Our Story

Mission & History

Who We Are

Hearts Across Romania was founded in 2003 by Mariana Achiriloaie, Geanie Burns, and Susan Flanagan—three friends brought together by their desire to help orphaned Romanian children.

Our Mission: Hearts Across Romania is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Romania’s children and the communities where they live.

We are operated by an all-volunteer staff. Hearts Across Romania works closely with Romanian organizations like Catharsis Association of Brasov and Un Pas Spre Viitor (A Step Towards the Future) who are located in Brasov, Romania.

Our Accomplishments

We have achieved so much to help Romania's children:

  • In-kind medical donations valued at over $217,000 have been shipped and distributed to Brasov area hospitals.

  • $36,000 of new medical equipment purchased and donated to children’s hospitals in the Brasov area.

  • Sponsored eye operations for Romanian children. Donated new and used eye- glasses to children and adults in the Brasov community.

  • Provided over 3200 pairs of new shoes to children and needy families.

  • Provide ongoing sponsorship of the A Step to the Future (USPV) Transitional Program—donations to program total over $33,000.

  • Over $1,200 of new personal hygiene items (including toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, hair spray, shaving cream, razors, lipstick, nail polish, soap, etc.) donated in 2014.

But there is much more to do. Won't you help us by volunteering or by making a tax-deductible donation?

Hearts Across Romania is registered as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a member of Texas Association of Nonprofit Organizations (TANO).

Hearts Across Romania does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, veteran status, or ethnicity in the delivery of goods or services or in the selection of volunteers.