Category: ‘AN Monthly News’

News from Asociatia Neemia, January 2022

07 Jan 2022 Posted by Steve Humphreys

Another year has passed, with its particular difficulties and successes. Despite lockdowns, travel restrictions and evolving bureaucracy, our teams were able to send 5 loads of clothing and other useful items. The old calendar is replaced by a fresh new one and after a short break the work resumes. Despite the problems of the past year, with its restrictions on movement and normal activities, even when at one point there was only one day’s stock remaining, nevertheless AN was able to continue to provide help to those in need around us.

We did not make the general distribution of Christmas boxes this year but we did deliver the family boxes intended for specific households as in previous years. After some 20 years of the ‘Joy in a Box’ scheme, its primary purpose of providing gifts for those who might not receive anything has been superseded by the ability of most households, schools and churches to provide gifts themselves for their children. However, those in the most need were not left out; specific sponsorships allowed AN to prepare some gifts for the most needy. Bags of ‘goodies’ were made up for children and a packages of food items were prepared for those families in the most difficult circumstances. For the children, the bags contained fruit, biscuits and chocolate items, together with a pack of face masks for the return to school. For households, the pack contained a selection of items including flour, sugar, oil, fresh fruit, tinned vegetables and domestic essentials. There were also some ‘Joy in a Box’ presents that did not make the final transport in time for last Christmas, and we were able to give these out too.

Earlier in the year, AN worked with a company that wanted to help a family whose house had burnt. The company could not give money directly but AN, as a recognised charity, acted as agent on behalf of the two parties. This is one example of additional services to the local community that can be offered beyond the basic distribution of aid.

Thank you for your support during 2021, let’s work together in 2022!


In the UK, new regulations were due to come into force on 1st January. This may mean changes to the types of goods that we can send. Once the situation becomes clearer we will update our advice to donors accordingly.

This month’s featured photos
  • Christmas joy
  • Gift distribution
  • Winter’s here

Designated family box Christmas treats Designated family box
Family food box Children's bags Designated boxes
Preparing firewood Boxing for transport Delivering firewood
Cattle shed Going nowhere Rural scene

Categories December
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
25 / 124
Beneficiaries this month: 0 351
Number of Donations: 0 744
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
0,000 5,833
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·8264 5·3779 8%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, December 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, December 2021

03 Dec 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

The day-to-day work of the AN team has continued this month with the distribution of clothing and household goods received from the UK. In addition, some supporters have taken a particular interest in one family or another and we are able to forward gift boxes sent specifically for those families.

Special funding during this month has allowed AN to purchase some locally-sourced foodstuffs to supplement the rice and other food received from south Wales. These items are always well-received and the effort involved in sending them is very worthwhile.

A major involvement this month has been the provision of an indoor bathroom and additional living space for a rural family. This project has been sponsored from the UK but AN oversees the workers and arranges for the materials as required. Whilst food and clothing are immediate essentials for many households, this type of project provides a long-term benefit for one family at a time.

The Europe-wide surge in energy prices has had a serious impact in Romania with almost all commodities reflecting the increased costs of production and transport. Many households will lack the resilience to cope with the rising cost of domestic energy once the colder months arrive.

The majority of rural households, and many urban ones as well, still depend upon firewood for heating and, in many cases, for cooking too. Some public buildings such as village schools also rely on firewood for heating. As previously mentioned, EU policies designed to protect the natural forests have made firewood both expensive and difficult to acquire legally. Nevertheless, specific sponsorship has enabled us to obtain a limited supply which we will be sharing with the most needy families.

In late November another load was been dispatched, combining the efforts of our Swansea and Horley teams. The use of pre-packed pallets simplifies the logistics of assembling the load prior to export, but the ease of documentation and handling has to be offset against a reduction in the quantity of goods in each load, when compared with loose-loading.

This month’s featured photos
  • Family Support
  • Home Improvements
  • Food and Warmth

 

Designated family box Designated family box Designated family box
House Extension House Extension House Extension
Pizza delivery Sunflower oil press Firewood

 

Last month’s performance statistics

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

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.

