SOS CHILDREN'S VILLAGES - USA: A Forbes ‘Top 30 under 30’ Entrepreneur from SOS Romania
Lucian grew up at an SOS Children’s Village in Romania and now runs his own successful IT Company.
Abandoned at birth by his parents, Lucian was initially placed in a state- run children’s home. A few years later, he joined the SOS Children’s Village in Bucharest. Despite struggling to come to terms with the absence of his biological parents, Lucian has worked hard not to let this prevent him from becoming independent and happy.
“I have overcome many trials in life, especially the absence of my parents. But I have realized that through hard work and determination, I can succeed,” he says.
After graduating high school, Lucian studied Cybernetics and then earned two post-graduate degrees. He is now the CEO and Founder of an IT company that employs a team of six. In March 2014, Lucian was even included by Forbes Romania in its “30 under 30” list of successful young professionals.
Lucian is also an advisor on national childcare policy. Keen to involve nongovernmental organizations in the improvement of laws for vulnerable groups in Romania, Lucian is regularly invited to meetings and conferences to share his experiences and ideas.
“It is vital we keep the issue of abandoned children in the spotlight. The level of care given to children in institutions is appalling. The sadness of an abandoned child is far greater than we actually see,” he says.
Lucian attributes much of his success to his SOS upbringing, “I have enjoyed being a part of this big family. I have no words to describe my gratitude. The childcare is excellent and this has helped me get to where I am today.”
He has big plans for the future, hoping to continue building his business and making a worthwhile contribution to the debate on alternative care for abandoned children in Romania. He also hopes to go to the United Kingdom to begin a doctorate in public policy.
When asked what his message was for supporters of SOS Children’s Villages, Lucian said:
“SOS means home for its young people. It is very important for the development of a child to have parental care to create stability in his life so he can build a better future for himself. SOS Children’s Villages really does what it says it does. Everyone is entitled to a chance, and you help give people like me a chance. Maybe you think your contribution is small, but believe me, for children like me it means a lot! Thank you for everything you do for us, SOS Children’s Villages!”