Casa Ioana, helping women escape domestic violence

We did it
On 5th December 2020 we successfully raised £3,000 with 49 supporters in 14 days

Demand for Casa Ioana services surged during covid lockdowns, and income dropped with cancelled events. They need our financial support.

Started on 21st November 2020 London, England, United Kingdom

Updates 4

Uk Romania Group posted an update on 3rd December 2020

We've got something a little special planned...

For 25 years Casa Ioana has offered shelter to vulnerable women and children affected by domestic violence. This year's Covid crisis makes that need greater than ever.

To say thank you to them, we're gathering a few friends together on 12 December - exclusively on Zoom  7-9pm UK/9-11pm Romania. Join us 


Uk Romania Group posted an update on 10th December 2020

Watch the video from our campaign launch, 9 December

We formally opened our Fundraiser on 9 December with a launch event streamed on Facebook. Watch again to see an exclusive interview with Casa Ioana funder, Ian Tilling MBE, and hear a specially recorded piano piece by emerging talent Cristiana Achim.


Uk Romania Group posted an update on 13th December 2020

A little of what we had for you last night...

Uk Romania Group posted an update on 12th January 2021

Target achieved!

Yesterday, 11 January, we hit our £3000 fundraising target. Thank you to all who supported this campaign and Casa Ioana. We'll close the fundraiser now and begin the process of money transfer.

With Gift Aid on Crowdfunder pledges, and some £1300 in offline donations – thank you HPL Centre, Romanian Culture Institute in London and the Romanian Embassy to the United Kingdom – the total raised through all channels now stands at £4729.


with thanks from UK Romania Group on behalf of Casa Ioana.

Casa Ioana in Bucharest is one of those rare places to bring hope to people at their most vulnerable. 

It opened as Romania’s first night shelter for the homeless and has grown to provide temporary shelter and professional support to women and their children experiencing domestic abuse. This is their 25th anniversary year. In that time Casa Ioana have supported 5,394 single adults, 6,015 families and 7,601 children.

Its gift is to offer a safe space, a sanctuary to those escaping domestic violence. It gives children what might be the first place they find love and belonging. It empowers residents with vital skills, equipping them for a new beginning – free from fear.


Coronavirus brought new challenges for us all. At Casa Ioana it meant soaring demand for services at the same time as donations fall away. They now need the same helping hand their refuge offers to others. With your support we can help sustain their mission to give shelter to vulnerable women and children escaping abuse.

Because donations are made via our UK charity partner, The Funding Network, they are eligible for Gift Aid, a 25% extra contribution from the British government. All money raised will benefit Casa Ioana. Approximately 5% will go towards transaction fees (crowdfunder) and grant administration costs through our partner The Funding Network.

These are the services your donation will make possible

  • Provide safe accommodation for women escaping violence
  • Offer professional counselling to address the trauma of domestic abuse
  • Get treatment for survivors with physical health problems
  • Empower women with valuable skills, equipping them for a new life free from fear and abuse
  • Support children scarred by family violence, helping them re-adjust and continue with education.

Casa Ioana is endorsed by the British Embassy in Bucharest. In 2000, Ian Tilling, Casa Ioana's founder was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

You can read more here.


The UK Romania Group brings together the leading diaspora organisations in the UK – Cercul Donatorilor Londra, GRASP UK, the Rațiu Family Charitable Foundation, Ro and You, Români în UK, Romanian-IT UK and the Romanian Medical Society UK – to support a Romanian charity in our annual Christmas fundraiser.


Anonymous pledged £50

11th January 2021 at 6:17pm

Anonymous pledged £79

7th January 2021 at 7:58am

Paula AVram pledged £50
20th December 2020 at 9:33pm
Andrei N pledged £33 + an est. £8.25 in Gift Aid
17th December 2020 at 7:51pm
Anonymous pledged £100 + an est. £25.00 in Gift Aid

17th December 2020 at 10:50am

Rares Pamfil commented

Thank you Casa Ioana and also to everyone who contributed to the charity auction.

17th December 2020 at 8:03am
Rares Pamfil pledged £150 + an est. £37.50 in Gift Aid
17th December 2020 at 8:02am
Rares Pamfil has also backed 2 other projects
Brian Hooper commented

Payment for the company formation and website design

17th December 2020 at 7:37am

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