Young adults in our Prevention of Youth Homelessness programme are primarily institutionalised care-leavers. When a child reaches the age of 18 they are discharged from the notorious Romanian state institutions and find themselves alone in the world without the crucial life-skills to make a future, to lead a life. FARA offers a safe environment, where a young person’s needs can be assessed and cared for.
In the two-year transition and prevention programme FARA supports these young adults to transition into an independent life, offering life skills mentoring, and support and assistance in preparation for their adult lives. This level of intervention helps prevent a downward spiral of social exclusion, poverty and homelessness. Two years is not a long time, but while they are with us a lot happens, it is a crucial nurturing period laying the foundations for their lives ahead of them.
Over the last six years, we have helped around 130 young people aged 18 to 26 years, to access the training and work needed to gain employment and live an independent life. There is a great need in Romania for this kind of holistic approach to support for young people.
We want to extend this programme to tackle the levels of poverty and homelessness amongst the young people of Romania. FARA seeks to develop outreach programmes in the community, a drop-in service to give advice and access to training, employment, housing and personal support to a wider community of young people who have no one else to turn to.
“All of us want to develop and to rise as high as possible. Often, we fall, and no one is around. The lack of opportunities represents difficulties for young people like myself. I lost all my hopes until I found out about FARA. Now, this centre means a lot to me. I am happy that I have a stable job and can plan on my finances.
I am at this stage thanks to the people working with me here at FARA. We have of course our ups and downs, but the misunderstandings go away very quickly. We receive lots of good advice and support. Thank you.” G, male, 20 years old, employed
“Through FARA I have a roof over my head, help for my basic needs, and support for education, formal and informal. But beside these, it has offered hope and belief that I will achieve my goals and the main common goal, becoming independent. I am aware of the efforts made for us. I hope that this program is able to help as many young people as possible.” P, male, 20 years old, part time job and student at university