REACH 2 ROMANIA
Reach 2 Romania grew out of a Wrexham based medical charity, Rom-Aid International, which had established a range of medical and social projects in the town of Sighisoara during the 1990's. Through the annual Christmas shoe-box appeal, contacts were established with families and young people in Teius (Christmas 1995) and Cornesti (Christmas 1996).
At the end of 2002, Martin Woodhall, a volunteer with Rom-Aid International, decided to set up a youth project in the town of Teius. The new charity was registered in Romania as Fundatia Emanuel Betania (FEB) at the start of 2003, with Ani Melente as President. The charity became registered in England & Wales as Fundatia Emanuel Betania UK at the end of 2004. The registrations in Romania and England & Wales are completely separate organisations, with separate objectives and separate management.
In the period 2003 - 2008 a house and hall were constructed in Teius to be the focus of a program of weekly clubs and activities run by FEB. Work in Cornesti was simply focussed on summer holidays and Christmas presents through the Rusu family.
At the end of 2008, the youth hall in Teius was largely complete, and first generation of young people that we had worked with were growing up and moving on to other parts of Romania. Some of the young people from Teius started to support a missionary doctor in Berindei, and some of the young people from Cornesti moved to Timisoara. So our geographical expansion in 2009 - 2011 has been organic, following our young people as they have grown up and moved on.
The charity changed its registered name to Reach 2 Romania in the autumn of 2009.