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Review for Livada Orphan Care Inc, Plano, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working as a volunteer with Livada and contributing financially for the last several years. This organization and its founder are a model for other organizations that to follow.

Role:  Donor
 

Review for Livada Orphan Care Inc, Plano, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As both a certified public accountant and a lawyer with experience researching fraudulent organizations, I am always skeptical of new non-profits and charities serving disadvantaged children. in the case of Livada I can say, without any reason to doubt, that this is an excellent organization serving orphaned and marginalized children in Romania. After having volunteered with another organization serving Romania in the early 2000s, I connected with the Livada leadership--namely its director, Bruce Thomas--with the intention of learning more about their programs in Romania as I prepared for some field research for a paper i was writing at Harvard Law School. Not only did Livada provide me with the opportunity to serve the children in Targu-Mures, Romania in a tangible way, but also provided me unparalleled access to its Romanian citizen workers in country for the purposes of my research. I continued my work with Livada during my time studying European Family Law at the University of Cambridge in England, and again was given unparalleled access and the opportunity to work with abandoned infants and toddlers in Romania. My husband and i will be lifelong supporters of Livada, giving both time and financial assistance as we are able. If you want to serve marginalized children in a hands on, tangible way -- schedule a trip. If you want to make a charitable contribution and know your money is being used on the ground for its intended purpose -- check out their financial statements, which demonstrate the relatively low administrative costs of the organization. If you are interested in learning more about the crisis facing abandoned and marginalized children in Romania, I encourage you to engage with the Livada leadership--Mr. Thomas in particular has dedicated his life's work to providing a way out for these children who have no other advocate.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a documentary filmmaker to promote the work of this organization

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Livada Orphan Care Inc, Plano, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Having given time and money to a similar organization in the past, I began to give instead to Livada due to their more focused approach to reaching unparented children in one particular area in Romania. The founder and CEO, Bruce Thomas, has spent the majority of his adult life pursuing ministry opportunities and understands the unique challenges of working as a non-profit in Romania. Livada periodically provides very detailed and enthusiastic updates to its donors and makes financial supporters feel a part of their ministry. I am happy to report that we will be taking a trip to Romania for the first time in many many years to join Livada in the work with unparented children by donating our time this summer.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Donor