SFL logo copy

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  



Thanks to your support we have provided food, shelter and assistance to refugees and families arriving from Ukraine at the Ukrainian Romanian border, just 3km from our project in Siret.

Although numbers arriving have reduced since March 2022, we continue to provide assistance when needed whilst maintaining our usual activities where possible.

Our Trustees and Committee Members in U.K. are in constant communication with our partners in Siret, Romania to keep up to date with the impact of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine on our usual activities and the local community.

Hundreds of thousands of women, children, elderly & people of all nationalities have arrived via the Siret Border crossing who needed urgent assistance, food & shelter. 

Over 99% of all donations go directly to our projects in Romania – all UK admin costs, travel, visits etc are privately funded

We aim to support our sister, Romanian reg. humanitarian organisation,  Scoala Pentru Viata, partner agencies, local community and our beneficiaries where we can, providing contingency funds for the projects future needs during this crisis. Any remaining funds will go to the ongoing work with our charity.

Siret is a Romanian border town with a population of approx. 8000. This has been a fast moving crisis, and had a major impact on the local community who continue to provide ongoing support to refugees arriving via Siret Border.


  • News Reports on the ongoing refugee crisis in Siret;


Romanian orphanag

towards the everyday running of our projects

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