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This year of 2006 so far has been one of the most encouraging for us in Mustard Seed as we have seen the success of 2 new projects/programmes and celebrated the on-going success of our most long-standing project.
As at the end of
October 2006, we have sent 3 lorries of humanitarian
aid (36 tonnes) so far this year to
are many opportunities and improvements in
Statistics show that the poorest group in Romanian society is now the pensioners. Thanks to the on-going input from western charities, abandoned children are no longer the most at risk. Statistics show it is pensioners who are most vulnerable – especially if they have no income other than their state pension. Over 30 pensioners benefited last year when we launched our ADOPT A GRANNY for the winter appeal. We now have approximately 20 vulnerable “grannies” or “grandpas” who are permanently “adopted” and receive help throughout the year and a further 24 who have been adopted for this winter. We are told by social workers that in several cases this support literally made the difference between life and death for the pensioner, especially in the bitterly cold winter.
Our 2 projects
that offer greatest hope for the future involve provision of training for young
people leaving the state orphanages; sadly they are usually inadequately
prepared for life. It was in 1999 we first supported an apartment for 4 young
women, who had just left the state orphanage system and were homeless sleeping
under a bridge in
The development of our family group hostel for homeless boys in Cefa is a big success, challenging but very rewarding. Our next goal is to set up a business on the site to provide employment and to enable the hostel to become self-supporting.
Mustard Seed’s motto “Your help makes a difference”