Categories November
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
22 / 36 20 / 48
Beneficiaries this month: 183 186 -2%
Number of Donations: 201 400 -50%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
2,115 4,555 -54%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·8324 5·4339 7%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, November 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, November 2021

08 Oct 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

A load has been dispatched from the Swansea warehouse and preparations are well in hand for a second load to be dispatched from Billingshurst in the near future. This load will be a joint venture between the English and Welsh teams; we expect to send it in early December. The procedures for sending aid seem to have stabilised now and we anticipate more frequent loads next year. It is good to hear that the stocks are building up again in our warehouses, and we trust that any new anti-Covid restrictions will not compromise our ability to pack items and load lorries.

RoAF is one of the charities supported by this year’s Harvest service at Horley Baptist Church. We are grateful for the donations received and for an opportunity to publicise the ongoing needs in Romania.

RoAF is not actively promoting the Christmas gift box scheme this year as the bulk distribution via schools and churches is no longer appropriate. There is an alternative arrangement whereby the most needy families will receive a donation of food purchased in Romania. See the RoAF website if you would like to help.
We can accept a limited number of boxes specifically for named persons; they need to be with us by mid-November before the departure of the next lorry.

Romania continues to be in the grip of the COVID pandemic. Official figures published at the end of October showed an infection rate of 10·6 per 1,000 residents (the UK equivalent was shown as 8·5). These are national figures; areas of greater population density are generally higher. There is widespread scepticism about vaccines and, in the absence of a stable government, it is left to local authorities to enforce such restrictions as they think appropriate. Additionally, the concentration on COVID has diverted resources from treating other health conditions. Several people known personally to members of the AN team have died recently.

In addition to the health crisis, Romania is experiencing severe economic problems. Food is plentiful after the harvest but it is becoming increasingly expensive, with some items now costing 50% more than last year. Energy prices are out of control and unemployment is rising. These factors combine to ensure that there is no shortage of people asking AN for help. We are grateful for the loads received recently and are in a good position to help people with clothing and other household essentials. We can offer food including rice sent by the team in Wales and other food items acquired locally but firewood – essential for most rural households – has become difficult to obtain legally.

Not surprisingly, there are many requests for financial assistance. Items for donation remain free of taxes but items that are intended for the shop now incur an import duty. This, together with increases in AN’s own operating costs, means that our ability to help is very limited.

Update for our Knitters, November 2021: Please could you prioritise knitted blankets, including the ones that are made from small squares, for the next year or so. We would like the squares to be knitted together into practical blanket sizes as it is no longer practical for this to be done in Dorohoi. Please continue with scarves and hats for adults as well.

This month’s featured photos
  • A Load from Swansea
  • Preparing the Next Load
  • Knitting from Hull Knitwits

Prepared pallets Loaded pallets Stacked boxes
Prepared pallets Prepared pallets Prepared pallets
Knitted blanket Knitted jumper Knitted hats

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories October
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
21 / 50 21 / 47
Beneficiaries this month: 159 205 -22%
Number of Donations: 185 233 -21%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
2,221 4,275 -48%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·8373 5·3757 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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, October 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, October 2021

10 Sep 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

A second load has been dispatched from the Billingshurst warehouse and preparations are well in hand for a load to be dispatched from Swansea in the near future.

RoAF is not actively promoting the Christmas gift box scheme this year. We can accept boxes for named persons but the bulk distribution via schools and churches is no longer appropriate. There is an alternative arrangement whereby the most needy families will receive a donation of food purchased in Romania. See the RoAF website if you would like to help.

We are once again grateful for the delivery of another consignment of aid items. It is good to see the stock accumulating in the warehouse but better still to be able to pass the items on to people who have need for them. We have had many requests for bicycles and walking frames so it is helpful to have received more of each. Of particular value this time was two tons of rice, donated by a foundation in south Wales and transported via Billingshurst. The bulk sacks will be repackaged into quantities more suitable for local families. The stock of knitwear including hats, scarves, gloves, and teddies is also building up ready for the winter. Many thanks to those individuals and groups who can use their knitting skills to help others to keep warm.

