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Romanian Orphanages : Warning Not a Pleasant Article

The first of the orphanages of Romania were exposed to the world in 1990. What are the changes? What difference was made when the world saw the orphans and the conditions they lived in?

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By banning birth control, the notorious Romanian communist leader, Nicolae Ceausescu did nothing to help the already over populated orphanages. He dictated and ruled over the country for over twenty five years. Years of hell for the majority of citizens. The institutes were state run and not funded sufficiently, if at all. Children were left at the doors of the full buildings, staff were over worked, under paid and there were only a handful to care for hundreds of children.

Life in Romania during these times were hard and the residents were poor. The leader encouraged families to produce children, he taxed families if they had less than five children. He wanted the country populated and at the cost of the welfare of many. Nothing was done to finance his desire. Many families gave up children when they could no longer feed them.

Ceausescu was assassinated in 1989 and the world was shown the insides of the orphanages. The horrific conditions and lack of facilities, equipment and staff shocked people into action.

Children were tied down to filthy cots and beds, unwashed and barely fed.

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Warning this video has shocking images and viewers should watch with caution if they are easily shocked. A mother gives up her child and views from inside an orphanage.

After the exposure, the world charities and individuals were so deeply moved that they sought funding and volunteers moved in, cleaning and caring for the children.  The filth and stench of years of poor hygiene was overwhelming. Children with disabilities rocked their bodies in distress, life was not kind to them. The fundraisers and supporters, taught the staff how to use equipment and the best way to deal with the orphans, many of who were new born babes. Communities in other countries were encouraged to supply blankets and gift boxes. Clothing and equipment of all kinds was shipped over by charities and private groups of people.

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The Villa of Hope and the House of Hope are the result of kindess and love for the children on the streets of Romania. Warning: (contains upsetting images)

This shows of the children in one orphanage where the volunteers moved in and smiles were shared by all.

Many were adopted out around the world, their lives changed for the better. This is the story of a mother who adopted a Romanian little girl.

Babies grow into adults and have to find their feet in the world. Some are lucky enough to get love and support by those who care. They have to work hard at gaining their stability in life. This documentary shows of these young people and their trials.

Sadly some of the institutes are still in poor condition and they continue to be found. Fortunately funds are available and the world is more aware of their needs.

Fundraising is still going on and will continue. Money is collected to to give the children days out at the zoo or to celebrate the festive days of Christmas. Things we take for granted at times, love, a kiss or a cuddle are not something that the orphans get everyday. The warmth and kindness from another human being is all they need to feel alive, part of the world and loved.

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  1. AlmaG

    On December 22, 2009 at 4:12 am

    THis ia a wonderful article. The best things that an orphan would want to receive is love, care, affection, friendship, support, guidance, family and a home :)

  2. Louie Jerome

    On December 22, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Interesting article on a different subject. Always refreshing to read something different on Triond and not all that copycat stuff!

  3. Rask Balavoine

    On December 22, 2009 at 4:40 am

    It’s good to be reminded that all’s not well in the world while we are about to enjoy a plentiful Christmas. Thanks Glynis.

  4. Frances Lawrence

    On December 22, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Not a comfortable read, but a very important subject that we should all be reminded of. Thank you.


    On December 22, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Interesting article. Merry christmas and thanks for the read here. :-)

  6. Joshua Miguel

    On December 22, 2009 at 7:15 am

    its very important that government should control population. tnx for the share.

  7. Tim P Stavert

    On December 22, 2009 at 8:04 am

    An excellent Article Glynis, in the way of hitting the World with reallity. I remeber seeing the images back in the 1990’s with documentry reports on the news. Now we see the children grown up and in a worse state than they were then. It is soul destroying to think people should be in this state now in this day and age.


  8. Christine Ramsay

    On December 22, 2009 at 8:28 am

    A heart rending read, Glynis. This makes me realise how lucky I am. We must do what we can to help these children. On the news today one of the Romanian orphans was reunited with her mother after fifteen years. The mother had given all fifteen of her children to the orphanages and many of them had contracted HIV. It is a terrible situation. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.


  9. Glynis Smy

    On December 22, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Just a little reminder for when we feel a little sorry for ourselves. Enjoy your Christmas.

  10. Christy Tuller

    On December 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    This is so sad. My in-laws adopted a boy from a Russian orphanage many years ago before they stopped adopting to U.S. citizens. His situation was bad but not this bad. My heart goes out to all those innocent children with no place else to go.

  11. Videomark

    On December 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    A very sad story indeed.

  12. Goodselfme

    On December 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Very sad. Too sad for me to view the video. Tx for the attention this deserves.

