This Christmas please spare a thought for Georgeta, and many other vulnerable elderly people preparing to survive another Winter in Romania.
|Georgeta, 75, receives essential support from|
The primary aim of this Sussex-based charity is to help the most disadvantaged people in Romania to escape the cycle of social and economic poverty into which they are locked. It offers training, support and funding to Romanian-led initiatives, in order to foster an ethos of self-help.
|Part of the screening team|
|David and Jane from the screening team, giving advice to local beneficiaries|
|2 girls from the organisation Caritas came to the Centre for an eye test|
|Vlad, a new volunteer, learning how to use the glazing equipment|
|Paula and Ionela making up the glasses|
|Doing the washing up!|
|Irma and Geta with Cela.|
We set off on Monday morning to go and collect the girls and amazingly there were no set backs – we were allowed to take them! The girls didn’t know we were coming so they were really excited to see us. When we arrived at the house we all had lunch with the team from Myosotis (the charity we are working with). They were great and we have every confidence in their ability to care for and support our young people. I was so proud of Irma and Geta, who despite the environment they have been living in for two years, behaved beautifully with perfect manners.
Mike and I were then “on duty” for the next few days. On Wednesday we were joined by Cela (our support worker from Casa Linda). We were acutely aware of the close relationship the girls have with Cela and how vital it is to have her there, at least for the first weeks. The girls were totally relaxed and happy.
The house is great and all the items HAH enabled us to buy looked lovely. Although on the edge of the town (about a 15 minute walk from the town centre) it feels like its in the country. We were woken by the noise of cockerels and barking dogs. The temperature was about 38 degrees but the house has a lovely patio area shaded by grape vines and once we discovered a table in the cellar which we brought out we spent most of our time outside. The garden needs some work and a new fence (a job for next Spring), but it has 4 apple trees, a plum tree, and a couple of other fruit trees we couldn’t identify. We are hoping to get chickens as soon as possible.
The girls haven’t moved into their home yet but we are really pleased that last Wednesday they were given permission to visit the house. Our support worker, Cela, who HAH support , went with them. They spent the day at the house (and were very excited by everything) and met all the Myosotis team who will be involved in the project. A couple of them knew the girls from years back when they went on camping holidays. They had planned to spend some time sorting out the garden together as it is so overgrown but it was pouring with rain (not just us then!) so instead they all had lunch and just spent time together.Great news, and here's hoping the paperwork can be done soon and the girls can move in permenantly.
|Above, some of the lovely WI ladies who were models for the night|
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