It has been a good year for sunflowers. We have harvested several hundred kilos of seeds which will be pressed to provide oil for donation. Earlier in the year there was a good crop of fruit at the warehouse, again demonstrating the value of having the extra land there. In previous years we have helped families with gardens by sharing seeds sent from the UK. Unfortunately we are no longer permitted to receive packets of seeds from the UK but suitable substitutes are now available locally.

As the weather becomes cooler we need to consider the possibility of purchasing firewood for a limited number of families. Policies intended to preserve the natural forests and encourage economic progress have led to increases in the costs of all forms of energy to the point where many households have difficulties keeping warm in the winter months. One of this month’s chores for most rural households is ensuring that enough firewood is ready for the coming winter.

Romania has again achieved notoriety as one of the hot-spots for renewed COVID outbreaks. There is little confidence in the authorities to establish effective counter-measures and the restrictions that are imposed are widely regarded as optional. This has an impact on how our staff go about their work especially as we cannot assume that all our visitors have complied with the health recommendations.

This month’s featured photos
  • Unloading at the Warehouse
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Donated bicycles

Mihai with barbecue Mihai with boxes Costel with rice
Sunflower seeds in trailer Sunflower seeds in sacks
Bicycle arriving Happy recipient

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories September
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
12 / 51 29 / 28
Beneficiaries this month: 134 217 -38%
Number of Donations: 150 270 -44%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
1,831 4,864 -62%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·7751 5·3411 8%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, September 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, September 2021

10 Sep 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

Following a satisfactory delivery to Romania and the lifting of many COVID restrictions in the UK the Horley team has been able to resume our Friday afternoon sessions at Horley Baptist Church and the Saturday activities at our Billingshurst warehouse. Some precautions may still apply, at least for the immediate future, including the number of people that can meet in the church building. There have been some revisions to the type of items that we can accept at present in order to comply with current import limitations – details on our website.

July was a quiet month for donations but once the lorry arrived mid-month the rate of donations has returned to a more normal level. There were some 180 separate donations during August, many of which consist of more than one item. The most popular items are clothing, footwear, toys and, when available, food. We have been able to help a number of elderly people with crutches but there is a shortage of zimmer frames at present.

Anti-COVID restrictions have been relaxed somewhat, at least for the time being, and in most situations the use of masks and sanitizers is a personal choice. However, in the office we have continued to retain a high level of social distancing – the current weather allows us to ask visitors to wait outside and their goods are passed across the office threshold. This policy will have to be reviewed once the inclement winter weather returns. There is some official concern about a resurgence of COVID as the new school year begins and it remains to be seen whether there will be a re-introduction of health measures during the late autumn.

Once again we have received donations of both food and furniture from local sources. We are happy to use our team’s experience to distribute these items in a way that the original donors cannot do.

At Casa Neemia, the polytunnel has again produced a bountiful crop of tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables. These will be preserved as in previous years and will supplement the residents’ diet during the winter. We anticipate a good crop of potatoes from the land there and the sunflower crop at the warehouse also looks promising. The seeds will be pressed and the oil donated to our regular families later in the year.

This month’s photos feature Warehouse Activities
  • Unloading packed boxes
  • Weighing and labelling
  • Stacking pallets ready for loading

Unloading Weighing Stacking

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories August
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
21 / 38 16 / 41
Beneficiaries this month: 156 173 -10%
Number of Donations: 179 223 -20%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
2,641 5,031 -48%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·7704 5·3703 7%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, August 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, August 2021

07 Aug 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

We were very relieved to receive a truck-load of aid from Billingshurst in the middle of last month. The customs procedures were more complex than in previous years but not overly onerous. We have also received approval to receive similar loads, at least until the end of this year.

