Category: ‘AN Monthly News’

News from Asociatia Neemia, May 2020

04 May 2020 Posted by Steve Humphreys


 
The information given in this page was correct at the time of preparation. However, in the current circumstances, regulations and activities can change on a daily basis and it is not possible to keep these pages entirely up to date. Please refer to our “Please Note” page for the latest information.


 
In the UK all activities involving person-to-person contact including packing and transport have been suspended during the present crisis:
– Friday packing sessions are suspended;
– Normal warehouse activities are suspended;
– Team meetings are moving to digital media;
– Lorry departures are postponed.
The monthly Prayer Notes and the websites will continue to be published as normal.
You can keep up to date via our website link above.

Most of our activities in the UK are undertaken by pensioners which means that we are at a standstill pending the lifting of the restrictions on the movement of older people. However, individuals are able to continue some activities such as knitting or preparing items on a single person basis although we are not as yet able to collect and pack any items.

The work of AN has not stopped during this period of emergency. We did reduce the hours of work, but we kept the office and shop open. During the first part from this emergency period very few people were coming to the office to ask for help; the same at the shop, very few customers, but in the last week a lot of people came especially to the office.

We have some stock of clothes in the office that we are able to donate straight away. We were able to buy some bulk food like pizza, yogurt and ice cream at a very convenient price. We also bought a chest freezer where we keep the food and are able to donate it to families and Casa Neemia. At Casa Neemia the boys (most of them are isolated) have been helpful working and seeding the garden, but struggling to cope with one another after being all together there for long time.

In the warehouse we have left some summer boxes for the shop (not many) but the stock is mainly winter items – blue fleeces (Shoe Zone), and some white duvets and knitted items. This year we seeded the land at the warehouse with maize, which will be milled into flour in the autumn. We estimate that in this circumstances, without receiving a lorry with goods we may cope till middle of June (office and shop).

This month’s featured photos
  • Preparing for the new growing season
  • Pizza and Ice-cream
  • Masks are in fashion

Seeding A gift of seeds Watering the vegetables
Pizza Ice cream
Donation at the Door Girl with mask Pizza and Yoghurt

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
April
2020
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers... / ...17 / 43
Beneficiaries this month...182 +-%
Number of Donations...207 +-%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)...6,254 +-%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP...5.5160 +-%

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, March 2020

News from Asociatia Neemia, April 2020

30 Mar 2020 Posted by Steve Humphreys


 
The information given in this page was correct at the time of preparation. However, in the current circumstances, regulations and activities can change on a daily basis and it is not possible to keep these pages entirely up to date. Please refer to our “Please Note” page for the latest information.


 
In the UK all activities involving person-to-person contact including packing and transport have been suspended during the present crisis:
– Friday packing sessions are suspended;
– Normal warehouse activities are suspended;
– Team meetings are moving to digital media;
– Lorry departures are postponed.
The monthly Prayer Notes and the websites will continue to be published as normal.
You can keep up to date via our website link above.

The clothing collection box at St Francis Church in Horley has been renovated. Our thanks to Jim for doing this and, of course, to all those who will make good use of the box once the restrictions are lifted. This box and the one at Billingshurst are still accessible for the deposit of clean, wrapped clothing. However, the collection routine is subject to disruption so please do not leave any items outside the boxes.

Spring has officially arrived in north-eastern Romania although it feels like it has been here for several months already. Trees and flowers that should be starting to produce buds are well advanced. However, the absence of a proper winter has its downsides. Snow which would have melted slowly into the soil has been replaced by rain which runs off into ditches and this may compromise this year’s crops. In a normal year the arrival of Spring would bring increased opportunities for employment in construction and agriculture. This year the situation is very different, with local residents competing with those who have returned from abroad.
A nation-wide curfew means that activities are now very limited. The office remains open, with reduced hours; the numbers of those asking for help is lower than normal and we are having to ration the amount of food that we can give. We are unable to provide any cash help at present. The shop is still open, but again with limited hours. At present it is covering its staff costs but little else. At the warehouse we still have good stocks of clothing and bedding, and knitwear suitable for the elderly and very young. We do have a quantity of gardening and DIY tools that we can give to those who can make use of them to help themselves.
The residents at Casa Neemia are confined to the premises and a strict hygiene regime has been introduced. We are able to supply daily meals for them and they are still able to work outside in the garden and polytunnel under certain conditions.

