Humanitarian Appel: Oana Speranta Stoica – the young woman whose skin and bones are ravaged by rare disease
“I attempted to kill myself several times. But I was unable to…”, Oana confessed to us when we visited her. Oana is the adoptive mother of two children and she wants to live, although she is fighting a terrible disease called Dystrophic Bullous Epidermolysis. It is hard to put into words what I witnessed with my own eyes and the manner in which this disease shattered Oana’s body and bones. It is a rare illness which literally “eats” her skin, bones, teeth and covers the body of this mother with numerous open wounds which cause her permanent and terrible pain. This disease left Oana without fingers and palms. In order to be able to overcome the pain caused by the open wounds (which will never heal), Oana takes painkillers every day, the result being that these do not produce the desired effect anymore, as her body became accustomed to them over the course of time. Oana is aware that her illness will never be cured. Despite this setback, Oana hopes that she will find kind people who will help her at least improve her situation in order to be able to financially sustain the monthly costs of the treatment – dressings, ointments, vitamins – which amount to 1650 lei/ month. Her monthly disability pension is only of 390 lei. Oana’s family has always been there for her. Oana Stoica was born with Bullous Epidermolysis, a genetic disease for which almost no sollution was found yet, which began to manifest when she was six years old. Her parents were forced to sell their appartment in Bucharest and they moved to Zlatna, Alba county, in order to be able to pay the 12 surgeries she has already went through, which, by the way, brought no improvement to her state. They have no more money left and now they live from the pension that her parents receive from the State, from the money that her husband manages to earn as a labourer and from her modest disability pension.
Second Video with Oana, from May 2016
First video with Oana, Octomber 2015
Alina, Giorgiana, Andreea and Elena are 4 orphan sisters by both parents. First who died was their father. Being a widow, without any income and support from somebody, the mother of the girls moved from Moldova (Romania’s eastern side) to Sepreus commune, Arad county (west of Romania), in order to find a job. Unfortunately, the mother of the girls suffered a hard disease that in time was aggravated and soon she died. The 4 girls remained orphans, having no relatives. They’re going to be separated to various orphanages depending on their age. Fortunately for them, Valentin Horga, a christian young man from Sepreus commune, together with his mother, decided to take care of them. Valentin knows what means to be an orphan, because he also remained orphan by his father when he had 2 years old. Unfortunately, he has no accommodation options for those 4 sisters, so our humanitarian association with the help of our sponsors and donators, has prepared a house with decent housing two years ago. Unfortunately Valentin’s financial resources are limited, targeted to the urgent needs of girls, like food and livelihood. The 4 orphan girls, need school supplies and shoes, now at the beginning of a new school year from Romania. We make a call to all those who can and want to help these 4 orphan girls, with school supplies or funds in order to buy the school supplies. Also, the girls need shoes for the school. READ MORE…
Timeea Asanache is 15 years old and was diagnosed in Autumn 2014 with terminal cancer, even though there were no signs to reveal the disease. The Asanache family is struggling to obtain the financial resources needed to offer their little girl the best treatment against cancer. The doctors in Romania cannot do anything for Timeea, therefore, her only chance is the treatment she can get out of the country. The amount that Timeea needs is extremely big. That’s why the Asanache family had tried everything in order to get the financial resources needed for Timeea’s treatment. Her case was posted on many blogs and websites, it was also presented on Antena 3, and fortunately, a big chunk of the sum required for the treatment had been gathered. Timeea had started the treatment in Italy but it seems that chances here aren’t too big for her either. A glimpse of hope had come from a clinic from USA but the costs rise up to 250 000$, without transport, shelter, food, etc. for Timeea’s parents that have to be with her all the time. The humanitarian association “Misiunea Speranta pentru Romania” is by this family’s side that is going through such hard times. Our association had donated, with your help, the sum of 1000 lei until this moment. Also, we will continue to often support Timeea, keeping in touch with their parents. We wish that Timeea would get healthy and become strong to endure everything that she goes through. READ MORE…
Christian Charity – 20 Poor and orphan children have received consistent groceries packages for Easter holidays
Orphan children and children that come from poor families are, lately, more and more often brought to our attention. Though we are not a very big humanitarian association, we try, with your help, our sponsors and donators, to come in help of as many children as possible. The needs of these children are many and big that is why our association is focusing it’s effort on their greatest needs. Since these children come from poor families, their greatest need is food, clothing/shoes and school items. We organize food or funds for food that we offer to the orphan children or children that come from very poor families. Also, every year when the school starts, we do assisting activities for school items for those children. Now, on Easter holidays, our association organized a humanitarian aiding campaign with groceries for orphan and poor children. Therefore, with your help, our sponsors and donators, 20 children from the following counties: Arad, Caras-Severin and Timis, have received consistent packs with food from us, for Easter. We wanted to make sure that Easter holiday will be a moment of joy in which their tables would be full of their required food. In the name of these children, we thank for your help and partnership.
