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Lorry George Perchard accompanied by his wife Sue
Minibus Rose and Phil Phil did some driving of lorry also to comply with
the trgulations regarding the number of hours a driver can drive HGV.
Malo on Monday 26th 2007
planned arrived in the afternoon George in lorry got through the border very
easily and quickly. No queue for lorries. No paperwork requirements at Customs
instead instruction to go to unloading place and wait for the GO AHEAD from
Customs to unload.
at orphanage with
Thursday March 29th
in the morning. All went well and quickly. All their trusts came to collect
their goods good to chat to them hopefully will see most again before we
of aid from this trailer:
about trailer wheels and the state of the nuts on r.h.s. Back. Nicu and his
team to contact suitable person for repair.
Afterwards I spoke to Nicu and he gave
me some concerning facts::
Official figures are that there are
40,000 abandoned children who are abandoned in that the parents are working
abroad to earn money and relatives are looking after the children, sometimes
they may not see their parents for several years, as depending on how
officially the parents have been away they may not risk coming back to Romania.
As these figures are the official ones the true figure is probably double that.
Since going in EU huge rise in cost of
items eg fuel now 0-98 equivalent but the salaries are only approx 250 per
month, while in other EU countries salaries probably more than that per week.
Nicu says that now for all his qualified staff P2P must pay double the minimum
salary so 250 per month plus more than a further 100 in taxes. If the staff
are not being paid the full amount then they cannot sign or certify what is
needed for the various programmes.
He says the coming of EU means far more
complicated paperwork for the disbursement of the aid we have sent over. While
as far as he knows in spite of warning by
quick trip to Lotus hypermarket and back for lovely meal with
morning with P2P visiting sponsored pensioners with Monica and Emma:
To each pensioner we gave a tin of ham,
which Phil had bought using the £100 Christmas vouchers given by Mr Kirsch in
all there were 67 tins to give out and should mean that each sponsored
pensioner will have meat at Easter and be able to share some with their family
or friends too:
Hegadulus was out at lunch at Caritas so unable to visit her.
While waiting in the minibus while
George and Sue went to see pensioners sponsored by members of their church, we
saw a man rummaging through the rubbish bins to see what he could find. He had
a bag with him ready to hold any goodies he might find.
FAMILIES Peter (another sponsored pensioner) was out getting bread and other
provisions. Good visit there knowing the needs and how well our attempts so
far at relocating families have gone we really do need more resources so as to
move more of them out from there. Gave each family tin of meat, also some
travel soaps. Phil was feeding dogs (with dog biscuits he had brought over
specially) one man began eating dog biscuits so we gave him the rest of the
family grandmother has been ill and looks much thinner. Very grateful for box
and our help. Lovely family they have been given a washing machine but it is
faulty and does not work. As we were leaving we saw the dreadful old stick she
was using as a walking stick and able to give her two from the back of the
Serban elderly male pensioner with younger disabled wife. He makes baskets
she paints (oil paints when can afford materials). They gave us a basket, we
have asked him to make us a few more to sell which he will do by Monday when we
RAYMOND family have moved again to
horrible single basement room where the family of 5 sleep no water, no
electricity, their room (equivalent of £20 per month) is used as passage way
for 3 other families. Terrifying fight erupted in the courtyard as we were
leaving one man had a brick, another had a knife a lot of screaming and
shouting. We really need to try to move them somewhere else but as a gypsy he
cannot get a decent regular job. Lovely welcoming smile. Sad.
over trailer wheels sent us out to Fughiu where after much debate and concern
everyone seems happy that the repair is being done properly.
