TEECH was established in 1998 when a group, who worked together at BT near Ipswich, Suffolk took
up the challenge from a colleague to help repair two hospitals in Bucharest.
About fifty volunteers travelled to Bucharest under the banner of ‘BTL Aid to Romania’ in the August
that year and set about painting, plastering, providing lighting and generally making the hospitals
cleaner, safer and brighter places. After the success of this trip, and seeing the need to be more
structured, the volunteers organised themselves into a Registered Charity and hence TEECH
(Telecommunications Eastern European Challenge) was born, retaining the "telecom" connection in
Our vision is to improve the lives of those in Eastern Europe, who by no fault of their own are living in
conditions not seen in Western Europe since before the war.
TEECH aim to improve their lives by installing sanitary ware into schools, orphanages and elderly
residences where no indoor toilets exist. The charity also delivers aid, including clothing, toys and
shoes to the local communities. By sparking enthusiasm with the local people we hope to enable and
encourage self-help and enterprise to continue after volunteers have left.
All donations, of any size, are used towards projects or the annual Christmas trip to deliver shoebox
parcels by hand to villages and schools in Romania and Moldova.