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Target demographics: The poor and forgotten, mostly children and youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250 kids, built homes, supported over 300 families with food, clothes, shoes, even money for special needs.

Geographic areas served: Eastern Europe

Programs: Sponsoring children and families in dire need of the basic's of life, building houses for families who have either lost their homes or their house is falling apart, providing an after school program for over 140 kids daily; mentoring, helping with homework, meals, showers, and special coarse workshops preparing kids for their future. Young women trafficking is growing by the month in these Eastern European countries, we are doing our part to save these girls from this epidemic that has destroyed so many families.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Cristina M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After 17 years since I met Mr. John Dumas in Bucharest Romania, he continues to amaze me and inspire me. He can help any man because he understood that all people have needs, regardless of their social status and thus has dedicated to give much of his time for helping others, in various tough situations they faced.

In a situation like this, at one point, I found myself with my family. During this period of hard struggles, John Dumas reached to us on a daily basis to offer his support and encouragement.

All this support had a clear impact over me, over my family and this happened only because of his heart for Romania and romanians. His wisdom, helpes me even at present time, with decesions I have to take and that is because he truly inspired my life in an efficient awesome way.

He found time for anyone, of any age, even for the smallest of people. He walked in hospitals and voluntarily gave of his time to sway abandoned babies. I look forward to seeing how West2East will help even more precious lifes

2 MonyS

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have met John Dumas on 13rd of October 1999, it was on a Wednesday afternoon in a park, Bucharest Romania.
He was there talking and trying to help the teenagers involved in drugs, fights and petty theft, teenagers without any hope nor future in our society.
I was very impressed to see that an american was interested of the Romanian youth, it was the first time for me to see such a thing.
I got in touch with him and since then we have been staying friends.
I was more impressed when I saw that he had no personal interest in what he was doing, he had a big heart for people and he was dedicating a lot of his time trying to help the others to take the best decision for their life.
As an effect of John”s work a lot of teenagers were taken out of their miserable life.
Time passed and meanwhile I got married in 2003. Me and my husband got closed to John from whom we have learnt a lot of useful things for our lives.
Seeing his dedication and love for people made us to follow his example and live our lives not just for us but also for the others.
In the year 2005 was born our boy, Eric and we were very happy.
On 14th of July, 2008 all three of us had a car accident. My husband was unconscious and at 4 o” clock in the morning the first person who came to my mind was John Dumas, he came right away to the accident place.
It followed hard weeks and months, me and my son were ok, but my husband Ionut was in a coma for 15 months. All this time John Dumas was a huge support and help for me and Eric.
John spent many days with us in hospital, helped us with special food for Ionut, brought from America, which was vital for his life. Beside all this John”s optimism and encouragements helped me to keep going.
John has influenced my life so much that whatever may happen in this lifeI I will never forget him and what he did for us and for the others .
I feel honoured that I know John Dumas because rarely you can meet in life such a special person like him.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

John Dumas is a man with a unique heart to help people.
Knowing the man for over 15 years now, I cand say the words that can best describe his life are OTHER PEOPLE. He has poured down his entire life to that goal, seeing people in need getting the help they wanted and bringing them support and hope.
He made alot of things during the years, alot more that I can write in this review.
He made free english classes for everyone who couldn't afford to pay for one, with alot of poor kids and teenagers from the streets of Romania coming and putting the bases of speaking english.
He had reached out to the poor and needy on a daily basis.
He reached out to gipsy neighborhoods, poor and needy faimilies all around. All you had to say was a simple word about someone in need,he was all in.
One time I told him about a community of street people in Bucharest that was living in the underground sewers. A couple days later we were going into the sewers, crawling between pipes 10 ft under, into a series of tunnels hundreds of meters long. We finally arrived to a place that you only hear about in the movies: a community of hundreds of people living under ground in Bucharest. These were not the usual bums, these were mothers with children that had nowhere to live, sons that lost their parents, men that lost their houses. There were all living 10 ft under the busy boulevards in Bucharest, with beds made of wood put over the heat pipes.
John reached out to these people, making them his goal for alot of weeks to come. He helped them with food, supplies and also he supported them with the things necessary to find a job or other things in order to reabilitate and go back into society.
Over 10 years later I am happy to know people from those sewers that are totally rebuilt, normal people, people that now have a normal, happy family and have integrated into society.
After all these years, he left behind literally hundreds of people there were helped and care for, people that found hope in no other place. Those efforts really paid off.
There is something very special about this man. And I have the absolute confidence he will continue to do great things, no matter where he is.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

