2004: The Rupea Playground – We built a state of the art sports court and playground at Rupea placement center, in the Brasov region, where 75 children ages 4 to 18 had only a muddy lot to play on. The project cost $32,000 and the inauguration took place during president Stefania Magidson and VP Fundraising Mike Costache’s visit to the site, on October, 2004.
2003: The Loving Arms Programs – We hired eight full-time qualified caregivers to hold and cuddle babies at the “Micul Print” orphanage in Brasov, where 200 children under the age of 3 had only one adult for every 10 children to care for them. Additionally, we sent over 500 kilograms of new toys and clothing from Los Angeles to various placement centers in the Brasov region. The cost of the program was $18,360 and it lasted from January 2004 until June 2005, when the Romanian government, with help from the EU, relocated all abandoned children under the age of 3 to more intimate environments with more adequate child-caregiver ratios.