  13. PR Mace

    On December 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    A terrible and sad situation. I watched the first video and I couldn’t watch the rest. It is unbelievable that one man would force families to have children they could not afford to raise. Thank you for sharing with us how cruel the world can be. We need to all stop feeling sorrow for ourselves and be thankful for what we have.

  14. Brenda Nelson

    On December 22, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I remember seeing shocking images on the TV years ago, but I didnt realize families were actually taxed if they didnt have more kids – how crazy, sad, and misguided.

  15. Ruby Hawk

    On December 22, 2009 at 11:33 pm

    I’m glad to hear that they are getting the care they need now. it’s sad when children have to suffer.

  16. haikumad

    On December 23, 2009 at 4:39 am

    It’s always the children that suffer. Why is the world so cruel? Why can’t the leaders of the world see sense?
    Thank you for posting this. Will the right people see it tho’? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the little girls who have to ride in pink cadillacs to their parties could see what it means to have absolutely nothing and no-one to love them?

  17. cutedrishti8

    On December 23, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Wonderful article..

  18. PhoenixRox

    On December 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    This was so painful. Why oh why do the little ones always have to suffer. It is so unfair. Thank you for spreading the message

  19. Francois Hagnere

    On December 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    A great message Glynis. Thank you.
    Merry Christmas and peace to all.

  20. Lauren Axelrod

    On December 23, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Horrible situation and something the public should be aware of. I blogged this Glynis

  21. Glynis Smy

    On December 24, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Thanks for reading and Thank You Lauren!

  22. Patrick Regoniel

    On December 24, 2009 at 4:54 am

    I’m just frustrated at devious schemes employed by some leaders just so they would stay in power. Thanks for the reminder.

  23. Mila Marcos

    On December 24, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Poor little darlings:( The living conditions were appalling! I have seen a documentary about this. Nicolai Ceausescu increased his country’s population and workforce, banned birth control and abortion, and created financial incentives for women to have more children. Of course the birth rate increased and so did child abandonment. I’m glad things have improved for these children even though it has been a slow and painful process. Merry Xmas Glynis :)

  24. standingproud

    On December 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    OMG. :(
    So awful,but hope is a wonderful thing.
    Thanks Glynis and a Merry Xmas too :-)

  25. gaby7

    On December 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Am glad the era of dictatorship is all behind you- just incase you have forgotten, it was exactly today 25th December, 1988?…that Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife were publicly execucuted. Am glad-things are moving on so well in Bucharest today! I visited Romania in 2005 and enjoyed everything about your country! Thanks for sharing!

  26. Melody SJAL

    On December 25, 2009 at 10:47 am

    Oh, this is quite new to me, thanks for sharing, Glynis.

  27. Chris Stonecipher

    On December 26, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Hi Glynis,
    You are correct that this is not a comfortable read but thank you for making us aware of this.
    Blessings to you,

  28. ladydryle

    On December 26, 2009 at 10:47 am

    this contains of a lot of uncomfy truth, but this is a great article, an eye opener to every people in this world. It just made me realize how lucky I am to be kept, cared and loved unconditionally by my parents, that I have a family to turn to. If I can only do something for them, I would love to help with all my heart, but for now, all I can offer is prayer, I am not financially stable yet for I am just a mere student…:(

  29. magicdarts

    On December 26, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Very powerful article – so important to keep awareness up of these issues that flicker in the medias attention for a short while and then disappear – these children deserve so much better than that from us all.

  30. Glynis Smy

    On December 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Thank you all for reading and becoming aware of the plight of these children.

  31. Yovita Siswati

    On December 26, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    A sad thing. Thanks for this great post!

  32. fashion girl

    On December 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

    ohh.. this is so sad… This is a huge problem and I hope men and women understand that, but most people do not realise the magnitude… :(

  33. martie

    On December 28, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    excellent article.

  34. Judy Sheldon

    On January 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Glynis, we only read of it, they lived through it. Thanks so much for sharing. I am glad there are changes taking place. Our children are so precious.

    Take care & God bless.

  35. Katya

    On May 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    And today, in 2012, what is the situation? Are ALL the orphanages exposed and helped or are there still those that fly under the radar and hide away babies and children? Despite the initial exposure has the world turned its cheek and beleive that in an instant of revelation all is now well?
    I watch and I wonder. If I went to Budapest and explored the rural areas, would I find a place of hidden children?
    I have a child, i hold and hug and show love to my child, I cannot accept there are children and babies that are denied this basic right. What can I do to help? I do not have money but iIhave ability and training and love…who can use my skills?

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