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About RAA

For more than 20 years, since we have been in existence, we have been providing medical, psychological, social and material help to people with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, we organize training courses and run research projects, campaigns and advocacy programs, in collaboration with governmental authorities, non-governmental organizations and companies, and since the last few years, we have been developing service networks for people with autism.

If the lives of vulnerable children and young people, affected by chronic diseases and at risk of social exclusion are a little better today, we are happy to know that they also carry a part of the soul of the Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation team.

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We were born as a humanitarian organization

In Bucharest, a handful of soulful, dedicated, well-trained people (doctors, sociologists, assistants) helped the founders and the international community to renovate Romanian orphanages, directing the funds raised, identifying people, discussing, negotiating, convincing. They were the heart of the Foundation, which today is just as alive and active, for children and people in need in Romania.

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Beginnings

Our story begins more than 20 years ago, in 1990, when the first images from Romanian orphanages shocked the whole world. Impressed by the conditions in which she discovered in Romania children with chronic diseases, abandoned in institutions, Olivia Harrison established the Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation and brought the first aid for orphanages to the country. It was the gesture by which the wife of George Harrison, a member of the Beatles, raised an alarm and mobilized the international artistic community, funds and volunteers, in support of sick and institutionalized children in Romania.

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We set out to do more

Beyond the walls of the renovated orphanages with financial support in the UK and USA, we discovered a whole community of suffering people, children and young people affected by chronic diseases, for which we wanted to do more. That’s how we set our mission.

We wrote projects, formed partnerships and continued to raise funds, directing our work and attention to disadvantaged children, children living with HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or autism and victims of social exclusion.

And we wanted everything we do for them to be sustainable. So, we convinced strategic partners to join us: ministries, local public authorities, national and international organizations.
A piece of the team’s soul is in the better lives of disadvantaged children and young people.