Reclaimed Life


Sabina grew up in a Romanian orphanage and found it difficult to adjust to life on her own. With social support and training, she’s become a confident, independent young woman.

Relegated to a Romanian orphanage shortly after birth, Sabina was unprepared to function on her own when she was released at age 18.

To protect young people like Sabina as they emerged from orphanages, World Vision created Hope House. For a year, Sabina lived at Hope House learning skills and anger management to help her transition to life on her own.

World Vision staff helped Sabina secure an internship at a local food company, where she was soon hired full time. Her manager praises her work.

For Sabina, life in the orphanage is something she tries to forget. “What has been, has been,” she says. The shy Sabina shares a modest apartment in a former industrial area in the city of Cluj.  Rent is reasonable here, and their peach-washed building is a bright spot in the otherwise drab surroundings of decaying brick and shattered windows.

Despite their environment, Sabina dares to dream about the future. She is determined to have an apartment of her own.

World Vision was one of the first organizations to respond of the needs of institutionalized children, and it’s one of the few international organizations still serving in Romania. The child protection and childcare models World Vision launched have proved so effective that the Romanian government adopted them throughout the country.

“World Vision continues to have a strong presence and concern with ensuring the well-being of the most vulnerable children—even when other organizations have closed,” says Romania’s former Secretary of State for Social Assistance Theodora Bertzi.

Photo©2014 World Vision, Laura Reinhardt

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