registered UK Charity No.1087961
Kingsport, USA charitable non-profit # 86-0957704
Oradea, Romania registered Charity No.14839712
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History of Smiles
to make a Smile -
Developed to make an Impact!
In 1990 –
just months after the fall of Ceausescu in Romania – the Smiles
Foundation’s founders, Kevin Hoy and Nia Jones visited State
orphanages in several major cities of Romania. Of the thousands of
children seen, one common observation was noted with them all – a
total lack of Smiles.
and Jones vowed to return to Romania to make a Smile appear on the
faces of children and parents struggling for life within this
years of regular visits to Romania, supported by many from the UK and
America who were providing significant aid for distribution and
funding for several ongoing projects, Kevin and Nia decided to
establish an official Charity - The Smiles Foundation. They and
an army of like-minded people began the work to help bring Smiles to
the Romanian people.
in 1997, first as a ‘charitable club’, the Smiles Club subsequently
became a fully approved Charity in the United Kingdom, America and
seeks to relieve poverty, promote education and provide hope &
opportunity for many through a variety of projects which include
Evangelistic Outreach, Food Distribution, Medical Support, Social
Assistance, Education, Child Care and Housing provision.
2006 was a
significant year of completing several major project facilities. The
new Cihei offices were completed and what is now the Cihei Elderly
Care Centre was opened. An Emergency Housing Unit in Mierlau was
finished (providing shelter for evicted families and safety for
victims of domestic abuse). We also finished building a new Children’s
Centre in Gepiu which includes a Day Centre providing education,
training in life-skills and outreach to young people, often unable to
attend school or need help with homework as parents are unable to
phase 1 of building the community complex incorporating a new School
for up to 250 children was completed. In 2007, phase 2 began
incorporating a Medical Clinic and a Community Centre/Gymnasium for
sports, social and cultural activities. Along with the Charity’s first
Church Build – the entire Complex opened in June 2008.
In October 2013 the
Foundation opened Phase One of the Joint Facility of Love - a Elderly
Care Home for up to 32 Elderly people. Phase Two is a Centre for
Children with Disabilities and is currently the major Capital Building
project. Also, in the Boga Mountains, land has
been purchased with a view to
building a Mountain Retreat/Camp Centre. There is no shortage of ideas
for the ever expanding Smiles Foundation.
Foundation – its Board of Trustees and thousands of supporters around
the world are motivated by a strong Christian faith and its teachings
to help the poor and look after widows and orphans.
Foundation has a Family Care project that delivers Food packages each
and every month to over 200 families. This is the cornerstone of the
Foundation’s work. The Foundation has built, equipped and operates
many facilities and projects including the Tileagd Community School,
which includes many Gypsy children, often experiencing education for
the first time in their lives.
programme provides assistance for families to be properly registered
with the authorities and know the options of support available to
them. The Foundation also seeks to help with employment opportunities
for those physically and mentally capable of working.
project has met a desperate need for many families who have seen the
economic pressures of life in Romania get on top of them. Many, having
been evicted, find refuge and security in one of the 30 residential
houses owned by the Foundation, provided free for families otherwise
facing life on the streets. For those still facing Homelessness –
Smiles has a significant project to the Homeless including a Container
Village serving nearly 50 Homeless residents.
Foundation uses the significant funds donated to its work as an
investment in the people of Romania for whom the government cannot
assist until it builds a stronger infrastructure that can then, from a
position of strength and wealth, better support the weak and poor.
one million pounds (sterling) – 1.6 million US dollars invested each
year, the Smiles Foundation is proving to be a Charity of significance
– operating professionally under strong leadership with oversight from
Europe and America and yet promoting the growth and responsibility
within the Romanian people.
Foundation may be a comparatively lesser known Charity on the
International stage, but for the 1500+ people, among the poorest of
Romania, already benefiting from its daily work– Smiles is a
seen daily in its work through a variety of standards and assessments,
both externally and within the Foundation. However, in addition to
people eating regularly, having a roof over their head, medical
provision when sick, social assistance when in need – poor people
through the Smiles Team in Romania have a friend they can rely on and
that makes them Smile – that’s our Success.
By: Kevin D. Hoy
The Smiles Foundation
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