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Seed Jersey, Cardiff House, La Ruette du Coin Varin, St Peter,
Casa Mabel opens
The highlight of Rose and
Phil’s trip to
The picture shows Rose Helie of Mustard
The official opening was
attended by the local dignitaries and representatives from the Romanian trusts
with whom Mustard Seed Jersey works.
Mustard Seed Jersey’s eleven year history of taking aid to 7 different
Alex thanked the
Romanian building company for their generous discount, the mayor for his
support and the numerous people in
The mayor and
Member of Parliament both spoke commending Mustard Seed for their ongoing
support and assistance to the poor and needy in the area. But the most moving
speech was made by Flori who explained how much Mustard Seed has meant to her,
as she briefly told her life story:
Brought up in an
orphanage, she trained hard as she had gymnastic ability and represented
At this point in
time she met Rody Stroie who brought her into Mustard Seed’s programme for
vulnerable young women who had been in state orphanages and needed a helping
Recently Flori and
five others have moved to Cefa and now live upstairs in Casa Mabel. Because of
her serious medical problems Flori is a medical pensioner and needs a carer.
Adela is her friend and carer, looking after her when she is poorly, and at
other times Adela works in Casa Mabel, cleaning or working in the vegetable
[The other young
women (except for Adela) work in factories. Having known the young women for
several years, both Rose and Phil commented on how much happier and more
relaxed they all are now living at Cefa in Casa Mabel.]
The name plaque on
Casa Mabel translates as “Casa Mabel. Home of love, joy, peace and hope”.
Downstairs there is a large communal area with kitchen, dining area and
lounge and 3 double rooms with en suite facilities. Upstairs is another smaller
communal area, seven double rooms and a bathroom block. In the lounge area at Casa Mabel. All furniture has
come on the Mustard Seed lorry from
elderly pensioner to move in did not
arrive till after the opening, as she was in hospital. It is hoped that the mix
of older and younger will be successful and similar to a family.
Alongside the joy and
satisfaction at Casa Mabel’s opening, both Phil and Rose still saw very real
poverty among the poorest of the poor in
Another sad visit
was to a man who had lost his family through alcohol abuse (which he had
overcome thanks to FI’s help) but now dying of lung cancer, he was frightened
of dying alone with no family to bury him.
One man urgently in
need of hernia surgery proudly showed his bike made up with parts from 4
different bikes, but it gave him independence.
The most distressing visit was to Saceini to a small
community Mustard Seed has repeatedly tried to assist, only to have what was
given sold for alcohol and cigarettes while the children never went to school
and ran around barefoot, etc. Now the building they had been squatting in had
been sold and they came to Mustard Seed for help.
Rose and Phil
agree, “It was tough, really tough to say ‘No we will not help, you had your
opportunities’. We have invested in them, they have had numerous chances and
blown them all. Thankfully it is summer as these people do face living on the
streets from June 20th. We
feel so sorry for the children – there must be almost a dozen of them all
primary school age. We just hope and
pray that our refusal to help in this crisis will make the adults take some
action to help themselves. If we see they are genuinely trying to take responsibility
we will re-consider helping for the children’s sake”.
Mustard Seed has raised half the amount needed but as recent medical
test results on his liver were not good, this money has been sent over for Nelu
to begin the year’s course of Interferon treatment immediately. We
need to raise a further £5000 by November – any offers of help will be much
appreciated! Please remember Nelu in your prayers.