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ROMANIA

 
Total population (millions)21.9
Life expectancy at birth (years)71.3
GDP per capita (PPP US$)7,277
Adult literacy rate (% age 15 and above)97.3
Combined primary, secondary and tertiary gross enrolment ratio (%)72

The communist legacy left Romania with a distorted and unproductive economy dominated by inefficient state owned enterprises and collective farms. Progress since 1989 has been slow. The process of transition is difficult for many Romanian families who face economic hardship, lack of material resources, inflation and unemployment.

Thousands of children in Romania are living in public or private institutions; others are living in foster families or enlarged families. Recent statistics from the National Authority for Child Protection and Adoption indicate that 42,777 children are living in such institutions, 76 percent of which are aged between 10 and 18 years. Family-like environments, such as foster homes, account for some 43,783 children. Some of these children have been abandoned, but most have been institutionalised due to transition related problems. Poverty, malnutrition, school abandonment, social exclusion, disability, HIV/AIDS are all contributory factors to the institutionalisation of many Romanian children.

The most recent Human Development Report ranks Romania at 64, with a medium human development rating status. The Human Development Index (HDI) value is 0.792 compared to the HDI of the UK, which is 0.939.

WER works in Romania with: WER Romania

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These are our current projects in ROMANIA:

Alta Sansa Education Centre - Bucharest

Alta Sansa (Another Chance) Education Centre provides security and supplementary education to children from disadvantaged families in Dobroesti, a community on the outskirts of Bucharest.

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Hand Rom - Curtea de Arges

Hand Rom is a school in Curtea de Arges, central Romania, which provides care and education for 60 children who have a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, polio and muscular dystrophy.

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Casa Ray Orphanage - Dobreni

The Casa Ray orphanage is providing a safe home and place of refuge for 20 underprivileged and orphaned children

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Acces - Curtea de Arges

Acces is a reintegration programme for children who are no longer in the schooling system and who are at risk of becoming socially excluded.

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Kids In Crisis - Lazareni

Kids In Crisis is working with children from a disadvantaged gypsy community in Lazareni, western Romania, and helping them gain access to mainstream education.

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The factual information on each of the countries has been published in the United Nations Human Development Report 2005. Please refer to this document for more comprehensive information.

The FCO also provides detailed country profiles, explaining the history and politics of each of the countries. (FCO web site)