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Our history

Chronological history of our activities


Dorothy Tarrant comes to Romania and establishes the Romanian Studies Program.


The Romanian Studies program moved to Sighisoara. Students work with abandoned children at the municipal hospital together with Romanian translators. They reach out to poor street children and isolated elderly people.


Purchase of the first Family Center building to house programs for disadvantaged children and their families. The first Club for the Elderly started as a project at the Church of the Nazarene in Sighisoara.


Purchase of the House on the Rock building to serve as a center for education. Community development and intercultural exchange. Creation of the American Board of Directors.


Establishment of the program for providing social services to adults with special needs.


The first group of high school students trained to lead tourists on the historical tour of the fortress. The Veritas-Sighisoara Foundation is legally registered as an NGO. The Romanian Administrative Council was created.


Funding from USAID (United States Agency for International Development) for Educational Development Services at Casa de pe Stâncă. Inauguration of the House on the Rock. A series of events to celebrate the start of the Advent season. The March of Lights and the Ecumenical Concert of Carols which have since become traditions.


International Café opened at House on the Rock. The first annual edition of the Craftsmen's Fair.


The USAID (United States Agency for International Development) Funded Domestic Violence Program was established. An awareness campaign was carried out in the community, a reference network of professionals trained to respond to families in crisis situations was formed.


The first accreditation of Social Services in Mureș County.


Renewal of national accreditation for social services.


Petronia Popa becomes the first Executive Director of the Veritas Foundation of Romanian nationality. Dorothy Tarrant named an honorary citizen of Sighisoara.


The acquisition of buildings and land for the new Family Center – until then the foundation's programs took place in a much too small building.


The move to the new building of the Family Center and the period of renovations. Renewal of county accreditation for Programs for children with their families, the elderly, persons with special needs and victims of domestic violence.


First funding secured for children's programs. National licensing for social services has been achieved.


The daycare center has been licensed for a period of 5 years, covering all programs working with children and youth programs (standards to receive the license include buildings, staff, working with local government, and intervention plans).


Veritas collaborated with Sighișoara City Hall, Miron Neagu Primary School, and the Center for Community Resources for Roma (Resource Center for Roma Communities) received a grant from European funds to meet the needs of medical and social services, professional training, housing, anti-discrimination education and training. The grant activity started in October 2017, and continued until July 2020.


The preschool program was closed. The number of students was not consistent enough to run this program, and we did not have a qualified teacher. The remaining children were helped to orient themselves towards an alternative kindergarten program in Sighisoara.


On March 12, the Veritas and International Cafe programs closed due to the global pandemic and remained closed until September.


The work on the top floor of the Veritas Family Center building was completed and the English camp was held in the new space in late June and early July. The Kids Club, Seniors Club and canteen have been re-licensed.

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