John Dumas is a man who has given himself to helping others make the most out of their lives. By providing in the needs of people throughout eastern Europe and most of all by giving them a purpose to live for. His life has made great impact on many younger and older people, showing them their life has great value. His lively example and enthusiasm have given them the hope and inspiration to help others in the same way. His heart is to see others prosper and flourish without asking anything in return. I have seen the fruitful results of his efforts both in Romania and Moldova and can say that many are touched by this man's love for people.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello ! I'm writing this review because of the man who is in charge of this non-profit organisation who spent much of his life in estern Europe helping other people. I remember seeing am American in Romania after comunism fell, i think he was the first one i have seen in my life. I have seen him helping build houses for familys with 6 children, and helping many poor people from Romania with clothes, food, money and personal counseling. Many people in Romania and Moldova ware blessed by his efforts to help and support people that did not owe him anything. This organisation will continue for shure to help others if we continue to support them.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I remember meeting John Dumas for the 1st time. It was in Bucharest, Romania in 2001. He had a group of young men that he had gathered around himself......off the street, from broken families, drug addicts, and lonely kids. It was like he was their big brother and he helped put their lives together again....he was there for them when they needed him. This is John's heart, to help those in need. He has started West2East to make an even bigger impact on the poor, broken, and down and out. The young men he helped back then are now married, with families and jobs doing what John did for them....helping others. Join with me in seeing West2East change the lives of many people that society has given up on.
William McGowan

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I remember the year 1997, when I met John. I remember we were living on the same street in Brasov, Romania. I was then 16 years old, and I remember being very excited, and amazed, when he first showed me how to use a video player and the projector. The patience and frienship that he have shown towards me left a good mark on my teenage years. John is one of the people whom I saw singing on a stage, and that has further inspired me to sing and enjoy singing with all of my heart. Thus John was an inspirational man, but also a man of many hidden values. I heard from friends of his social activity, of how he helps the poor. So not only that he was a friend of teens and children, but he was the firend of the poor. And that raised my respect and I felt honoured to call him my friend.


4

Client Served

Rating: 5

25 years ago our family had suffered a loss, our father died in a car accident leaving behind a mother with five children, from one to ten years old, and me being one of those children. We were devastated and not knowing were to go or how to handle the situation.
After a few months John Dumas came up in our lives, he was like a deep breath because he started to support us regularly with food, clothes, money and everything that was needed. More than that, he was a real friend for us, spending quality time with us. John had a great impact on our lives, he was like a father for us, being there exactly when we needed most, and this was for more than 10 years. It meant a lot when he was interested in all aspects of our lives: school, if we had food, and all the things that we needed, to have normal life.
John is a man with a big heart, with opened eyes to see the needy people. He has a strong faith in God, and whatever he does are God’s thoughts. To this day, me and my family back then are all well. We are all blessed, and it was John who took part in the process of building up the lives we have now.
I am very grateful for the impact of this kind of angel, and thankful that John has forwarded me this attitude towards other people in need: to take care of them and to be there when they need it. I would like to be a “John” for the others. :-)

5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

John is a man of great qualities. Not only does he have a big heart, but he lives his life to save those who live in very poor conditions. I know John for a long time now. And I have seen poor people's lives changed because John was there to help. In many cases, John was the only one to see hope. He never gave up, and never will. Back in the early years, I can still picture John surrounded by poor children. Now, I see those children being adults and it's an incredible sight. It's astonishing to count the changes. There is no trace of poverty in their lives anymore. They have families and jobs. They regained their smiles. John is the man that back then, in a country like Romania, that barely came out of communism, got out of his comfort zone, and stretched towards the need. I remember John bringing groups of people into his home, giving them his food, giving them money to pay their bills. And John was not a rich man, for American standards. But with the little he had, he came to Romania and blessed the poor. Who does that nowadays? Where are those people today? John still comes to Romania from time to time. He still keeps in touch with those whom he have helped. And now he wants to start something grander, in order to help more poor people. We need more "Johns"!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello there! The review I'm writing is about a very special man who spent much of his life helping other people, his innitials are: J.D. Over the time he helped many poor people from Romania with clothes, food, money and even personal counseling. The heart that he envolved in these actions is amazing! Many people in Romania are still reaping the benefits of these actions even dozens of years later, one of those people is: ME! I've been helped by this man between 1998-2000; now, years later I have a job, a wife and a home! My experience went far beyond my expectations. God bless you!