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Leeds, England registered UK Charity No.1087961
Kingsport, USA charitable non-profit # 86-0957704
Oradea, Romania registered Charity No.14839712

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Brief History of Smiles

Established 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.

Founders Hoy and Jones vowed to return to Romania to make a Smile appear on the faces of children and parents struggling for life within this impoverished nation.

After several 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.

Established in 1997, first as a ‘charitable club’, the Smiles Club subsequently became a fully approved Charity in the United Kingdom, America and Romania itself.

The Charity 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 assist.

In Tileagd, 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.

The Smiles 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.

Today the 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.

The Social 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.

The Housing 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.

The 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.

With nearly 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.

The Smiles 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 "life-saver".

Success is 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.

Updated: Jan 2014
By: Kevin D. Hoy
Chief Executive
The Smiles Foundation


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