This month’s featured photos
  • Refurbished drop-box in Horley
  • Lunch at Casa Neemia
  • Aid awaiting dispatch

Refurbished drop-box
Bread rolls at Casa Neemia Lunch at Casa Neemia
Aid awaiting dispatch Aid awaiting dispatch Aid awaiting dispatch

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
March
2020
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers... / ...13 / 52
Beneficiaries this month...176 +-%
Number of Donations...190 +-%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)...6,925 +-%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP...5.4380 +-%

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, March 2020

News from Asociatia Neemia, March 2020

29 Feb 2020 Posted by Steve Humphreys

Despite the Billingshurst warehouse being effectively empty in mid January, stocks there have built up to the point where we have about half a lorry-load already. We have once again been surprised by the generosity of our donors, including an offer of unclaimed bedding from a local laundry, all freshly laundered and bagged up, plus a stock of T-shirts from another source. Our thanks to you all.

In Dorohoi February has been the usual sort of month, with normal donations to families of clothing, bedding, white duvets, pushchairs, cots, and food. We still have some tinned food from Horley – maybe 150 kg left – which has been very good and useful. What we have left might last for other two weeks, but we still have oil, rice from Wales and flour given to us by another charity in Botosani. We have bought some frozen pizza from a local producer. These pizzas are very economic, at about 20p per pizza and proved very popular last year when we donated them to families. They can be cooked on the type of wood-fired stoves that most of our families use and make a welcome change in their diet. In addition we can use some of them for the residents at Casa Neemia.

At Casa Neemia the residents were more involved in helping with garden and also in the kitchen. Our neighbour agreed for us to grow vegetables on her land as well so they will be plenty to keep them occupied once the season starts. We have been getting the CN boys to help with some work at warehouse; tidying the garden, cleaning the yard and repairing the driveway, plus chopping and delivering wood to families. These activities seem to have resulted in an improvement in their attitude.

We donated wood to about 25 families, plus the usual donations of money for rent, medicine, gas bottle refills, transport to hospital, etc. So even an ordinary month keeps us busy!

This month’s featured photos show some of the residents at Casa Neemia at work:
  • Preparing the polytunnel for this year’s vegetables
  • Collecting tree cuttings for donation as cooking fuel
  • Repairing the driveway at the warehouse

Preparing for planting Loading tree trimmings Repairing the driveway

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
February
2020
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers26 / 4923 / 50
Beneficiaries this month226183 +23%
Number of Donations284195 +46%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)7,3976,126 +21%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5.68395.4338 +5%

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, February 2020

News from Asociatia Neemia, February 2020

04 Feb 2020 Posted by Steve Humphreys

For the ‘first time in living memory’ the Horley team has managed to achieve an empty warehouse – well nearly. There was a suggestion about using the space in a more orderly fashion but, as with most new years resolutions, that remains to be seen. We have, as yet, little guidance in what items can be accepted in what may become a more stringent post-Brexit customs inspection regime. However, such is the generosity of our donors that by the time that you read this the team will have started to restock and we are grateful to those who continue to donate, both in bulk and on a smaller scale.

As mentioned last month, some 95% of households (and 25% of schools) in rural Romania are heated with wood. The warmer weather during the past two months has reduced the demand for wood but it is still necessary to have some, for cooking as well as heating. Due to environmental concerns, firewood is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain legally but, following additional sponsorship, we were once again able to acquire a supply of firewood from a legitimate source and distribute it to some families who were unable to obtain their own.
However, this form of heating does come with its risks. AN has, on a number of occasions, been asked to provide emergency help for those who have suffered house fires. Most recently, at the end of January, two of our regular beneficiary households who both had lodgings in one house were rendered homeless by a fire which destroyed a major part of the premises. For one of them, it was the second time that a fire in a shared building had made him homeless, through no fault of his own. It is in these situations that stocks of bedding and clothing, plus essential household items, prove their worth. We cannot replace all that has been lost but we can at least help with immediate needs.

The dates for this year’s children’s camp have been decided. It will take place from 15th to 20th June, the first week of the summer holidays, and space for 40 children has been booked. As in previous years, this opportunity of a holiday is likely to be over-subscribed and it will be necessary to exercise some discretion in selecting the children and also the young people who will act as group leaders.

This month’s featured photos
  • A warehouse awaits fresh stock
  • Loading logs makes you warm
  • Competing for space on the coach to camp

A warehouse awaits fresh stock Loading logs Anticipating camp

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
January
2020
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers18 / 5724 / 45
Beneficiaries this month198193 +3%
Number of Donations266204 +30%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)6,8175,626 +21%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5.62355.3037 +6%

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, January 2020

News from Asociatia Neemia, January 2020

03 Jan 2020 Posted by Steve Humphreys


The most memorable activity each December is the distribution of Christmas giftboxes and designated boxes for sponsored families. Christmas boxes prepared in the UK are shared amongst our registered families and a limited number is supplied to local kindergartens and village churches for distribution. Generally, the Christmas boxes are more suitable for children under the age of 14 but some have been prepared for older people and these are delivered appropriately. In addition to the Christmas boxes we also received boxes of a more general nature designated for specific households. This year, approximately 1,200 Christmas boxes were distributed, in addition to the sponsored family boxes. Photos of some of the recipients are included below and in our online photo gallery.

