About
RAFA

For the first few years, RAFA’s funds came from membership dues ($15 per family from about 20-30 families) and from donations at picnics throughout the year. Over the years these picnics have morphed into charitable events hosted by Mr. Adrian Ionescu at his residence in Lakewood. Other non-charitable events, organized by RAFA and its volunteers are held at various locations in the Denver and Boulder areas during times of the year that coincide with traditional Romanian national holydays such as Romania’s national day on December 1st or the “Martisor” day on March 1st. Our organization’s signature event is the Romanian festival. Starting in 1994, this festival has been held for more than 20 years on Boulder’s Pearl Street Mall. The location of the festival will change starting this year to a more central location in Lakewood’s Belmar Plaza. In addition to fundraising, the festival serves to educate the local population about Romanian culture, through food, dances, folk art and books about the national heritage and treasures. It is a joyful event that allows the Romanians to express themselves as a rich culture, crimped no more by the isolation that existed when travel out of Romania was almost inexistent and communication was severely limited.

Our Team

  • Cosmina Barbat

    President

    I have called Colorado my second home for the last almost 20 years. Time flew by and before my husband and I knew it, we were blessed with two wonderful boys and a comfortable place to call home. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in beautiful outdoor Colorado. But the nostalgia of that “home sweet home” feeling comes from this small county called Alba, in the heart of Transylvania, surrounded by the Apuseni Mountains.

  • Magda Abdul Jabar

    Director

    My name is Magda and I consider Colorado my second home. I have lived here for the last 14 years. I come from a modest family from Pitesti, Romania. I have always considered that through what we are, we could better our lives in order to better the lives of those less fortunate. When I first heard of RAFA, about five years ago, I did not hesitate to get involved and to dedicate a part of my time to support the efforts of this small organization to help others back in my country of origin. It makes me so happy when we, Romanians in the diaspora, get together in the name of a noble cause-to help others and I hope we can continue these efforts long term.

  • Natalia Maxim

    Director

    My name is Natalia Maxim. My husband and I are proud parents of three: Paula, Luca, Paisia. Life brought me here from Rep. of Moldova (a small country with big problems but with people that have big hearts). I was born and raised in Soroca, in the North part of the country. In 2007, I moved to US and shortly after that my husband and I made Colorado our home. In the Fall of 2009, I had my first interaction with RAFA at the Romanian Festival in Boulder. I was impressed with the people that were involved in the organization of the event, their dedication and their stories. I did not expect to find a cause so much aligned with my beliefs so far from home, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, so it was absolutely natural for me to join RAFA at that time. Later on I had the privilege to be elected one of the directors.

  • Adrian Ionescu

    Director

    I was born and raised in a small village in Buzau county, in the historical Romanian region of Muntenia. I come from family of school teachers who have instilled in me a love for being true to myself and for ,conserving my core values such as altruism, honesty and perseverance, no matter where I end up in life. RAFA’s mission and efforts align perfectly with my values and beliefs. I went to school in Bucharest and graduated with a degree in physical education. Currently, I work in the tree service trade. Staying active, involved and helping others is a set of action steps that I take not only in my day to day work life, but also around my two lovely granddaughters as well as the folk group that I am part of, which focuses on dances from the Balkans.

  • Cornelia Eriksson

    Treasurer

    I have called Colorado my second home for the last almost 20 years. Time flew by and before my husband and I knew it, we were blessed with two wonderful boys and a comfortable place to call home. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends in beautiful outdoor Colorado. But the nostalgia of that “home sweet home” feeling comes from this small county called Alba, in the heart of Transylvania, surrounded by the Apuseni Mountains.

Work in progress

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