Agapedia means…

… love for children! This means we see every child, every person as a unique individual. With utmost care, we relentlessly and continually try to turn around the most challenging fates and hopeless situations. We want to find the path into a better future and walk on it together. Our ambitions over the last 23 years have created a network of foundations between Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Georgia. Our exceptional staff is passionate about changing people’s lives, developing sustainable projects and actively contributing to transforming society.

Our story…

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2018
2017
2016

The new house for women and childrenis inaugurated in Chisinau, Moldova. During the day, the house cares for babies and toddlers aged 0-3 whose mothers would have left them otherwise.

We celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Children’s Center in Esslingen. The children gave great performances in the sunshine and we received praise for our great work!

2015
2014

The two social orphans Ginkaand Rossita, who came to our emergency admission center in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the age of 9, pass the public university’s entrance exams for dentistry and sports science, and even place secondin their respective exams.

The Children’s Center in Esslingen holds its first ArtCamp. Children from Agapedia Romania and Agapedia Bulgaria experience a few weeks of exciting and creative vacation. Unterstützt wird die Truppe von den ersten europäischen Freiwilligen aus der Türkei, Frankreich und aus China.

2013
2012

In the networking project Donauwandel (Danube Change), Agapedia encourages youth encounters and training projects in the countries of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region.

Inauguration of the new socio-medical center in Brasov/Romania. For the first time, an official member of the Romanian government visits us and thanks Agapedia for 17 years of hard work. The center is the home base of the Agapedia staff, which supports 25 municipalities in their social and medical work.

It’s done! We celebrate the inauguration of the new Children’s Center in Esslingen with all volunteers, employees, children, parents, and the mayor for social affairs!

2011
2010

We have found a house in Esslingen that will be our new Children’s Center! A year of extensive renovations, much of it with our own hands, lies ahead of us! It will be tough time…

The socio-medical center in Brasov, Romania, is becoming too small and we are moving. The towns’ trust is growing steadily. Children from the Children’s Center in Esslingen pack their circus material and visit social orphans in public children’s homes in Sofia, Bulgaria. Great new friendships are born!
2009
2008

A new children’s center for social orphans from the federal orphanages is founded in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

An additional socio-medical center is founded in Chisinau, Moldova. sozial-medizinisches Zentrum eingerichtet. The house is neighbored by the municipal hospital’s ward for undernourished infants and toddlers. Thanks to a donation of the RTL Foundation, it was completely renovated and has been supported with powdered milk ever since.

Training sessions in Brasov, Romania, for public social workers from Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Georgia. These countries have a lot of catching up to do! Our employees now also visit the rural areas in Romania.
2007

For the first time, we are charity partner of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix.

Abandoned children in Romania are now integrated into trained foster families. We start training federally recruited foster families, teachers, and social workers.

2006

The new socio-medical center in Brasov, Romania, provides provides free-of-charge basic medical care for women, children and families in need.

The MobiMed project with mobile teams of physicians provides care for approx. 18,000 people in 13 isolated villages in Moldova. The children’s home takes in abandoned children, often in disheartening conditions. At one and a half years old, many of them cannot even sit or stand.

2005

In Sofia, Bulgaria, the first teenagers cared for by Agapedia pass the university entrance exams.

We celebrate Agapedia’s 10th anniversary with a charity ball in Stuttgart.

2004

Erwin Teufel, then Minister-President of Baden-Wurttemberg, visits the Children’s Center in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the same time, we introduce assisted shared apartments for foster children aged 18 and older.

The demand by Romanian families who wish to adopt a child skyrockets. The over 150 families that already took in a child are supported until the child’s 18th birthday. In Moldova, Agapedia starts training social workers and caregivers working in public institutions.
2003

In Romania, many abandoned childrenare adopted by domestic families. Thanks to continuous support, a high number of children can be reintegrated into their biological families. This is a great success, despite the opinion of the federal authorities, who have rolled out a lot of red tape to slow us down.

We open the children’s home in Chisinau, which either integrates abandoned babies and toddlers back into their biological families or finds adoptive families for them. Again, we are the first in the country to perform only domestic adoptions!

The children’s circus Zipzebu is founded in Esslingen and is quickly becoming extremely popular!
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1997
1996

We take in the first two children:
George (4) and Madalina (2.5) in June 1996.

The children’s home for abandoned babies and toddlers is inaugurated in Brasov, Romania.

The Children’s Center Agapedia opens its doors in Esslingen am Neckar.

1995
1994