The prisoners of Oradea’s Penitentiary have given away their bread to the homeless old people on Easter holiday
Besides the religious aspect, the Easter holiday is an opportunity to help a neighbor in need, that everyone has. Unfortunately, there are still many disfavored social categories that are in need of our help, like: homeless old men, homeless children, orphan children, widowed mothers, poor families with many children, etc. Since 2011, our humanitarian association “Misiunea Speranta pentru Romania” organizes humanitarian aid campaigns on Easter holidays, paying special attention to homeless old people. This year’s Easter aiding campaign was a special one for us. We have 60 homeless old people in our attention, belonging to 2 homeless shelters for old people that we wished to support with consistent groceries packages in order “to have something to put on the table” for the Easter holidays. The prisoners of Oradea’s Penitentiary have answered our call. They have given up their bread ration to the 60 old homeless people that we wanted to help. Moreover, the prisoners have gathered and donated the sum of 750 lei for the purchase of groceries for the same old homeless people. This way, those 60 people have received enough groceries to enjoy a quiet Easter holidays. Even if most of us look upon the prisoners with prejudices, their deed must make us think more about it and it deserves to be taken as example. Everyone would have thought of them to be the last to participate to this campaign but it turned out that they were the first. We thank them in the name of the 60 old people that have received the prisoners’ from Oradea’s Penitentiary aid. We wish that God will reward their effort for the sake of those in need.
Each year, on the Pascal holidays, the humanitarian association “Misiunea Speranta pentru Romania” offers a hot meal to the homeless children of Bucharest that live in sewers. This is one of the projects that we have on our heart and that we organize since 2007 a few times per year with your help, our sponsors and donators. Orphan children, abandoned children, children that have fled their home because of their drunk and violent parents, children whose childhood has been was stolen, children that do not know what does the love or a mother, or the care of a father means, those are and were receiving a hot meal on the Easter holidays. A hot Easter mean is not a big of a deal in comparison with the needs of those homeless children, that are so big. But our help that is repeating several times per year with your help represents our love and affection for those children. Whoever stops at least 10 minutes from this rioting life to listen to the story of a child raised on the street cannot be not touched by the drama that those children have been through and probably will go through for the rest of their lives. Seen from the outside, our Easter hot meal support may look so tiny, so insignificant. But our hearts, the ones that are a part of it, as in the hearts of those homeless children, this little help matters so much that there are not enough words to be expressed in. We thank in the name of those children and in the name of the “Misiunea Speranta pentru Romania” association for your help, the ones that have made it possible for these homeless children to receive a hot meal on Easter.
Mrs. Adriana lives in Oravita town, Caras Severin county and is a lone mother with 4 children. She has no job and she lives together with her kids only out of her children’s allowance and social help. Most of the times, this family eats at a canteen in town. From time to time, she finds a job cleaning the block’s stairs. Only out of the children allowance and social help it is impossible to Adriana to buy their needed firewood for Winter. Our association knows this family since 2013, when they urgently needed a stove for fire that they could cook on and get heat from on Winter. In 2013’s Winter, we’ve managed to buy a new stove and their required firewood, with the help of our sponsors and donors. Now, due to the Winter’s Holidays in 2014, this family needed our help for firewood and groceries. With the help of our sponsors, we’ve managed to offer this children all the firewood they needed and 2 consistent grocery packages. Thanks to you, our sponsors and donors, these children will not be required to endure cold this Winter, allowing them to enjoy heat and Winter Holiday’s magic. Along the firewood and groceries, this family’s bread has been paid for 1 month. We thank all those that have helped this lone mother with 4 children due to Winter Holidays!