One family received a special gift. Some years ago, generous sponsorship had allowed Asociatia Neemia to buy a replacement house for a family whose own house was rapidly becoming derelict. The replacement house was old and lacking in facilities but it was basically sound and the agreement was that the family would work on the property and improve its facilities. This they have done and shortly before Christmas the property was transferred into their name as permanent owners.

The end of yet another year and the beginning of the next provides the opportunity to both look backwards with thankfulness and to look forwards in anticipation. What will 2020 bring? Will the new Romanian government actually deliver anything any different from its predecessors? As we pin up a new calendar with its encouraging texts, we are unlikely to find one with the words of Jesus when He said that the poor will always be with you. For those of us working to help the poor this offers the prospect of continuing employment, tempered by the knowledge that as some move out of poverty there will always be those with needs still to be addressed.

During the past ten years AN has registered some 5,000 recipients, mainly households but also including schools, churches and other organisations. Of these, some 1,080 households received material help during the past year. On average these goods were worth about £75 per household or about 4 times the monthly child allowance. In addition, we provided some institutions such as schools with stationery or village churches with giftboxes for the younger members of their congregations.

Throughout the year we have been asked for financial assistance. The rapidly rising prices for food and home energy mean that many people find themselves in difficulty, particularly when they have not been able to make any provision for unexpected bills. In so far as we are able, we try to help in the most deserving cases, and we are grateful to those who have made additional financial resources available for AN to use.

Throughout the year we have received generous supplies of foodstuffs, from sources in the UK and locally. Rice, oil, flour and sugar have been received in bulk, along with smaller quantities of tinned goods and other staples. This food is donated to families in need and is very much appreciated, especially in the winter months when supplies of other food may be limited.

The week before Christmas also saw the occasion of a sponsored hot meal for some of our ‘wild bunch’. These are young people who, generally, have been brought up in the old orphanage system and have not been well integrated into ‘normal’ society. On this occasion, the meal was sponsored by a former resident of Casa Neemia who has gone on to make a better life for himself.

In rural Romania some 95% of households (and 25% of schools) are heated with wood. Due to environmental concerns, firewood is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain legally but, as a result of specific sponsorship, we were once again able to acquire a supply of firewood from a legitimate source and distribute it to some families who were unable to obtain their own.

This month’s featured photos
  • A family received the deeds of their house
  • Christmas presents and sponsored Gift Boxes
  • Warmth comes in many forms

Receiving the Deeds
Children's Gift BoxFamily Christmas BoxFamily Christmas Box
Sponsored Gift BoxSponsored Gift BoxSponsored Gift Box
A donation of foodA hot mealDelivering firewood

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
December
2019
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers26 / 9622 / 117
Beneficiaries this month415414 +0%
Number of Donations392433 -9%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)8,2638,079 +2%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5.63525.1805 +9%

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, December 2019

News from Asociatia Neemia, December 2019

05 Dec 2019 Posted by Steve Humphreys

Once again thanks are due to all those who helped to prepare and load the latest lorry from Billingshurst. Enough material remains to give a start to next year’s loads and the next loading day at Billingshurst is anticipated to be on 11th January. Before then the Horley-based team will be taking a break over Christmas; the final packing day for this year will be on Friday 20th December and the warehouse will close after normal hours on the following day. The team will resume normal activities on the 3rd and 4th of January respectively. Rumour has it that the south Wales team does not understand the concept of a break and will continue to be active!

We were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of the death of Costel Punga aged 30. Costel was one of our “ex-orphange boys” who enjoyed working hard and was a great help with the more manual aspects of AN’s work. Photos of him at work appeared quite frequently in our publications, most recently in last month’s edition of these Notes when he was helping to unload the sunflower seeds. He will be sorely missed by those of us who became his substitute family.

Costel was officially regarded as having no fixed abode. The lack of appropriate documentation is a problem for many of the families that we help but it is particularly so for those young people who have grown up in similar circumstances. Without the relevant paperwork it becomes difficult to get access to state services and this is an area where AN and our colleagues are able to help by negotiating with the authorities.

One notable event of the coming month is the distribution of Christmas gift boxes. We have been doing this for some twenty years and, since January 2011 (when detailed records began) we have given out a total of over 18,000 boxes. Our thanks go to those to have donated these boxes and to those who check, pack and label them so diligently. The requests for these gifts always exceeds the supply and a certain amount of wisdom is required in managing expectations that exceed available resources. Whilst it would be fair to say that the number of people who receive nothing else at Christmas is much less than when we started, nonetheless the boxes still bring joy to the faces of those who receive them.

Many rural kindergartens have a period during the final week of November when the children are encouraged to visit some of the elderly or disadvantaged in their village. They may take groceries, simple household necessities and some flowers, and sing to those they visit. AN has been able to contribute to those gifts from the supplies that we receive.

