Joy in a Box
Romanian Aid Foundation
Life in Romania in 2008
Beni Mirauta, general manager of Asociatia Neemia in Dorohoi, has supplied
some details of some of the situations that the team faces on a daily
basis. Some of the families may be familiar from the Gift Box reports but
here are a few more details about their circumstances.
During this year I started to do more visits to the families that we assist.
This has helped me a lot in seeing how the families are living and to have a
complete picture about them. I write some examples about some families that we
helped and how we helped them:
An old couple living in Dorohoi. Wife is partly paralysed, she
can hardly walk, and her husband is also ill having Parkinsonís. They are
getting a very small pension, which is not enough to get
food for that month. They spend most of their pension buying medicine necessary
for both of them. Because of the floods we had last year, and because their
house is in an area where is this risk of getting flooded, their house was very
bad affected and was fallen down, so they moved in the end part of the house
where they use to have chickens, without electricity and in very bad conditions,
being also very cold in the winter.
Together with the help of the Town Hall and local firms we made them another
house nearby. The costs of our contribution towards the building was about 600
GBP; we also donated two beds, bedding, clothes, furniture, crockery, food,
sometimes money for medicine. Their life changed very much since then, they are
very happy living in the new house.
Ionut Bechet is 24 years old. He and his
partner have both grown up in orphanages and do not have any support and help
from anybody. They are living in a flat, which somebody allowed them to borrow.
They have a baby girl of 4 months. The condition of the flat was very bad before
the baby was born and in order to be able to keep the child they had to improve
the living conditions and also to connect the flat to electricity and water.
Ionut works very hard in the vegetable market but he is very badly paid and
couldnít afford to pay the big sum of money to reconnect the flat to the
electricity and also to improve the living conditions.
With the help of RoAF in south Wales and also
some money from AN we managed to reconnect the flat to the electricity. Some of
our staff worked there and repaired the electricity and water supply, also the
drain and some other work. We bought and replaced the entrance door, donated
them some carpet, clothes, food, powder milk for baby, bedding, push chair, cot,
money for some medicine and for fittings, etc. The family is very happy that
they could keep their daughter and look after her, not having to put her into an
orphanage, as their own parents had done with them. Our support for this family
Vasilica Cozmiuc is a 21-year-old girl
with a physical handicap; she can walk only if she is helped. She didnít grow
up normally and she looks like a girl of 11 years old. She is living with her
parents in a old house in very bad conditions. The only income of the family is
a pension of 24 GBP that she is receiving from the state for her handicap, which
may help them just to buy food for a few days. She needs all the time adult
Pampers and care, she canít look after herself.
We have got to know her, visiting other families from the same village. She
needed a wheelchair, some adult Pampers that she canít afford from their
money. We also helped them with some bedding, duvets, food, soap. All the family
were so happy, the wheelchair made her life better as she can now go outside
easier and also for her mother is easier to take her out, also the rest of the
things we donated them helped them very much and improved their life.
Elena Balan is an lady of 71 years old. She lives in Dorohoi,
she has a very small pension per month that would be enough to buy food for five
days, just that. She is a widow and she is very ill, she looks after her
grandson who is 8 years old, because his mother died from cancer and his father
does not have any job here and he is going very often to get jobs in different
parts of the country. The situation of the family is really difficult, as the
old lady needs medicine very often; they need food and clothes for the child.
We helped them with some furniture, some stationary for the child, some money
for the medicine, food, clothes for the family, bedding, blankets, soap, etc.
Our support for this family is vital; they wouldnít cope without our help.
Elena Cazaciuc is 62 years old. She lives in a village near
Dorohoi in a house that is almost fallen down, she doesnít have any income at
all and she has a handicapped son who is 38 years old. Her husband died many
years ago. She has to look after her son all the time. Their situation is
horrible, as they do not have any help from anywhere, her work during all day is
to go in the forest to pick up and carry with her arms wood sticks to keep the
fire going to warm to room where her son is staying. Their food is generally
what we would donate them (generally tinned of beans) or cornflower boiled (food
called here mamaliga). Inside of their house is worse than in an animal shed.
We help this family generally with food, clothes, bedding, and soap. We paid and
replaced the two doors of this house as the doors were in very bad condition
making the house very cold. Also with the help of RoAF in south Wales we
connected the house with electricity this year, as they didnít have
electricity till now.
A family from Dorohoi with 5 children. There is no income in
this family, three of the children are going to school, the mother wants the
children to attend the school even if they are very poor. For that, they needed
clothes, shoes, food, electricity at the house, etc.
They are living in a very
poor house left from her grand mother, where all the family are crowded in one
room and a small hall. We couldnít repair their house or make another one but we helped them with
clothes for children, food, stationary, sometimes paid the electricity bill,
gave a pushchair for the baby child in the family, some powder milk for the
baby, etc. Also this family is so dependent of our help.
A lady of 38 years old. Her husband died 5 years ago. She has
9 children, the oldest is 18 years old and the youngest is 7 years old. They are
living in a very poor house in a village near Dorohoi. Their only income that
they are getting is the allocation for the children. Nobody works in this
family. They have just a few chickens and a goat. One of her children is deaf
and canít speak. It is very difficult situation in this family as the mother
tries hard to keep the children in school.
We helped this family with: clothes, a computer for the children which is a very
big help for school lessons, some carpets, food, bedding, stationary, money for
wood and medicine. This family needs a constant help from us, which we try to
offer as much as we can. Our support for this family is also vital.
A lady of 35 years old. Her husband left her about 3 years
ago. She has 4 children; three of them are going to school. She doesnít have a
job, the only income is the children allocation. She lived in a social house
that belonged to the town hall, near some gypsy families. Her house burned with
all things of the family and couldnít live there anymore. The town hall social
department found them a small flat to put the family in but the flat was
devastated, very, very bad condition. The lady applied to us for help and we
considered we should help this family
We donated them: a bed, bedding, duvets, carpets, clothes, food, furniture,
sink, etc. and helped the family to be able to leave there normal.
How you can help Ö
Horley depot: Unit 10, Bridge
Industrial Estate, Balcombe Road. RH6 7HU
South Wales centre: ĎOakleaí,
Temple Bar, Lampeter. SA48 8BQ
thanks to all those who have made donations of time, goods and money to help
this work continue.
Asociatia Neemia offers the facility
to manage one-to-one sponsorship links between donors and selected
families. However, pound for pound, more people can be helped by assisting
with transport costs from the UK to Romania. Without this core funding
the other activities cannot continue.
Gift boxes at Christmas
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Aid Foundation is UK Registered Charity No. 1060828.
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Romanian Aid Foundation, April 2008.
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