BASIS PROJECT RESTORES DIGNITY TO COUPLE WITHOUT WORK
Since Arpad and Maria are still a few years away from qualifying for a state pension, life is tough for them. Arpad is partially sighted while Maria suffers from heart disease, health problems that make them unattractive to employers where they live, on the outskirts of Cluj, Romania.
The couple’s only income is social welfare equivalent to £26 per month. For them, a monthly supply of basic foodstuffs (worth about £14) from Blythswood Care’s Basis Project is a lifesaver.
And last winter the single-roomed shack which they call home was transformed with sponsorship from a Blythswood supporter, providing insulation and a solid fuel stove.
“Older workers were trained under communism for industries that are now long gone,” observes Bogdan Arsene, project officer with Blythswood Care in Cluj. “It is exceptionally hard for people of their age group to find work today.
“Blythswood is really a beacon of hope to this couple as they do not yet qualify for a pension and they have no family to help them. The improvements to their home have helped restore to them some dignity.”
Photo above: Maria and Arpad pictured in January 2016, just after improvements had been made to their simple home