2000 – Stark realisation
Humanitas charity has come a long way since a British A-Level student called Sarah Wade volunteered at an impoverished children’s orphanage in Romania back in 2000. It was an experience that would change the course of Sarah’s life, as well as the lives of thousands of under-privileged children and families across Europe in the years to come. That’s because Sarah was horrified at the neglect and treatment of the orphaned childrenshe met and vowed she would do something about it. She vowed to make a difference.
2001 – Romanian Relief is born
Within a year Sarah was back in Romania, with fellow British citizen Emma Cox, and together they set about changing lives, not just temporarily, but for good. In 2001, thanks to their hard work and unshakable determination, their Romanian Relief charity was up and running, committed to assisting and protecting the long-term emotional, physical, and psychological development of abandoned and orphaned children.
But this was just the beginning...
2003 – Fresh impetus
In 2003 the visionary Dr Ramiz Momeni joined as Director and after that, for Romanian Relief, there was no looking back. Ramiz kick-started a variety of projects that provided free health care, psychological therapy, and family planning for under- privileged children and adults. For the poorest people in the region, it was the shot in the arm they so sorely needed.
2012 – F.R.O.D.O merger, Humanitas born
Founded in 2006 by Robin Nydes, F.R.O.D.O was a UK charity inspired by Robin’s watching of a BBC documentary on Sarah’s work with Romanian Relief. F.R.O.D.O provided vital treatment and training in areas of extreme poverty in Romania and Albania, whilst remaining active and committed supporters of Romanian Relief. It was therefore a landmark moment for the two key charities, and the lives of impoverished children around the world, when in 2012 Sarah became CEO of F.R.O.D.O and the charities merged to form Humanitas.
Present day and beyond...
Fast forward to the present day and Humanitas charity has achieved lasting, positive change in the lives of over 43,000 individuals across Europe and Africa. And we’re not stopping there.
With your help we have already achieved so much to ensure the world’s poorest and most vulnerable individuals have access to education, health care, and a family.