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News from Asociatia Neemia, November 2019

06 Nov 2019 Posted by Steve Humphreys

The date is chosen, the arguments intensify, the day draws near with a great deal of hot air in high places and finally – another non-Brexit day passes with much energy expended and so little achieved. Compare this with a RoAF loading day: everybody working together in a common cause, the only debates are about what fits best into the available space, the hot air comes from the efforts of those involved and the final outcome is that a lot of people will benefit from the day’s activity.

October has seemed to be a very long month – the individual days have passed quickly enough but in total it feels like it has passed slowly. Nevertheless, a lot has been accomplished. Last month AN distributed items totalling some £6,700 in local equivalent value to 200 households; this was primarily clothing and food but also included furniture, medical equipment, gardening tools and other household items.

Each year we aim to raise a crop on the land adjoining the warehouse with the intention of having additional food to donate to our registered families. Earlier this year we planted sunflowers and in October, with the help of a local farmer, we harvested enough seeds to obtain some 500 litres of sunflower oil. The seeds were pressed at a local mill and we also received two van-loads of solid by-product. This is highly nutritious and is passed on to households for feeding to pigs or fowl.

School children are usually expected to provide their own exercise books and stationery whilst other classroom resources are often funded by teachers or parents. We regularly receive donations of school books, stock surpluses, misprints and printer’s offcuts which we can pass on.

The AN team has a wide variety of expertise which allows us to co-ordinate or participate in projects outside the day-to-day activities of aid donation. In October, we contributed to two privately funded projects for particular families. In Dimacheni a dilapidated house was replaced (see October’s Notes) whilst in Horlaceni a well was dug for use by two families who currently rely largely on collected rainwater. Access limitations at the site meant that the 19 metre deep well had to be dug using manually operated equipment, with the addition weight of an operator sitting on top.

EU policies designed to protect Romania’s natural forests have led to a steep increase in the price of firewood.
Outside of the major cities the majority of households rely on wood for heating, especially as the price of other forms of energy make them too expensive for regular use. Thanks to specific sponsorship, we have managed to acquire a limited amount of firewood for a few families this winter but we are not able to provide for all those who ask.

A reminder – Like it or not, Christmas is coming! Each year, AN distributes several thousand gift boxes to needy households in the area around Dorohoi. This year’s boxes have already started arriving in Dorohoi but there is still another opportunity to send boxes but they should be with the Horley team without further delay.

This month’s featured photos
  • Loading and unloading by volunteers
  • New exercise books
  • Digging a well at Horlaceni
  • Processing the sunflower crop

 

Loading team at Swansea Unloading the boxes
Donated exercise books Donated exercise books
Hand operated drilling rig Hand operated drilling rig
Sunflower seeds The press in action Sunflower oil

Photo Gallery: Click on any of the photos for enlargements, more details or similar photos.

Last month’s performance statistics

These statistics give a snapshot of our aid-related activities last month.

Category
 
October
2019
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers21 / 6332 / 49
Beneficiaries this month202233 -9%
Number of Donations255279 -13%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)6,6987,640 -12%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5·4320
5·2869 +3%

Stats notes:
– Joiners are new registrants this month, Leavers are are those whose latest recorded donation was 12 months ago.
– Some households may receive more than one donation during a month (eg, repeat donations of food).
– Items marked as “?” are awaiting final returns for the month.


Previous month, October 2019

News from Asociatia Neemia, August 2019

31 Jul 2019 Posted by Steve Humphreys


In August many expatriate Romanians return home, to visit their wider families and perhaps to continue building that dream home that they might retire to some day. This is a season when there are plenty of opportunities for casual employment, both in construction and in the agricultural sector where another bumper crop is forecast. Ironically, the commercial crops are not intended for consumption in Romania – cereals are exported to the far east whilst vegetables and soft fruits make their way to western consumers. As a result, retail food prices are rising rapidly as traders in the domestic supply chain endeavour to complete against the higher returns from the export markets.

Our land at the warehouse has produced a large crop of sunflowers which will be harvested and pressed to produce fresh oil for donation to our families. The by-product from the pressing process is used for animal feed so little goes to waste. In addition, the polytunnel at Casa Neemia has provided us with a good crop of vegetables; some have been bottled for use by the residents during the winter and the rest is being distributed among our registered families.

Once again we have received some special boxes designated for named recipients. These boxes are sent by sponsors in the UK who take an interest in particular individuals or families; AN manages the distribution of these boxes and provides feedback to the donors.

Camp update: We have received more photos from the camp and have updated our camp website page. The page also contains links to a video report of the camp. Once again it has been a successful camp where the children found out more about God’s love and made new friendships while they had a lot of fun. Many thanks to those who helped make it happen.

Reminder – the Horley packing team will be taking its annual August break this month. The packing activities will begin again on 6th September. The Billingshurst warehouse will be closed for deliveries during August except by special appointment. Our teams in south and west Wales will be making their own arrangements and should be contacted directly.

Another reminder – It may be the middle of summer and the temperatures are abnormally high but it is not too soon to think about Christmas! If your decorating is done and you are bored by the beach you could start to prepare your Christmas gift boxes. Each year, RoAF collects several thousand gift boxes for distribution to needy households in north-east Romania. Due to impending Brexit uncertainty we need to send the boxes earlier this year so please try to have your gifts ready by mid-October.

This month’s featured photos
  • Harvest home, Sunflowers, Polytunnel at Casa Neemia
  • Preserving vegetables at Casa Neemia
  • Designated gift boxes

 

Trailer with wheat Field of sunfowers Polytunnel at Casa Neemia
Preparing the vegetables Bottled Cucumbers
A Special Delivery

Last month’s performance statistics

These statistics give a snapshot of our aid-related activities last month.

Category
 
July
2019
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers32 / 4021 / 35
Recipients this month203181 +12%
Number of Donations232221+5%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)79636,328+26 %
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5.26105.2414 0%

Stats notes:
– Joiners are new registrants this month, Leavers are are those whose latest recorded donation was 12 months ago.
– Some households may receive more than one donation during a month (eg, repeat donations of food).
– Items marked as “?” are awaiting final returns for the month.


Previous month, July 2019