The Sanctuary Placement Center was opened in 2003 and provides a home to abandoned and orphaned children and young adults, infected with HIV or whose lives have been affected by the virus. It is situated in a small village in Transylvania, seven kilometers from the town of Medias. The location gives the residents the right to live a free, happy & healthy life in a safe and friendly community.
Care staff ensure the smooth day to day running of the house, providing a family environment where healthcare is priority. The Sanctuary has become a safe house where no one is treated with disdain and there is no stigma or discrimination to HIV/AIDS. Residents and visitors talk openly about all aspects of living with the virus, from the correct diet to facing the final stage of the illness.
The residents and service users at the Sanctuary all face issues regarding HIV/AIDS, so it is the place where they can be with others who understand their pain and anxieties. The residents range from children and young adults who have lived all their lives in institutions, abandoned at birth, sometimes left forgotten in hospital units. Orphans from parents who have died from AIDS, all carry emotional scars from neglect and abuse. The Sanctuary is their home, where they have become family, because they have nowhere else to go.