The load arrived on the day that our stock of summer clothing was finally exhausted. Ironically, we still have supplies of winter clothing but that is not suitable for summer conditions. We are grateful for the timing of the delivery, and it was not long before items from this load were appearing on the donation records.

We continue to make donations from the office, albeit in smaller quantities and under the social distancing restrictions that still apply. People still need to be clothed and be fed, and there are many households who have had difficulties doing so during the pandemic. We have been able to maintain some level of donations throughout this period without lorries through a combination of locally sourced items and sponsorship for food purchases; we are grateful to those who made that possible.

This has been a long period of extra stain on our staff. Although none of them has had COVID itself, there has been an impact though friends and family, and due to the additional work that has been asked of them. This has tended to exacerbate other health problems, and we need to find some way in which they can step back a little from time to time.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude to Richard and those who worked with him for all that they have done for people in this area. It is some 30 years since the activities that evolved into RoAF and AN began. Encouraged by many supporters, Richard Burgess and Jon Norman drove a small truck load of aid to post-revolution Romania, intending it as a ‘one-off’ venture. What they saw fueled a desire to continue to help. In due course Richard bought his own truck and made aid trips four or five times a year, as well as helping in many needy situations. Finally Richard has hung up the keys to his truck – his dynamism and drive will be missed. We trust that he will have a long and happy retirement – although watching the sunset from a rocking chair on the porch probably isn’t his style.

This month’s featured photos
  • A Welcome Arrival
  • Richard in Action
  • .

Unloading (Beni & Laur) Unloading (Ovidiu)
Richard with truck Havirna kindergarten Dorohoi oph

Last month’s performance statistics

These statistics give a snapshot of our aid-related activities last month (pending update).

Categories July
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
7 / 29 14 / 49
Beneficiaries this month: 103 159 -35%
Number of Donations: 112 186 -40%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
0,994 3,110 -68%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·7494 5·3468 8%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, July 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, July 2021

30 May 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

Progress towards the resumption of aid preparation and transport has been made on two fronts:
> the Horley team has received consent to resume Friday packing at Horley Baptist Church although we cannot start until after the first load leaves and there is space in the warehouse;
> following the receipt of approvals from the Romanian customs to send aid items an application has been submitted for the necessary UK export documents.

In south Wales, some 500 boxes are awaiting the outcome of the first load; hopefully this will clarify any need for repacking or relabelling them. Both teams have many helpers and donors wishing to unload their homes of accumulated items, and we look forward to re-establishing our collecting and packing activities.

We have finally received the approval from the customs authorities to resume the import of humanitarian aid. We understand that this is a general approval and would allow us to resume deliveries for the rest of the year but it is unclear whether a detailed inventory will have to be submitted with each load. Certain items are excluded from the permit, the most significant being coffee and tea!

Last month there was a substantial reduction in the quantity of aid being donated from the office. This category of donations includes clothing, food, household goods and certain medical items. This reduction reflects a shortage of clothing suitable for the summer season and the easier availability of food in the local markets. However, we have continued to be busy, with distributing other items such as mobility aids, home improvement items like doors, paint and furniture, and produce from our own cultivated land.

Our land at the warehouse and at Casa Neemia looks set to produce good crops again this year, thanks to the warm winter and wet spring. We have already harvested some vegetables and fruit, and some residents at Casa Neemia have been busily involved in this.

We used this relatively quiet period to have some refurbishment work done on the van, including bodywork, suspension and a new coat of paint. It really does look very smart (the pictures below were taken before the refurbishment) and we are grateful to those who undertook this work at a very charitable cost.

This month’s featured photos
  • Working the land
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • The AN van

Weeding Weeding
Jars in van Harvesting beans
Furniture on trailer Painted van

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories June
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
10 / 20 11 / 39
Beneficiaries this month: 85 133 -36%
Number of Donations: 86 159 -46%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
0,741 3,907 -81%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·7344 5·3779 7%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, June 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, June 2021

05 May 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys

The Horley team has assembled the next load. We hope that it will leave Billingshurst in June, once the documentation is complete. We await anxiously permission to continue packing and sorting at Horley Baptist Church on Friday afternoons. In south Wales, some 500 boxes are awaiting the outcome of the first load; hopefully this will clarify any need for repacking or relabelling them. Both teams have many helpers and donors wishing to unload their homes of accumulated items, and we look forward to re-establishing our collecting and packing activities.

