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Registered Charity No. 1062953

Providing life experiences and opportunities to orphaned and abandoned children and young adults in Romania since 1991.

Over 99% of all donations go directly to our projects in Romania to those that need it most.

*All UK admin costs, travel. visits etc are privately funded

“School for Life Romania has changed these people’s lives by providing education and activities for young adults who would not otherwise have received it. They have employed Romanian special needs teachers who work alongside these young adults and support their journey towards independence.” 

Robert Carlyle, OBE  


We are sad to announce that after almost three decades of amazing experiences, fun and love, as of 1st September 2023 our Special Needs School will be closing. This was a difficult decision for all involved, however, due to the economic climate we are unable to guarantee the ongoing funding of our school.

We are, however, commitment to continuing to maintain the home and security of the three young women in the supported housing side of our project. This is where ongoing funds will be diverted towards into the future.

We wish to thank all those that have supported our work over the years and we hope you will continue to offer your support to ensure the future security of these young women’s homes, thank you.

Romanian orphanages

Since 1994 we have continued to honour our commitment made to you and our beneficiaries. We guarantee that 99% of your donations will continue to go directly to our projects in Romania.

Our founding volunteers worked inside the Children’s Neuropsychiatric Hospital in Siret since 1991. Often referred to as Siret Orphanage by the media, this is where our beneficiaries grew up. In September 1994, this group of volunteers founded School for Life Romania.

Rodika and Linuta who live in our supported housing
Lenuta and Rodika who live in our supported housing

Lenuta and Rodika both grew up in the Neuropsychiatric Hospital for Children in Siret. At the time, this institution was home to over 500 children, their ages ranging from three years old up to young adults.

Lenuta and Rodika now live in School For Life Romania supported housing, working in town and helping out at our school.

Romanian Orphanages

Siret Orphana

“I love my work here, teaching the lads and working around the house. I love teaching them sport and how to look after animals, and the colour games and how to draw. I am very happy to help the students from the hospital, they are just like me, there is very little difference. I feel confident about the future and what I’m doing and feel that I’ll be able to do whatever I choose to.”

“I like the girls and enjoy talking with them and helping them. If they are unable to come one day they will stay in their rooms and cry. I am teaching myself to look after myself. I have taught the students how to look after the garden and they love it… when they grow up they will have their own house and will need to look after themselves. I like everything here, I can’t lie, I like it all!”

Art work by our students

Trips out in the community with School for Life Romania
Trips out in the community with School for Life Romania