The Sanctuary is a family, not an institution. We offer a place to live and life skill lessons for institutionalized adults with disabilities
Jacodu Education Project
A short film highlighting the progress of the Education Program and information for the next stage of its development.
Focus on HIV/AIDS
Love Light Romania provides support and services to those infected with HIV/AIDS and those who's lives have been affected by the virus.
What We Are Doing ?
Love Light Romania is dedicated to providing support services to children, teenagers & families affected by HIV/AIDS.
End of Life Care
We believe that everyone has the right to die with dignity, where they can access medication and not be alone.
Understanding poor family communities, instead of judging them, helps us to stop cycles of poverty in future generations.
Where we work
We have been working in the area of Transylvania, Romania, since 2000. We have projects in Mediaș, Sighişoara and Târgu-Mureș.
Love Light Romania is dedicated to serving marginalized groups in Romania, in both the field of HIV and breaking cycles of poverty. Empowering communities who would otherwise not have the right to a healthy life, education or employment.
To provide material and emotional support to people with HIV/AIDS and those who live well below the poverty line, so that they can have a healthy, safe and prosperous future.
Through listening to people’s individual needs, we can provide a professional plan of action and with our specially trained team we can offer high quality service. By being a voice for those who are weak and discriminated against, we ensure that children, young adults, entire communities do not struggle alone.
Well, when I am asked why Love Light Romania was started and why we have established these projects and live here, I always say for me it is For the Love of God. I know that may sound dramatic but it really is for me, I always wanted to serve and have a deep faith. For me it felt like I was guided to Romania because of circumstances and experiences that took place. Here I found a need of service and it felt that this is where we should establish our NGO and service.
Founder of Love Light Romania
Founder and President of Love Light Romania
We are committed Christians who on Humanitarian Aid trips to Romania in the 1990s saw the terrible need of the children, and moved to Romania in 2000 with a dream, our love of, and desire to follow Jesus. We have devoted all our time since to our work with sick, dying and disadvantaged children.
“Whoever will not carry the cross that is given to them when they follow me,
cannot be my follower”
– Luke 14:27
Love Light Romania
The seeds of Love Light Romania were sown in the mid 90’s when founders Jo and Ron Jowett started to travel to Cernavoda in Romania. They would bring over equipment and aid that was needed at the orphanage that they were visiting.
After travelling to Romania numerous times both Jo and Ron decide that they could achieve more if they actually moved to Romania and started their own NGO there. So, they sold and left everything in the UK and made the leap to Romania.
The story of how they chose the village that they settled in and all their experiences in the beginning are wonderful, but unfortunately, we don’t have enough space here. One thing that they did feel is that they were guided by God and everything that they have achieved since then is in service to Him.
It was the year 2000 when Ron and Jo moved to Romania. Then 1 year later they had all the paperwork resolved so that Asociatia Love Light Romania was born, the 17th August 2001. In the beginning they would work with children form a local hospital that were HIV positive, the services offered were respite care at their home in Ighisu-nou, end of life care, holidays, clothes, day trips, and so much more. Just so you can have an image in your head, they lived in is a small village in a country only 10 years out of a communist regime. Then you have these crazy English people walking down the street with dogs, donkey, sheep and children, sometimes the dogs would walk along leading the donkey. But everybody was happy, loved and felt free.
After this Love Light Romania brought a house in 2003 and renovated it into a placement centre for the remaining children from the hospital in our local town of Medias. In 2005 we had a team of builders from Wales come out and built a huge extension on the house, this meant that we could offer support and a home to many more people in need. After this we became a residential home for people with disabilities with an emphasis on HIV. In 2010 we started working in the village of Jacodu, here we began our Jacodu children’s project. Over the years we have helped children from poor families get to and not abandon school. We have offered a place to work for young adults, though our second-hand shop and agricultural program. In 2012 we renovated a building to be a purpose built after school centre. And every year we have grown and expanded our agricultural projects.
Currently we are involved in 4 major projects in Romania in the field of HIV and breaking cycles of poverty
At the Sanctuary we offer our residents tailor made life skills programs depending on their abilities and special needs. We want to teach them the life skills that they didn’t learn whilst growing up pin institutions. They then either go onto live an independent life, or they call the Sanctuary their forever home.
At the Sanctuary we run our HIV support programs. These include free transport to hospitals for regular check-ups, medicines and hospital transfers. It is vital that a person who is suffering from HIV stays in control of their disease. If they take their medicines correctly and on time then they can get to a level where they can’t transmit the disease to others via sex.
The residents of the Sanctuary help out to produce natural beeswax candles. The aim of this project is to provide employment for 2 of our beneficiaries and help them to live a more independent and meaningful life.
We have an afterschool program takes place at the Jacodu Children’s Project Learning Center. While the children now attend school more regularly, they still remain illiterate due to poor attendance in the past. A special needs teacher works with small groups of the children using basic teaching methods and tools, which they are able to understand and learn from.
Love Light Romania has been providing transport for Ukrainians from the border to safe homes in Romania, mainly the cities of Sibiu and Medias. We have also been transporting humanitarian aid up to the border. Food, clothes, blankets, medical items, hygiene and sanitary products and so much more.
We have recently been sponsored by a local business called Aterm
Recently we made a visit to the project at Jacodu and on the way back we stopped at the homes of the families who use it. It made me realise the massive difference Love Light Romania make to people living in desperate poverty, who would otherwise remain forgotten and excluded from society. Love Light Romania knows that helping the children gain confidence and skills through education can be a first step towards breaking the cycle of poverty which traps them.
Since the formation of Love Light Romania many children now have a quality of life they must never have envisaged. While I stayed with them it was great to see them so happy and for those who were not so well the care and attention they got was amazing. Every penny raised for Love Light helps the disadvantaged in so many ways through their various projects. It is a privilege to be able to help them and may God bless them in all they do.
MBE, Teddies For Tragedies
For anyone who has ever loved a child, you will be moved by the extraordinary work of Love Light Romania. It has given these children love and hope, when they were faced with loneliness and despair. If you are lucky enough to see the work of Love Light Romania, it will make an impression on you that will last a lifetime.
Living Well Church is delighted to be connected with the work of Love Light Romania. We have been involved since 2008 and it forms a significant part of our mission activity as a church. We have raised money and have also had the opportunity to travel to Romania and provide hands on support. The work carried out by Love Light is really important and carries a Christian ethos. We look forward to being involved and partnering with them for many years to come.