Joy in a Box
Romanian Aid Foundation
New Horley Warehouse
In the previous newsletter we promised you a bit more information about the work in
Romania. However, before we do that we should confirm that we are now
operating from premises in Horley, in co-operation with Furnistore. The
registered address remains as before, but the operational address for Saturday
deliveries and lorry loading is Unit 10, Bridge Industrial Estate, Balcombe
Road, Horley, RH6 9HU. Normal opening times still apply - 09:30 to
13:30 each Saturday. We dispatched a full load to Dorohoi in February and
two more in April, one from Lampeter and the other from Horley. This
latter load was the first from our new warehouse and the lorry was loaded in
only 3 hours. Many thanks to all those who lent a hand, at both locations.
we show a financial breakdown for the work of Asociatia Neemia for 2006; the
figures have been converted to £Stirling for easier understanding.
The Annual Report from Asociatia
First of all I would like to thank you for all the support you offered to the work of
Asociatia Neemia during the year 2006 and before that. All the goods that
you donated to us : clothes, bedding, food, toiletries, toys, crockery,
furniture, detergent, disinfectant, Christmas boxes, computers, photocopiers,
bicycles, etc - there were all very good and represented a big help for so many
families in this area. We have registered many new families during the
year 2006 which represent about 25% from the total number of families that we
helped which is over 2,000. The families we helped have are under the
minimum of living level and our help is very important for them. There are still
a lot of desperate people because of the conditions they are living in and for
many people it is harder now than before.
The AN office was opened to the
public Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 15.30 where myself, Maria, Ionela and
Laurentiu are working - interviewing families, accounting papers, pricing up,
donation forms, repair of electrical items, etc. We manage to replace the
windows of the office which were very bad and we were loosing a lot of heat. We
also replaced one of the internal doors with one which were sent from you. The
accounting software that we have bought last year is good for the work and for
keeping the accounts at the office, Ionela managed to learn it and finding it
SHOP: It has been a good year for the shop. We had very good income
during the year, which helped us with all the running cost of AN. The shop is
opened Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 17.00 and Saturday from 9.00 to 13.00. We
tried to sell within 10% of what we received from donation. With the proceeds
from the shop we also were able to concrete all around the warehouse, to replace
the two metal doors at the warehouse, and to change the windows of the office.
Since the shop has been renovated, it looks much better, we have more customers
and the income is bigger. We use the new room in the shop to price up the
clothes now which releases a lot of space in the office. We have heating in the
shop now which make the customs stay longer in the shop if they want and the
ladies are working in better conditions now.
WAREHOUSE: There is also a lot of work going on during the day at the
warehouse: sorting the clothes, preparing the boxes for families, distribution
of food, disinfectant, etc. We concreted all around the warehouse and made new
metal doors which make a big difference in the winter. We had a good harvest of
corn this autumn; we will start this month to make flour to donate to families.
For this year we would like to put the fence up on one side at the warehouse and
to do the floor of the top level of the warehouse if possible.
This year AN has been accredited which means that our charity will have more
credibility as an organisation and that it is recognised as a social service
supplier. The conditions that we are working now require more paper work, so we
asked Cornelius's daughter, Raluka, to help us sometimes to register some data
on the computer.
The work of Asociatia Neemia has grown very much in the last few years, we
are the most known charity in the town and I think that with your help we
managed to help a lot of families, they still need our help, we still need your
support to continue this work, otherwise everything may stop. Getting into EU to
people here didn't improve at all the conditions of life and our office is still
full every day with people asking for help. We will try to improve our work here
and to be more efficient for the poor families and for those who need us.
Thank you very much for everything and may God Bless You !
From Asociatia Neemia, Benoni Mirauta
Asociatia Neemia - Financial Summary
Customs purposes, all the aid sent to Romania has to be given a notional
value. For clothing this is currently 67p/kg; for tinned food it is
£1/kg. During 2006 Asociatia Neemia received donated items with a inventory value of
£40,000. This was made up of seven
lorry-loads of food, clothing, household items and Christmas gifts. These were
donated through RoAF in Horley and Lampeter, RANI in Northern Ireland, and
friends and supporters across the UK, and included consignments which arrived directly
from the Isle of Man and Eastbourne. Of this, just under 10% (£3,885) went to
AN's shop in Dorohoi for sale to cover the costs of operating in Romania.
the rest was given away to needy people with Dorohoi
and the surrounding area. The actual amount given away in 2006 amounted to
some £43,000 because the items in stock at
the end of the year was less than that at the beginning of January. The
stock comprised items yet to be donated, such as summer clothing which is
inappropriate to donate during the winter or bulk food supplies that are
distributed on a year-round basis.
3,000 individual donations were given out last year so each donation had a
nominal value of approximately £15. In local terms, this is equivalent to
about 1 week's pay on the minimum wage (but remember that most of those
registered with AN are living on much less than this).
A proportion of the incoming stock is sold through AN's shop
in Dorohoi. Some people have asked whether the shop fits into the original
vision for AN. The shop provides the funds to run the aid distribution work, as
well as providing some employment. In
2006, the stock sold amounted to less than 10% of that received, with an inventory value of some £3,750.
Selling this stock produced an income of £20,155
which was used as shown below. It also created a small surplus which has
been used to help people in need, with medical or fuel bills, etc.
after deduction of rent, taxes and fuel
taxes, after deduction of sponsorship
and other statutory approvals
expenses, including lighting and heating
expenses, lighting and maintenance
donations to persons in need (fuel, medical bills)
expenditure (eg, staff training)
thanks to all those who have made donations of time, goods and money to help
this work continue.
A result, or two!
may recall that our January newsletter contained some photos of the gift box distribution
last Christmas. We are very pleased to tell you that some supporters here
have offered to sponsor one of the families shown in those pictures. The
family has been in desperate need, living in their part-finished house without
running water or electricity. Thanks to the sponsors, the family now has a small
but regular income, and we are looking at the feasibility of connecting power to
the house so that they can have a water pump and continue with work on the
of you with even longer memories may recall the incubators that we took to
Dorohoi hospital some 8 years ago. Peter & Lesley, who run the Centre
of Hope in Dorohoi, were delighted to report that a sick premature baby born to
one of their regular visitors is now doing well thanks to one of those
incubators supplied by RoAF.
Duck Race - usually
the third Saturday in June.
Jazz Concert with Dennis
Hickman, Saturday 30th June 2007 at Oakwood School, Horley.
Choral evening, with Crawley
Salvation Army Band
Look out for details
This newsletter is published on behalf of the
Romanian Aid Foundation and Asociatia Neemia. For further
information or to be added to the newsletter mailing list please use
our response page or write to us using the
contact details below:
The Romanian Aid
179 Albert Road,
Horley, Surrey RH6 7HS, UK;
email: info @ roaf.org
Aid Foundation is UK Registered Charity No. 1060828.
Spiru Haret nr 9, Dorohoi, Botosani 6850, Romania.
0231 610059; email: Beni @ roaf.org
This newsletter is
Romanian Aid Foundation, April 2007.
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