The trip down arriving Saturday 23rd 2009
We have arrived here safely to a most wonderful welcome from the girls
at Cefa – or should I say young women as they all either in their twenties or
thirties and have been in our sponsored apartment, under the watchful eyes of
Rodi and Alex Stroie since they found themselves with nowhere to go after
leaving the state orphanages, various lengths of time ago. As costs rocketed up
and the financial crisis began to affect the factories where the girls work
(resulting in cuts in hours) it literally became an impossibility to make ends
meet as they are paid only the minimum wage when they work a full week. So they
have moved out here to the
We met up with David and Angela at St Malo. It was good to see them and
see how enthusiastic and impressed Angela was by the trip to
For us it was an uneventful trip down, with no crises or problems. The
worst problem in
On arriving in
On arriving in Cefa we had a fabulous welcome from the girls – especially Flori. We knew Alex and Rodi would not be there as they had a funeral at Alex’s other church in the opposite direction – it seems to involve 2 services – one tonight and one tomorrow which I think is the actual funeral. But Rodi had prepared some delicious soup and Flori had done a macaroni dish – all very nice. The only down side was when Flori offered us something which sounded like a dessert to me so I said Yes – only to find it was some rather chewy and (in my opinion) not very pleasant sausages!
We were AMAZED and DELIGHTED at the progress with the pensioners’ home.
It is ready now. The 6 girls live upstairs – Maria works at the factory down
the road at Inand making clothes; Mariana, Estera and Elisa work in
So far no pensioners have moved in – two will move in immediately after the official opening on Saturday (a week today). They are 2 ladies in need. There are various legal requirements and agreements to be arranged and completed before we can officially take in any needy pensioners – but they should be finished this week. Alex explained that to have responsibility for the elderly (with the greater risk and even expectation of death) is far more complicated legally than the programme with the young people, but that paperwork is well underway, though he wanted to discuss it with me before finalising it.
Phil and I are both amazed at how well done the pensioners home is and what a lovely place it is. The communal area downstairs is magnificent and huge. Also down stairs are 3 en suite double bedrooms (for the Romanians the preference is to share a room). Upstairs there are 5 double bedrooms with a bathroom block very close by and an open communal area. I cannot begin to say how impressed and pleased and proud I am.