Testimonials

Hear what our volunteers and donors say about their experience with the Heart of Romania's Children Foundation.



Business Office Manager

zamfira pauna's passion is the foundation which she founded. she is tireless in her pursuit of a better life for the children of romania. hearts of romania is truly a charity worthy of support and prayer. not only is this a fiscally responsible organization, it is led by a woman of superior character and love. those whom she serves are blessed by her dedication and hard work! Caryl Patterson - Orlando, Florida

Capture Manager

In june 2011 my wife, briannie and i had the wonderful opportunity to do something that we will always be grateful for. during our vacation to romania, we prioritized a visit to the romanian orphanage sponsored by heart of romania children's foundation. leading up to the trip, briannie and i managed to raise over $500 from friends, family and co-workers in only two weeks!! in working closely with zamfira, we were able to successfully create "personalized care packages" for each of the 18 children at the orphanage. we used the remainder of the funds to purchase food and personal hygiene products for the children in romania. although the lead up in purchasing the items and creating the care packages was fun, the most exciting aspect of our trip was being blessed with the opportunity to hand each of the children their personalized care package. seeing the glow in their eyes, the appreciation in their smiles and the happiness in their laughter was priceless! thank you, heart of romania children's foundation for providing my wife and i with this incredible experience. we are already planning another trip to romania centered on further supporting the orphanage and heart of romania children's foundation! keep up the great work! George Burlacu - Orlando, Fl

Director of Activities

From the very first day i was introduced to the president of heart of romania i knew this there was something special about this foundation. zamfira spoke with such passion and conviction of the children residing in that orphanage. i would see her canvasing with other workers for items of necessity or for monetary assistance or even invitation to gala benefiting her cause and the people would respond positively. i look forward for the opportunity to make an active contribution to such a worthy cause and hopefully, one day, would have the privilege of travelling to romania and meeting some of the blessed recipients of this worthy organization. may theses children find loving homes in the future and bless others as they are being blessed. Anne Hercules - Orlando, Fl

Director of Development

This heartwarming organization has a wonderful founder who makes sure that the children from her native country get the support and help that they need. everything she receives goes directly to the children. Julie Cole - Orlando Health and Rehabilitation Center

Tj's promotions and event planning

Heart of romania founder zamfira pauna has an unwavering passion to raise awareness to the needs of the children in romania. there is not one day ms. pauna does not think about the needs of the children. if there should be one organization to support wholeheartedly, it would be heart of romaina. Tarralyn Jones - Oviedo, Fl

romania trip with my family

my life seemed to me to be useless lately. it seemed that all that i had done in my young life thus far had been without success. i had worked in churches and worked with people in ministry all of my life but no matter how i tried or how much i worked, it didn't seem that anything ever changed. i was without god’s love and power in my life, or so i thought. i had prayed every night that god would show himself to me and show me that he still worked in power in our world. then my father and sister went to romania on a mission trip in june with heart of romania. they came back with the joy of the lord flowing through them and a passion for god and the children in romania that was absolutely contagious. i felt like they had found the place where god was working and where he wanted me to work as well. i needed to go to romania. i wanted to find god so bad that i could not sleep. finally my dad and i went to romania in september, 2012. i can’t begin to explain how god met me but he did. and i will not be the same again. i will always be thankful that he answered my prayers. pamela - winter park

romania orphanege

my self and 4 friends decided to give a week of our lives helping children in orphanages in romania . we joined the charity organisation, horcf, and took the 13 hour flight to bucuresti. i was at the orphanage children home in domnesti. the chad for 5 days i lived and worked with 13 children, helped with homework, enjoyed playtime and took them to school. they were aged between 4 - 18 years old. we took gifts, clothes donated by friends, toys, colouring books, crayons, pavement chalks, stickers, modelling balloons, various learning books, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners. we made up games, handed out prized stickers if they did their homework. orphanage children are very intelligent orphanage children that deserve a helping hand in life. they work hard, pray hard and play hard. orphanage children all fight for your attention, but this orphanage children just need love and cuddles, some attention and help with study. you simply cant focus on one child, but when you watch, you realise, given a little help, some stand just a little more chance in setting and achieving a goal in life. the orphanage is clean, the water is hot and the children are happy, all you can ask for is a smile if you would like to live with a very hospitable host family and want to help children that are from poor backgrounds , this is the perfect place to give you a challenge whilst giving you an amazing insight into romania. i will cherish this experience and come back to visit in the coming years. thank you and kindest regards -helen, uk helen - uk

program director

in 2002, zamfira pauna created the heart of romania's children foundation to help children in need. her mission is to bring hope to underprivileged and deprived children. with one of her key purposes is to provide these children with physical, medical, and educational resources so they may live a productive life. zamfira has worked very hard to keep this foundation alive for over thirteen years and has earned the reputation of having a reliable and enthusiastic organization that has helped better the lives of hundreds of children. her accomplishments have reflected in her mission and vision. as an active member who has been involved in working on volunteer engagements with zamfira at heart of romania’s children foundation, we have certainly made a positive difference within the community. i will encourage everyone to join us in building a brighter future for children in need to become agents of hope. catherine bahrami - sanford

Romania visit to different organizations that help children

Recently, I took a trip to Romania to visit different organizations that help children. Having spent three years in Bucharest in the early 1990’s, I have always had a special place in my heart for the country and its children. My church was looking to identify organizations that we can partner with and through an Internet search, I found Heart of Romania. Before my trip, I had spoked with Pauna Zamfira from the organization. She insisted that while in Romania, I make my way out to an outlying community of Bucharest to visit a private orphanage called Casa Lidia. I had never met Pauna but I was moved to reserve a day to visit Casa Lidia because of her sincerity and love for this special place. Bucharest is a wild city with vicious traffic in the center that slowly abates as one enters its outer communities. Casa Lidia is located in Domnesti, about a half hour drive from the center of the city. My cab driver asked for directions once we were close and a few minutes later we were there. Once through the gate, I was introduced to Liviu Guias. Liviu grew up in an orphanage and started Casa Lidia seventeen years ago. Liviu is startlingly jovial. I say this because, most people you meet in Bucharest carry a tough exterior. They talk about politics, economy and even philosophy and history. They are upset about current conditions and scandals in the government. Liviu immediately struck me as a spiritual man that lives by a deep calling to serve these children. Because of this, he is very happy and has a wonderful energy that seems to permeate the entire property of Casa Lidia. We first toured the grounds where Livui has transformed this relatively small property into a farm with chickens, pigs, goats and every, herb and vegetable that naturally grows in Romania. He relies on water, earth and sunshine - go figure. He says he wants the best for his children and nature will supply the best for them. There is also a small fenced in sports field for activities and exercise. This is a private orphanage and does not receive money from the state. The food naturally grown on their small farm provides a portion of their food but this is merely a small part of their needs. For example, they wash clothes for twenty in one standard size washer. I also spoke with Livui concerning his heart to help cook for the homeless children still living in the sewer canals beneath Bucharest. He simply does not have the time or resources. I saw so many opportunities for service that my church hopes to help with in the future. By western standards, a tour of the orphanage would not impress. But, in the context of this very needy country, there is something very special here. There is love. This love is in people like Pauna and Livui and his family and extends to these children. They care. They sacrifice. My visit to Casa Lidia gave me inspiration. It inspired me because someone like Liviu took the poor circumstances of his life and turned it into something extraordinarily positive for others. It inspired me not to merely attempt to make lemonade from lemons but to change the world. I left, asking myself questions that would reorder my life and my priorities. My visit left me grateful and ready to do great things. Matt Casa Lidia - Orlando, FL

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