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Reaching Out To Romania!

JOY began working in Romania in response to pictures of thousands of needy orphaned children suddenly seen after the revolution at the end of 1989. Over the years, we have helped to set up self help groups for needy people, through determined Romanians, who wanted to somehow help in the many desperate situations of hunger, medical and physical need.

Group of children Two boys

Thus in Targu Mures, central Transylvania, we encouraged Dr Maria Petho in her work to help handicapped youngsters, and helped to set up and buy a day care centre and so "Clever Hands" began. We helped Doctor Judit Finna begin her home care work for the hundreds of needy, elderly, sick in her area, and this became the charity and clinic: "Medicare". We helped Dr Iren Nagy to set up rehabilitation for the many physically disabled people who came to her ill equipped hospital for help, and out of this was born the "Rheumcare" centre. We supported Father Paul in his efforts to provide for abandoned children, and so began the five little homes of the "Elisabeth Foundation"; and, further west in Cluj, we supported Drs Lehel and Enniko Csergo to set up clinics and care for the needy sick in isolated villages, and "Solatium" came into being. Solatium has since closed.

Disabled man in bed Man on street

There is now some little government help, but it is insufficient for these groups to be independent yet (which is our aim), and this aim has receded with the credit crunch! It is a fact that pensioners receive as little as �4 per month pension, and food costs as much as it does here (or more!)- inflation, corruption, and economic difficulties mean that life is very hard; severe cold in winter (with temperatures down almost minus 40 degrees) and hunger, sickness and pain without the means of relief are common among the destitute people that our lovely Romanian friends seek to succour with our help...

Man in bed Woman being helped
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