- Area of Focus
- Orphaned & Abandoned Children
In 1989, when communism fell in Romania, many major news organizations became aware of the inhumane conditions for the 100,000 children in state-run orphanages. One ABC news article described what they saw: “Young children in straightjackets, groups of mentally disturbed adolescents spending their days in bleak rooms sitting in eerie silence, babies nearly starving to death.”
While visiting Romania with his wife in 1990, Assist International founder Bob Pagett witnessed the Romanian orphan crisis with his own eyes, and he felt compelled to respond. He partnered with an organization called Caminul Felix, which means “Happy Home” in Romanian. Caminul Felix is a family-style orphan village that “gives families to the children of the world.” Caminul Felix was founded in Romania in 1990, and today, many of the children who arrived as young orphans are living joyful lives and have families of their own.