Joy in a Box
Romanian Aid Foundation
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The Annual Report from Asociatia Neemia
Because Romania went into the EU in January 2007, the year started with quite a
lot of pressure from the legislative changes that were imposed but we were
expecting them. The changes in legislation were more addressed towards the
standards of quality of products, safety conditions of work, customs protection
and many others that, in practice, didn’t change at all. From our charity
point of view, the changes which were in our concern are the customs taxes (that
we do not have to pay any more). This helps because it used to cost us quite a
lot and also involved a lot of work and stress. Also a good thing is that we can
receive a wider variety of items now.
For the families and other needy people that we help, getting into EU didn’t
improve their lives at all, actually many of their situations got worse. In
these circumstances the role of our charity become more important than before,
the name of our charity is better known now and more families applied to us to
receive help. During the year we registered many new families and most of the
families that were registered in the previous years have been helped also this
year. In total there were about 1,500 families that have received help at least
once in this year and we made over 3,000 individual donations during the year. (Typically,
a donation will comprise two boxes of clothing, a tray of tinned food and some
The families are from Dorohoi and from the villages around. Dorohoi is not an
industrial area and not many people have invested in this part of the country
and it is the poorest area in Romania. Generally the need from these people
comes because: they do not have any income, have many children, have medical
problems (handicaps) and can’t work, are very old and do not have somebody to
help them, come out from orphanages and do not have anywhere to go and not many
people would like to employ them, etc.
There are some other charities and churches that we collaborate with, which work
in Botosani County, where we’ve made some donation of tinned food, clothes,
bedding etc. for helping their work. For the past few years we have collaborated
with some social medical institution (like hospitals – where ill people
without homes are treated and where they live) from our county; we usually help
them with tinned food and some bedding. We also collaborated with the charity
“Centre of Hope”, and with the Town Hall of Dorohoi and other villages,
regarding the situation of some families that need help, and use our information
and facilities for making the right decision in the way we help them.
All the good things that we have done for the families were possible just
because of your support and I really want to transmit you all the joy and
happiness that we brought into their lives. I would like to thank you very much
for all your kindness, effort, hard work and all the support we received from
you during this year.
Life in Dorohoi
During this year I started to do more visits to the families that we assist,
which helped me a lot in seeing how the families are living and to have a
complete picture about them. There are hundreds of other families with difficult
situations like those I have presented, where we intervened and helped the
family. In all our activities AN staff collaborated together and used all our
skills, abilities and knowledge for the benefit of those who are in need. We are
so pleased that we could help so many people and could bring a bit of comfort
and health in them lives. We have to continue this work as it seems that more
families are in need and difficulties. The Romanians and the authorities here do
not yet have the possibility to support this work financially or with
Link to the situation snapshots
The office of AN is opened Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 15.30. It is the
place where Maria and I interview people who come to ask for help, make all the
donation forms, Ionela is keeping records and the accounts, Laurentiu is
preparing the computers and other electrical goods for donation.
Here we bring the goods which are prepared to be donated to families who are
registered for that day. We also donate the food from the office. It is a very
busy place sometimes and it is a very good facility that we have for doing our
work, also it is situated in a good place in the town.
The work at the warehouse starts at 08.00 o’clock when Cornelius and Iulian
start to prepare the boxes for the families who are registered to receive help
for that day. Then at 09.00 o’clock Ionela comes to sort which clothes are
suitable for shop and which for families. I’m pleased with how the work is
going on at the warehouse and how we managed to use the space during the
The ceiling of the ground floor area needs some attention, especially in the
places where we do not have the floor on the top. We hope to be able to repair
part of the floor which is very bad. On the land at the warehouse we had
sunflowers, which we used to make cooking oil; about 220 litres that we have
donated to families.
The income of the shop was very good last year. We managed to cover all the
costs for running AN and also we helped a lot of poor people with money for
medicine, heating, taxes, etc during the year. We used about 8% of the stock of
goods from the donation of goods that we received during the year.
Having the extra room at the shop for pricing up and keeping stock for shop
has made a big difference this year and it is a big help for our work. Also the
fact that we had all the time a reserve of clothes to put in the shop and we
could all the time have new stock, it kept our customers all the time
Neemia 2007 - the figures
tables give a summary of income and expenditure, together with their equivalents
for last year. The figures have been converted to stirling (GBP) for the benefit
of those who are not conversant with the Romanian currency.
Income from shop, after deduction of rent, taxes,
Other income and donations
donations to families, needy persons
including taxes, less sponsorship
Taxes, accounts, customs
Transport, vans and cars used on AN business
costs, including rent, rates and insurance
Miscellaneous, other expenditure
Balance of income over expenditure
A 30% rise in salaries is typical across the service
sector in Romania, In addition, there has been a reduction in salary
sponsorship of 50% during 2007. Average salary for AN staff is currently
£1,250 per person per annum.
The transport costs include a one-off payment of £1,500
for import duties for an additional vehicle.
The increase here is mainly due to staff training costs
being met by AN rather than being funded directly from the UK.
thanks to all those who have made donations of time, goods and money to help
this work continue.
Joy in a Box, 2007
Details for the 2008 'Joy in a Box' scheme should be published in June.
In the meantime, take a look at last
year's report and photos.
Calendar for 2008
Lorry 2008#01 - 2nd February,
Lorry 2008#02 - Bulk food and
bedding, 22nd February.
Lorry 2008#03 - 10th April,
from south Wales.
Lorry 2008#04 - Early Summer Lorry - first
Saturday of May.
Launch of 'Joy in a Box' for
2008 in June.
Jazz Concert with Dennis
Hickman, first Saturday in July, (subject to confirmation).
GLIA Holiday Club in Dorohoi
- 4th to 7th August.
Duck Race - Saturday 22nd
September, River Mole, Horley.
Lorry 2008#?? - Target date for Christmas
Boxes - first
Saturday of October.
Harp Concert with Keziah
Thomas, late November or early December, at St Francis Church, Horley.
Lorry 2008#?? - Christmas Lorry -
Saturday of November.
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