News from Asociatia Neemia, August 2023

The Romania authorities have announced the implementation of an EU directive which restricts the import of toys for children. Imported toys, including home-made items, now need to carry a ‘CE’ conformity label. As it is impractical for our teams to verify these labels we cannot now accept toys for donation. Most stationery is, however, still acceptable.

In Romania, the school summer holidays last for a period of around 90 days, from mid-June to the beginning of August. Traditionally this was to allow the children to help with the family harvest but, with much of the population now resident in urban areas, this is no longer common. Instead, students and pupils are invited back to school for supplementary classes or extra-curricular activities. For kindergartens and junior years these take the form of sports and crafts.

For a number of years, RoAF and AN have supplied some sports items, craft materials and educational equipment to some of the kindergartens in Dorohoi and in the surrounding villages. Without these donations the teachers would have to source the items locally, either at their own expense or asking parents to contribute. In that instance there is a risk that some children from poorer homes would not be able to participate.
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During July AN sponsored the purchase of some chickens for a family in Vaculesti. Having these chickens will help the family to be able to prepare meals that are more nutritious. We were able to acquire a small quantity of frozen foods from another charity, for donation. Some of the maize from our land was milled into flour also for donation whilst the gardens at Casa Neemia produced a good crop of vegetables for the residents. A small pool allows the children there to cool off during the current heatwave.

Finally, a reminder that the packing team at Horley will be taking a break during August; the warehouse will also be closed during this month. Normal programmes for packing and the warehouse are planned to resume on the 8th and 9th September respectively.

This month’s featured photos
  • Activities during July
  • Summer distractions

A Gift of Chickens Milling maize Cooling off
Precious treasures Holiday hopscotch A growing interest

Last month’s statistics
Categories July
Same month
last year
% Change
year on year
Registered Beneficiaries:
joiners / leavers
12 / 19 20 / 35
Beneficiaries this month: 147 180 -18%
Number of Donations: 170 180 -6%
Total Value of Donations:
(£ equivalent)
2,481 2,044 21%
Exchange Rate,
5·7587 5·6577 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 shown as 0 or as “…” are awaiting final returns for the month.

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