NICU'S GIRLS they had cooked samala for us a lovely time there.
nearly got lost again going there - we must remember: Pass Macdrive into same
road as Alex's girls at T junction turn left it is then along that road on
began with Phil and George going off to Fughui to check on what was happening
about the trailer repair. Later during the day we had a very satisfactory
outcome cost will be about 200.
a phone call from Alex to say that there was a problem with his minibus so we
would need ours to go to Saceini and Voivec.
day in course of conversation Alex told us how well Rody has done with her
recent exams in social work she is the only one in Bihor county who has
passed all exams. She should know for sure about a job on Monday when she must
go to Bucaresti for the 5th time in connection with the course. The
new job is because of new regulations and requirements now
to Kalaus family in Voivec absolutely excellent progress and delighted with
the way they have developed the site. Goats there, few chickens, neighbours
happy with the situation. All in all we are thrilled very rewarding,
satisfying. They were in factory warehouse.
in Voivec we were not able to go to the house Phil and I hope to buy as Alex was
concerned that for a foreign vehicle to appear would mean the price would go
up. He showed us the road that it is along. I mentioned the Raymond family as
being a family in great need. Alex will
hopefully liaise with Nelu and arrange a meeting.
then went on to Saceini to visit Gizella and the community there.
complication arose a fortnight ago arisen as when Dan went to make initial
arrangements and measurements to build her her wooden house (funded by Lions
Club and a private individual) Gizella said she did not want the house there as
she is convinced the others will steal from her. The neighbour confirmed that
she felt it was likely the community could destroy the wooden house for
firewood if Gizella was ever away. So Dan investigated the son's house in
another nearby village (along a terrible road suitable for 4 wheel drive or
tractors only so he walked several kms but found they do not want Gizella
long term). Alex wondered about moving her to Voivec and having Felicia Kalaus
paid to look after her, but Gizella not sure, though seemed positive about that
idea. That was the situation prior to our visit.
when we saw Gizella we found she has now changed her mind and does not want to
move. It is a pretty impossible situation. Finally after much discussion we
agreed with Gizella that the shed will be built in Saceini and we will involve
the neighbour in monitoring that the community do not destroy it. Alex believes
it is possible to have the wood treated so it does nor burn and covered with
something so it looks like cement and therefore not burnable. We agreed we must
not have any extras on it that could easily be removed for firewood. Not the
ideal solution but the best we can manage. Gizellas sister is there now and
she seems a sensible woman (she is working at making shoes at home) not sure
how long she will live there, but we were encouraged by her presence.
went to Metro to buy food for pensioner distribution while we went to
MacDonalds for coffee
to Alex and Rody's Girls apartment where they had cooked us a meal. Spoke to
Fornica Florrie about how we hope she can come to
and early afternoon:
the morning we went to Cefa for church service no sermon as Steve shared a
bit, Tom shared a bit, an American visitor Randy shared a bit and I shared a
lttle in service and young people sang. Also lady called Laura there doing
some research into economics and gypsies. Randy is from US and ran holiday club
last year and hopes to again.
distribution of pensioners' food parcels Phil well kissed again!!!!
Then lunch cooked at church by Rody and Gyongy and
Mariana from girls apartment.
to boys' hostel to see the boys (who washed our minibus) also see lake for fish
nearly completed fish due in soon.
with Steve and Tom they agree with idea / vision of another 2 houses one
for supervisor and one for elderly frail pensioners and would like to be
involved in raising funds, working etc. We prayed together on the site and
committed our hopes and plans into God's hands.
Kathy Langston's where we played with children then went out to Capitolium for
meal. Kathy asked for prayer regarding her hopes and plans to buy a house for
the girls and her to live in - she was
very grateful for the aid she received especially what was in the stuffing bags
she was given.
home to Geo's to pack
into Nicu's office then George and Sue left with the lorry Nicu took them to
collect and led them out towards border. They got out without any problems and
are at Hegyeshalom (Hungarian /Austrian border) tonight.
and I went to Amicii centre for handicapped adults being run in the old Casa David
building seems very worthwhile about 9 young people.
we went to the cathedral for a few minutes private prayer.
On way back met Nicu back from taking
George and Sue to border. Had lunch with him and good chat about aid new
implications it is far more difficult for him now as P2P to justify the need
for aid and this is a requirement, he has a limit of what he can receive and
after that P2P would be charged duty. Shoeboxes for
Speranta Familiei but they could not come to meet us at Salonta as hoped.
to Berechiu and saw Alex, Steve, Tom also met new boy in boys hostel Adi.
told us the good news that Rody has been given a new very good job working for
the government as a social worker in probation. (new department EU
requirement) but the bad news is that this means she cannot come to
we left exiting