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The Eastern Europe Development Association (EEDA) and Asociatia BILC have provided housing and social assistance to young people leaving Bucharest orphanages since 1991.

The BILC housing project at Tinteretelui

The Eastern Europe Development Association (EEDA) was first established back in 1991 just after the fall of the Ceau┼čescu dictatorship. EEDA decided to work with young people who, at eighteen, were asked to leave the state run orphanages without family, friends or support.

With many organisations working to repair orphanages, EEDA chose instead to to give young people a decent start in life by offering housing and social support.

The BILC housing project at Str. Daeine

They did this by providing ordinary houses and social support in ordinary streets and neighbourhoods in Bucharest. EEDA also registered Asociatia BILC, which gave young people leaving orphanages the control and ownership of the housing projects. Asociatia BILC, an organisation run by young people leaving orphanages, soon joined EEDA as a partner in its development work.

The BILC housing project at Belciugatele.