Asociatia Maria
MARIA - Association for Supporting Disadvantaged Young People

Group 640 HCPT- Romania


In the summer of 1998 Bridget Mullens, leader of HCPT group 32, came to Romania with the Intention of implementing HCPT project. Next year four volunteer helpers, a doctor and a chaplain from Caritas Bucharest were invited to join group 32 in Lourdes. During that week we joined different groups, made useful contacts and got some experience.

Back home we decided to get involved in this project and the following year in 2000, very enthusiastic, we formed a family group of five children and six helpers together with a doctor and a chaplain and came to Lourdes as group 640.

 For two years we stayed close to group 32, participated to all their activities and got more experience. In the years that followed we have been present in Lourdes as an independent HCPT group and called our holiday ‘A Week with Maria’. We have kept a nucleus of helpers with experience and tried to involve as many others as possible. All these years we have been working hard to change mentalities and develop ourselves as a team keeping up with HCPT principles.



In 2007 we set up a Non Governmental Organization called ‘MARIA’ (maria07.asociatie@yahoo.com). The Foundation was established by court decision no. 179/2007, with the fiscal code no. 22748151. in order to help eradicate the problems that affect the lives and dignity of children with special needs or disadvantaged. In the context of ongoing challenges and social needs the Foundation has defined as its reason to exist, supporting disadvantaged, poor, lonely, sick, disabled children and adolescents, orphans or children who are in critical situations. Our mission is to protect and guide, help and counsel children aged between 6-18 years who have a reduced capacity to take care of themselves. The Foundation will organize trips, holidays and pilgrimages both at home and abroad for disabled or disadvantaged children. A couple of years ago we started to work at our site www.asociatiamaria.ro and in this way hope that people in Romania will find out more about our group and HCPT.

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