The country of Romania is ringed by the Carpathian Mountains and is probably best known, thanks to popular fiction, for its forested region of Transylvania. Although steeped in history, the country has experienced constant struggle due to political upheaval.
Since entering the E.U., Romania has slowly been emerging from decades of communist oppression and poverty. With the collapse of the previous regime, economic disintegration caused a collapse in healthcare, education, and residential care for orphans.
Extending a helping hand to the disadvantaged through education and medical services, HOPE programs help Romanian children stay in school and create opportunity for a better future as they move into adulthood.