“Everyone has the right to a nationality”

Fundatia ARCHWAY

Fundatia ARCHWAY, Romania has been working with the abandoned and homeless children of Bucharest for the past 13 years. Without identity papers these children and adolescents are not entitled to medical care, education, jobs, any state benefits or the right to vote and make their voices heard. They are not recognized by the government and have no rights. The population we target is children and orphans who have run away from abusive homes or institutions. They are Romanian and/or Roma (Gypsy) but without IDs they are the forgotten throwaways of the Ceausescu years. As they age they are having children of their own and the problem is perpetuated.