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From 1995 until now, our programs have restored freedom of movement and hope in a life of fulfillments to over 0 children and adults with disabilities in Romania.

Motivation Romania Foundation was legally registered on February 15, 1995. The organization was created as a result of a project of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Motivation Charitable Trust in the UK.

Motivation’s programs include:

  • Evaluation and prescription of personalized wheelchairs adapted for each user’s needs
  • Independent living training for wheelchair users
  • Employment services for people with disabilities
  • IMPACT – family like services for children with severe disabilities deinstitutionalized from Placement Center No. 4 – Tancabesti.
  • Adapted sports and advocacy for rights and services for persons with disabilities in Romania

Milestones

1993 – Production of wheelchairs
1995 – The first program in Romania that provides independent living training for wheelchair users
1997 – Active Rehabilitation and Social Integration Center, Magurele, Ilfov County
1999 – Adapted driving school
2001 – Motivation Ltd., the social enterprise owned by Motivation, is legally registered
2002 – The IMPACT program starts to provide community services for children with moderate and severe disabilities from the Placement Centre no. 4 Tancabesti – Ilfov County. The program is initiated in partnership with the IMPACT Alliance, with member NGOs from the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Norway.
2003 – Wheelchair tennis development in partnership with the International Tennis Federation (ITF)
2004 – Motivation Summer Camp at Varatec is built
2005 – Service development for people with disabilities living in institutions
2006 – Center for Assistive Technologies
2007 – Employment services for people with disabilities
2008 – Partnership with Shaw Trust, UK
2009 – 7 new regional centers added to the three existing regional centers, with funds from the European Social Fund
2010 – We celebrated 15 years of programs dedicated to independent living for people with disabilities. Our anniversary coincided with construction of a new head office for the Foundation in Buda, Ilfov county. In 2010 we also built, together with Habitat Romania and with funds from Vodafone Romania Foundation, a home for youth with developmental disabilities in our care and for colleagues with mobility disabilities from Motivation. We also established 2 new regional teams, for a total of 11 teams throughout the country.

2011– We developed the second social business, Motivation Medical Rehabilitation Clinic. We organized on Romanian National Television People with Disabilities Gala – Second Edition, together with ActiveWatch-Media Monitoring Agency. We opened a new occupational therapy workshop, where our youth recycle paper and make cards and other original products out of it.

In 2010 we celebrated 15 years of programs for people with disabilities in Romania!Throughout the year we celebrated with our clients and with partners from Mosaic (USA), Shaw Trust (UK) and Vodafone Romania Foundation, whom we thank for their longtime dedication and support!

In 2011, we organized the second edition of the Gala for People with Disabilities along with an awarness campaign about the rights and the abilities of people with disabilities. We opened a medical rehabilitation clinic where our clients receive quality medical rehabilitation services from our experienced physiotherapists.

We wish that the number of persons with disabilities employed with our support increases, and that we are able to assist as many people with mobility disabilities to receive appropriate, personalized wheelchairs and mobility equipments.

We will continue to promote the successes of our beneficiaries and to increase the number of people we support via our regional teams in Buda (Ilfov), Piatra Neamt, Iasi, Brasov, Galati, Sibiu, Oradea, Targu Mures, Turnu-Severin, Pitesti, Ploiesti and Timisoara.

We dream of building a true partnership with local communitieswhere we provide services so that together with you, those who live in these communities, we make these services sustainable. With your help, the 27 children and young people from Motivation’s group-homes will continue to have fulfilling lives with us. With your help, people with disabilities in the community will receive the services they need closer to where they live, learn or work.

We will work towards increased media visibility, to reflect our initiatives and events aimed to protect, assist and support people with disabilities and to promote their abilities.

We will continue to grow on our own, to develop our regional network of mobility and independent living servicesfor people with disabilities in Romania, and we will learn to be self-sustaining so that we continue to support our clients through income generated by Motivation’s social enterprise.