Your gifts have helped prevent children from being taken into care. National policy in Romania is to keep children in families but this is not always possible.
The Almas family has ten children between the ages of one and 15. Their father is receiving treatment for lung cancer and is unable to work.
This leaves the family entirely dependent on the children’s allowance which equates to less than 90p per day for each child.
“The first time I visited, the eldest girl was making a packet of instant soup for their breakfast,” says Blythswood’s Basis project worker Agnes Csiszer. “The children were inadequately dressed and their parents were not there.”
Now Agnes visits the family every month, bringing a large box of staple foods such as rice, flour, sugar and cooking oil. She also brings clothes and footwear as required.
“The eldest is attending school through a government programme called Second Chance,” Agnes explains. “Their home is half-built, just a single room which they all share. There are several families in a similar situation in that village. These people are barely surviving. For them the monthly food parcel is very significant.”
The Basis project currently gives assistance to 31 families within a 50 kilometre radius of the city of Cluj.
Photo above: Your gifts help to feed this family and to prevent the children from being taken into care