Alex Caluser as a child in Romania; Credit: Save One Life

Luxembourg-based charity Save One Life is an organisation that assists children who bear the double burden of the bleeding disorder haemophilia and poverty in developing countries.

The organisation has played a role in helping people like 25-year old Alex Caluser from Romania to overcome haemophilia and chase their dreams. Suffering from severe haemophilia A, Alex’s parents used the government support money intended to care for him for alcohol instead.

However, when Adriana Henderson, founder of Save One Life’s partner S.T.A.R Children Relief, discovered Alex, he asked her for a book to read. Not only did Adriana give him a book, she arranged for Alex to attend a boarding school as well as Camp Ray of Hope, a summer camp in Romania for children with haemophilia, supported by Save One Life. By partnering with this organisation, Adriana gained a sponsorship for Alex that helped to pay for his schooling.

Alex went on to dream of becoming a lorry driver. Despite his difficulty using his joints from bleeds, he blossomed at school and at camp and when he graduated from high school, Save One Life provided him with a scholarship to obtain a certification as a commercial driver. A couple of years later, Alex fulfilled his dream: he is now an employed courier van driver travelling all over Europe. Save One Life has since awarded a second scholarship to help Alex receive additional qualifications to drive big lorries.

Thanks to Save One Life, children with bleeding disorders all over the world have a chance to live a better life through its sponsorship, scholarship and micro-enterprise grants programmes. Operating in 13 developing countries, Save One Life is the only organisation in the world that serves the international haemophilia community in this way.

For more information about this charity, visit and to help its cause, donations are welcome at Alternatively, there is the option of sponsoring a child at