In Dorohoi, AN has completed the compilation of the documents for the load from Billingshurst, and has submitted them to the customs authorities in Iasi. We are waiting for feedback and approvals, and then we can convey the authorisation to the Horley team. The experience of this first delivery under the new arrangements will help to determine how to move forward with future consignments.

We have been able to continue with our help for local people within the terms of the relevant restrictions, albeit at a reduced overall level compared with previous years due, in part, to declining stocks of suitable items. Despite this, we were able to help 142 families last month. We received some cash sponsorship, which was used to provide food for the most needy, and also some goods in kind from other organisations, which also helped to provide a level of donations that might not otherwise have been possible. The Romanian government is planning to lift most restrictions during June, but we cannot anticipate a return to the previous levels of activity just yet.

In common with the rest of the ‘block’, our office has received a facelift comprising new insulation and a coat of fresh paint. This expenditure was effectively ‘non-optional’ but we were able to continue operations throughout the period of the works and it did help the contractors to keep working!

Residents at Casa Neemia have continued to help with the preparations for this year’s crops and the maintenance of the grounds at the warehouse. This has the benefits of keeping them occupied, training them in useful work and improving their prospects for future employment. Finally, they get to eat the fruits of their efforts.

In another area of Romania, RoAF has given a final donation to ‘ASPA One Life’ in Arad to help with renovations to the new ambulance station they have in Vladimirescu.


This month’s featured photos
  • Food and furniture
  • Office renovations
  • Training the gardeners

Milling maize Donated furniture
Business as usual Office facelift
Tomato strings New plants Warehouse orchard

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories May
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
12 / 16 11 / 31
Beneficiaries this month: 142 114 25%
Number of Donations: 164 129 27%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
1,277 3,668 -65%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·7069 5·4617 4%

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, May 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, May 2021

05 May 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys


The need to comply with social distancing and health protection measures means that the preparation of our news updates has been affected; in particular in the number of photos that we can take and in keeping up-to-date with our donation statistics. Normal service with be resumed – but when?

In the UK, work has continued on re-configuring the existing stocks of aid in accordance with the new labelling regulations. This is a time-consuming task and we are still unable to accept any further donations just yet. Our public packing sessions are still suspended and other donations must be by prior agreement only.

The warehouse in south Wales is filling up mainly due to the transfer of materials kept in domestic garages during the winter. The structure itself remains a hazard due to the falling plasterboard lining of the ceiling which threatens to fall on the boxes stored underneath. The dampness has temporarily gone because of the dry weather though it is only a matter of time before it returns. We really do need an alternative storage facility that is affordable, dry and secure.
Softies
A small team has been at Billingshurst over the last 3 or 4 weeks, re-checking all the boxes, bags etc of goods. They have made good progress, weighing and labelling them. There are still some items in Horley which need to be transferred to Billingshurst and then there is the task of numbering and weighing the furniture that remained after last year’s loads. Nevertheless, the team is close to sending a final manifest to Dorohoi for evaluation and finalising so that they can load and send the first lorry of the post Brexit era! This first lorry will be somewhat of a test of new procedures; the ‘fallout’ from Brexit may yet have far-reaching consequences.

AN’s review of activities during 2020 is now available on our website. It gives an overview of our various types of activity during the past year, in terms of the types of help offered and the numbers of people helped. In summary, over 900 households were helped during the year, in addition to the services. There is a link to the document in the menu on the left – but finish reading here first!

