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Just one selfless gesture changes absolutely everything:

Mariana Ciuca
Mariana CiucaPresident and Founder

“It is our human nature that we like helping people.

We usually do the odd small gesture of good because we want to help people, it feels good and we know once that brief moment passes it was the right thing to do. There is something so amazing about the feeling we get when we help others succeed.

The Aura Ion Foundation was formed in memory of Aura Ion and has this message at its core, a quote used regularly by Aura sums up our ambitions and inspiration far better than we could articulate:

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”  Mahatma Gandhi

Have you ever wondered what effect of our actions has on other people, even beyond our immediate world? Join the Aura Ion Foundation help people in need and watch their reactions in turn affect others. The choices we make have far-reaching consequences.

Together, we can magnify our actions and have the capacity to change the world for the better.

Please join us on what is going to be an incredible journey!”  Mariana Ciuca , Founder and President

About Us

Hope. View. Help

The ‘Aura Ion Foundation’ is a non-profit organisation officially formed April 2015. We aim to unite people from all walks of life and inspire them to grow as individuals and as leaders in service to humanity. (Company number: 9544768)

We are headquartered in the UK; and our projects are split between the UK and Romania. In Romania we work in partnership with “Asociația Aura Ion”, this way we can make sure all funds received will be directly given to the grass root projects we are involved in within any area of Romania.
The vast majority of our donors want their donations to be used wherever the need is greatest. This allows the Aura Ion Foundation the flexibility to use resources as efficiently as possible. We will make sure we are fully transparrent and the company financial records are available to the public. Predictied ninety percentage of our expended resources will support our projects, ten percent will go towards administrative and fundraising expenditures.
The Aura Ion Foundation was founded by Mariana, Sister of Aura Ion. Aura was a medical student and was promenant in volunteering and caring for others, she sadly lost her life on the 21st Jan 2014 in a plane crash. The foundation was setup to continue her work in the hope we can guide and inspire others


To work along communities to end hunger and poverty and act as a catalyst for developing a culture of respecting and helping one another. We will create opportunities for learning and working together towards a common goal, encouraging people to take an active role in establishing their own community empowerment. To prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free quality healthcare to those in need.


To be BRILLIANT at removing POVERTY, within deprived areas. To be the BEST at providing free clinic SERVICES, without discrimination, which enhance quality of life through the delivery of competent and compassionate healthcare to those who are impoverished, isolated, and undeserved. To be BETTER at providing the necessary resources for schools to give the best EDUCATION to kids.


We see our organization as part of a larger effort to bring together people to address HEALTHCARE, POVERTY AND EDUCATION issues in their community and see those communities transformed for a better, smarter and healthier future.

Our Core Values

We use our core values to drive our decision making, ensuring we make value based decisions that will protect, guard, and guide us to fulfill our mission.

Compassion: We are driven by compassion for our Community of Need: those people in need of healthcare, but who can’t afford it. The Community of Need moves us to act in bold, courageous, and selfless ways to address suffering. We desire to dedicate our lives to bring about true transformation in our community and world. A healthy sense of urgency helps us stay our course as we reach out to those in pain and in need of our help.

Integrity: We are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards and principles by enlisting quality people who deliver exceptional service. We are the faithful stewards of the resources entrusted to us. We deploy them to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Our mission impacts the lives of real people who trust us to render aid during times of need and so we strive relentlessly to achieve positive results from our efforts. Our integrity is best expressed in our Community of Support: the volunteers, healthcare professionals, partners, and investors whom we serve to fulfill their desire to impact the world.

Respect: We believe we serve best when we value others. Aura Ion Foundation core volunteers harbor much respect for members of the communities we visit. By respecting members of each community, we help empower and equip them to better their lives and the lives of others. This is one way we can achieve more and make our greatest impact. The trust and respect that we give to others is best expressed in the Aura Ion Foundation Community: those who officially represent our organisation.

Four Foundational Principles

Serve Humanity
We believe that we are responsible to one another as a part of humanity. We exist to bring about positive change in our world. We embrace our role to help prevent and alleviate suffering and to enhance quality of life for those we serve.

Empower Communities
We empower, inspire, and lead communities to serve those in need in their own backyard. We are committed to equipping communities to work together to confront poverty. education and healthcare problems in their area.

Generate a People Movement
We are strengthened by the dedication of compassionate volunteers – they are our heroes. We are driven by people who want to bring needed change to communities. Aura Ion Foundation provides those people with the perfect opportunity to witness community transformation. This generates a people movement made up of dynamic and caring people seeking to change their world.

Provide Free Quality Services
Aura Ion Foundation is committed to providing all of our services and support at no charge to the people. Our standard of service combines high quality healthcare, the eager to help to eliminate poverty and  hope, compassion and cooperation from our supporters, investors and volunteers.

We have only just started

“Since the tragic loss of Aura in January 2014, sister Mariana wanted to do something significant that would both honour her memory and continue her charitable work. Mariana worked tirelessly to get the word out and ran various fundraising activities for charities and has had many ideas to improve the lives of others.”  Peter Knight, Director of Operations

On the 15th April 2015, seven months after the initial idea of starting a non-profit organisation, the Aura Ion Foundation was officially launched.

With the help of so many that have the same passion and commitment to helping those in need, the Aura Ion Foundation continues to deliver hope, vision and help to the world. We invite you to be a small part of the bigger, ongoing story of the Aura Ion Foundation.