About Roma Foundation

ROMA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based out of Dallas, TX. Our mission is to “give poverty the boot” by bringing children and families hope, love, and lasting change through aid, education, and employment.

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Who We Are

We are a team of passionate philanthropists who are motivated by love and who love to give. With a penchant for education and a love for the arts, we have a keen desire to make a difference in the lives of children on a global scale.

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What We Do

ROMA Foundation invests in the lives of children and families by giving poverty the boot! By closely working with our partners, we have donated boots in 25 countries across 5 continents. Our goal is to serve those living in poverty in order to provide them with the necessary skills to overcome this barrier and to create a culture of empowerment.

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How it all began

Samuel Bistrian grew up in the remote village of Benesti in Romania, where he experienced firsthand the struggles of living in a Communist controlled country. Bistrian received his first pair of rainboots, passed down from his siblings, when he was six years old. At the age of eight, the Communist regime fell and his family seized the opportunity to migrate to the United States. In 2001, Bistrian returned to Romania for the first time since moving to America. As he witnessed impoverished children trudging through the rain and snow with inadequate shoes, Bistrian knew he had to help. Upon graduating college, Bistrian pursued a career in fashion at Neiman Marcus. In 2009, while working at Neiman Marcus, he met the founder of TOMS, Blake Mycoskie, and was inspired to create his own philanthropic company. Bistrian knew this was the most effective way to combine his love for fashion and desire to serve others. In 2010, with the help of friends and family, ROMA Boots was born. It was not until a few years later, when Bistrian decided that he wanted to take his philanthropic passion to the next level. With a keen desire to serve others, Bistrian decided to have two entities: the first being the for-profit side, ROMA Boots, and the second being the conduit to carry out the mission of “giving poverty the boot”. Roma For All eventually was renamed to ROMA Foundation in 2016 when the foundation received their 501(c)(3) status in June.

Why Rain Boots

If your basic needs aren’t met, then your higher needs can’t be met. Rain boots are the most basic and practical necessity in cold and wet climates, but can easily be worn in dry and arid climates as well. Due to the lack of proper infrastructures, children are often forced to walk through harsh conditions without proper footwear. Our goal is to help eliminate this barrier in order to keep their feet safe and dry

Why Education

Without proper education, children run the risk of perpetuating the cycle of poverty.

The United Nations created a list of sustainable goals where poverty ranked number one and quality education ranked at number 4.
Education is fundamental for growth and improvements in people’s lives.
Education is the catalyst for children, families, communities and nations to obtain their hopes, dreams, and aspirations on a global scale.
Education provides individuals with skills and tools necessary to enable them to learn how to provide for themselves and others.

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