April 2021 has been officially recorded as one of the coolest Aprils in recent years. It has also been relatively dry. Now we await the warm wet spring that would kick off the growing season but the forecasters suggest that we will switch directly into a hot summer. The residents at Casa Neemia have been preparing the grounds and planting outdoor crops such as the potatoes and vegetables that will form a staple of their diet later in the year. The cooler weather has delayed the start of our polytunnel season so there is now some catching up to do.

At our warehouse, too, the grounds have been spruced up with the help of Casa Neemia residents, most of whom are happy to be involved in the wider range of AN activities. A neighbouring farmer usually prepares the land at the warehouse for us; ploughing, disking, seeding, etc but these activities have been a little later this year. We intend to plant another crop of maize there once the farmer has prepared his own land.

The stocks of clothing at the warehouse are starting to dwindle. With the change of season we also need to change the type of clothing that we offer. It is a blessing that the supply of winter clothing has lasted well but summer clothing is running short. We appreciate the endeavours that the teams in the UK are making to prepare new loads and address the uncertainties of transport.

Once again we want to express our thanks to all those who have contributed to our aid activities, and we look forward to being able to continue to help those in need in this oft-neglected area of Romania.

This month’s featured photos
  • Sponsored food donations
  • Working the grounds at Casa Neemia
  • Animal, Vegetable and Mineral

Food for donation food donation food donation
groundsmen groundsmen
Family with Cow Family with Seeds Family with Tools

Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories April
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
15 / 18 9 / 33
Beneficiaries this month: 183 89 106%
Number of Donations: 210 105 100%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
2,823 2,057 37%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·6973 5·5208 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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, April 2021

News from Asociatia Neemia, April 2021

08 Apr 2021 Posted by Steve Humphreys


The need to comply with social distancing and health protection measures means that the preparation of our news updates has been adversely affected; in particular in the number of photos that we can take and in keeping up-to-date with our donation statistics. Normal service with be resumed – but when?

In the UK, work has started on reassembling the pallets of aid in accordance with the new labeling regulations. This is a time-consuming task and we are still unable to accept any further donations just yet. Our public packing sessions are still suspended and other donations must be by prior agreement only.

Our finance team has successfully completed the annual accounts for 2020 and they have been submitted to the Charity Commissioner. You should be able to source these on line by ‘find a charity’ on the gov.uk website using our charity number 1060828 (link). We benefited from two previous legacies which helped to support our work in Romania and, of course, we are grateful to those who have continued to support our activities during what has been a difficult year for many people.

In northeast Romania the late, hopefully last, vestiges of winter continue to delay the start of the Spring proper but preparations for the planting season are underway. However, for those with livestock, the season of new birth has begun, especially for the smaller animals. Fowl are laying again and new kids (four-legged ones) are arriving.

We continue to receive requests for help and we continue to help with the resources that we still have. During March we gave out nearly 1.5 tonnes of clothing, bedding and similar items, plus two dozen chairs and other furniture. The range of goods available is slowly being depleted but we trust that transport restrictions will be resolved so that our stocks can be replenished in due course.

We were able to distribute nearly two tonnes of assorted foodstuffs. The food came from local sources such as other organisations as well as from our own crops. We did receive some cash donations which allowed us to purchase some food locally. In all, the donations of food and goods during March were worth about £2,000.

The residents at Casa Neemia have continued to benefit from the preserved fruit and vegetables set aside last year. We hope to be able to repeat this success this year, using both the gardens at Casa Neemia for small crops and the larger plot at the warehouse for cereals.

The shop continues to cover its operating costs but there is very little surplus and cash donations still have to be tightly controlled.

This month’s featured photos
  • Repacking pallets for transport
  • A season for new life
  • Home-grown produce

Repacked pallet
goats goats
Bagging maize


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Last month’s performance statistics

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

Categories March
2021
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
25 / 34 17 / 41
Beneficiaries this month: 221 156 42%
Number of Donations: 273 183 49%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
2,150 3,992 -46%
Exchange Rate,
RON to GBP
5·6940 5·4128 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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.


 
Previous month’s news, March 2021

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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.