Asociatia Bunul Samaritean
•Our charity is based in the village of Nicoresti, in the Galati County. It is 15km from the nearest town and 90km from the city of Galati. There used to be an orphanage in the village with 100 abandoned disabled babies, which were the reason we started our charity here. Conditions in the orphanage were horrific, abuse and neglect were commonplace. Since 2003 we have a loving, permanent home for 16 of those disabled children (now adults).
•The children in our village face several different problems. Many parents (who were often teenagers themselves when they became parents) move abroad looking for jobs, often leaving their children with elderly grandparents or neighbours. Many parents are illiterate so are unable to help their children with their homework. There are families with 7,8 or more children and the elder children are kept home from school to help with the little ones, or to go to work in the fields. Schools in rural areas also face real problems with funding, equipment and attracting qualified teachers. We set up a Day Centre to tackle the problem of education for our youngsters. They have a safe, loving place to do their homework, have dinner and play. We run workshops offering them different skills for their future and also encourage them to become active members of the community.
•The teenagers face even more problems; the local school finishes after 8 classes and many parents cannot afford to send their children to high-school in the next town. Those that don’t go to high-school have little to do and are very vulnerable to negative influences. We set up a project to help keep these youngsters in school and even university. We sponsor them and offer them counselling to help them tackle any problems early on. We also encourage them to volunteer with our residents or Day Centre children thus giving them a sense of pride and responsibility.
•Live for our elderly is also very tough. Pensions are minimal, and many cannot afford the trip to town to visit the doctor, or to buy the medicines. Hospital treatment is supposed to be free, but it rarely is. Many pensioners live alone and have families living abroad. We’ve met many that are bedbound and spend the day lying in bed, in pain „waiting to die”. We find carers for the elderly, help them with medical care and encourage those that can to volunteer in our day centre, building a nice relationship between the generations!
•From the beginning it was clear that poverty is a problem; many families live in overcrowded homes, without running water or indoor bathroom facilities. There are still homes without electricity and horse and carts are commonplace. Unemployment is very high and common problems include alcoholism, domestic violence, teenage pregnancies and delinquent behaviour. We support people in a number of different ways; material donations, house builds, medical bills, transport to hospital, parenting courses etc
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