This month’s featured photos
  • Costel Punga – In Memoriam
  • More stuff!
  • Children’s visit to disadvantaged villagers

 

Costel Punga - In Memoriam Costel Punga - In Memoriam
Checking the load at Billingshurst One very happy boy
Children's visit, Balinti, Nov'19 Children's visit

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
November
2019
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers23 / 7123 / 53
Beneficiaries this month242238 +2%
Number of Donations294279 +5%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)8,5107.205 +18%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5.55675.2927 +5%

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, November 2019

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

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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, October 2019

03 Oct 2019 Posted by Steve Humphreys

A joint load from west Wales and Billingshurst early in September brought additional stocks of clothing and bedding, the latter in particular will be appreciated during the coming winter. The load also included more rice, oil and sugar which will help those adversely affected by the poor harvest and rising food prices. An additional local donation of foodstuffs was gratefully received, despite the physical effort involved in moving 300 kg of pickled cauliflower!

The lack of rain during the past three months has meant that our garden produce at Casa Neemia has not been to the quality of previous years. However, the polytunnel continues to provide good quantities of tomatoes, aubergines, chillies and peppers. Our housekeeper, Angelica, has bottled much of this produce and it will be available for the residents during the winter.

September proved to be a good month for construction projects. The AN project team has been involved with the building of a replacement house for a poor household in Dimacheni. The project has been sponsored by supporters in west Wales and local workers have undertaken much of the construction work itself. An additional benefit from this project has been that a young boy in the family has been allowed to restart school after a gap of two years. It will be difficult for him to catch up and we will need to encourage him to persevere in that effort.

From time to time we receive donations of medical items. Crutches, wheelchairs and similar items are always in demand. However, please do not send prescription medicines. These drugs are potentially dangerous if misused and AN does not have the expertise or the legal authority to distribute them safely. Local pharmacies cannot accept them and we then have the problem of disposing of them. Non-prescription medicines, vitamins, energy drinks and unopened in-date items such as bandages or syringes are still acceptable.

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. Due to impending Brexit uncertainty RoAF needs to send the boxes earlier this year so please try to have your gifts ready by mid-October.

This month’s featured photos
  • Goods incoming, AN warehouse
  • New house at Dimacheni
  • Garden harvest, Casa Neemia

 

Unloading lorry Unloading load ref 19-06sep
Old house at Dimacheni New for old at Dimacheni New house at Dimacheni
Preserved vegetables Stacking the sheaves Stripping maize cobs

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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
September
2019
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers12 / 4323 / 13
Beneficiaries this month150184 -18%
Number of Donations171211 -19%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)4,4488,248 -46%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5·3129
5·2012 +2%

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, September 2019

News from Asociatia Neemia, September 2019

06 Sep 2019 Posted by Steve Humphreys


In contrast to the first week of August when there is an influx of Romania expats returning home, the final weekend of the month sees their departure for foreign parts and a degree of relative calmness and normality returns. The summer peak in construction activity is past but local people can continue to build for several more months. Many poorer families are dependent on the earnings from casual work so they value the chance to earn a bit more money before the end of the season.

The end of the holiday period also introduces the need to prepare for the coming winter. Agricultural work will continue for a while but once the harvest is brought in most of the effort will go to preparing for next year’s growing season. This is mainly a mechanical process, using implements drawn by tractors or horses, and so does not offer the intensity of manual labour that casual labourers need. This year the situation is compounded by a lack of rain at a critical time prior to harvest. Too much rain makes the ground impassable by machinery but too little stunts the growth of the crops as well as making the ground too hard to work.

September also brings the start of a new school year. We expect to receive many requests for help with the essentials – uniforms, stationery and bus fares. Fortunately we have good supplies of appropriate clothing as well as exercise books, pens, paper, etc, which have been sent earlier in the year, plus we have some classroom equipment suitable for donation to kindergartens.

A reminder – The start of Autumn means that it is time to think about Christmas! Each year, AN distributes several thousand gift boxes to needy households in the area around Dorohoi. Due to impending Brexit uncertainty RoAF needs to send the boxes earlier this year so please try to have your gifts ready by mid-October.

This month’s featured photos
  • Goods awaiting transport, Billingshurst
  • Preparing for Autumn
  • Designated gift boxes – recipient families

 

Boxes in warehouse
Waiting at the Mill Reviving the rotovator
Family at Broscauti Family at Vaculesti Family at Horlaceni

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Category
 
August
2019
Same Month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries: joiners / leavers18 / 4227 / 32
Beneficiaries this month192136 +41%
Number of Donations216155+39%
Total Value of Donations (£ equivalent)6,9584,870+39%
Exchange Rate, RON to GBP5.16605.1792 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, August 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.


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