide protein-rich meals for children. Eight family doctors and nurses were trained in nutrition in rural areas to help them serve at-risk children. 14 local parents are preparing nutritious meals for their children after attending our sessions on health and nutrition. 47 children received eye exams, medical tests, and medicine that improved their health and well-being. We worked with children, parents, and local authorities to organize an awareness campaign on education in 13 communities. We also provided 2,234 children with shoes, clothes, and school supplies so they could stay in school. 190 preschool children benefited when we improved learning conditions and increase attendance rates at five schools by giving them school supplies, teaching materials, and toys depending on need. We partnered with five communities to help 147 struggling students improve their grades. We provided remedial learning activities, nutritious snacks, and tutoring assistance to ensure student success.

Cross-cutting issues

|Most Vulnerable Children|Gender|Environment|Protection|Disability|Advocacy|


  • Romania>Cluj


  • Protection

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