World Vision began its ministry in Romania in 1990, soon after the fall of the communist regime, responding to the plight of Romanian children in orphanages. Later, World Vision worked with the Romanian government in the Child Protection System Reform, aimed at decreasing the number of children living in institutions and developing alternative services to institutionalisation.
Over time, World Vision Romania developed services aimed at preventing child abandonment, and sought to enhance rehabilitation for children with disabilities through access to specialised services from an early age and thus increase their access to public education, increase awareness on HIV & AIDS and educate the general public on this issue, etc. Since 2001 World Vision Romania has implemented Scholarship Projects, to support the increasing number of excelling students from rural areas, whose parents are unable to afford their further education.
Over the last 20 years, World Vision Romania has provided support to more than 350,000 children and adults. Currently, World Vision operates community development programmes in the counties of Cluj, Constanta, Dolj, Ialomita, Valcea, Vaslui and in the 5th Sector of Bucharest, supporting approximately 20,850 children through child sponsorship. Each of World Vision's programs is designed around community participation and involvement in order to achieve transformational, long-term development and the greatest gains in creating a better life for children and more chances to fulfill it.