Mrs. Paraschiva lives in Lapusnicul Mate village, Caras Severin county. 13 years ago, her old home was destroyed in a fire. People from around the village and the local town hall had raised a small home for her and our association had finished it in the Summer of 2007 with the help of our donors and volunteers. The people in the village have only praising words to say about her. She is taking care of her little nephew that was left with her every since being little. Even though she’s pretty old and she has health issues, issues with her left foot, she is working in the village paid by day, raises 15 sheep and has birds in her yard and she’s cultivating her yard. Unfortunately, she has no pension. Therefore, she has to be able to sustain monthly with the social help of 140 lei. We’ve recently discovered that Mrs. Paraschiva’s stove is very old, it’s got cracks in it and it no longer produces heat. Also, we have found that the bed she’s sleeping on is very old, it’s placed on rocks and the springs have come out. In order to sleep well, Mrs. Paraschiva has put many clothes on the bed so the springs would not bother her. When we arrived to her place, the Winter was ready to come. We’ve found her cutting some firewood, the only ones she had left. From the social help of 140 lei/month she would not have been able to afford buying her required firewood a new stove that she would be able to cook on or get heat from, or a new bed. Thanks to your help, Mrs. Paraschiva, had received a new stove, a new bed, firewood for the whole Winter, a consistent pack of groceries and her bread had been paid for one month. Thanks to your help, Mrs. Paraschiva and her little nephew had been able to enjoy heat in their home on Holidays. Because you’ve open up your heart and felt together with the people in need, we thank you!
SEE VIDEO – A poor family that lives in a barrack had received firewood, groceries and bread for the Holidays
When you look at Mircea’s face, you see sadness. You can hardly get a smile from him. After his sister died ran over by a train, he was taken to a foster house, where he spent most of his childhood. Now that he became a grown man, he managed to get a job in tailoring, which allowed him to live in a rented flat in Craiova. In 2003 he lost his job and he had become homeless. Having no place to live, he eventually found an abandoned barrack at the edge of Craiova with 4 concrete walls and no roof. Together with his wife, he had covered the barrack with cotton, nylon and stones, so that their improvised roof would not be taken away by the wind. Moreover, they’ve raised a little improvised room near the concrete barrack. At the moment, both Mircea and his wife lack a stable job. They earn their existence working by day whenever they can find anything to work. Because of the environment that they live in, Mircea caught a cold on his lungs and had to retire. In 2011 however, when the massive cut of pensions took place, his
Every year, our humanitarian association organizes and offers a hot meal for hopeless children, on Winter Holidays. We’ve got approximately 120 children and homeless people in our attention: North Train Station, Grozavesti and Regie of Bucharest. Most of them have been living on the streets for years, finding shelter in abandoned houses or sewers in the locations that we’ve said above. Most of them are dealing with health issues because of the environment that they live in. Others, because of lack of education, lack of family, etc, have fallen under the “net” of drugs. Another category that we know, has managed to integrate into the society. Even thought they live in sewers, they have a job at the public market or at car washes. The thing that all these homeless children have in common is: torn apart families and/or destroyed by alcohol. Unfortunately, we, as a society, cannot do too much for these homeless children. Their needs are way bigger and deeper than a hot meal and they overwhelm us. But what we can do for them, we do it with joy. Every time we get the chance, with your help, our sponsors and donors, we offer, especially on Holidays, a hot meal to those children living in the sewers. Starting from 2007, we’re visiting these children on Winter Holidays every year. We have managed to get closer to some, to become friends with them, to know them and counsel them. We wish that this little deed the we are doing, with your help, to be a big one in their soul, so they would feel, where they are and in the situation that they are in, the beauty and magic of Winter Holidays. READ MORE…
Every year, due to Winter Holidays, our humanitarian association is doing charity grocery help events for poor families: homeless old people, homeless children, lone and disabled old people, orphan children, widowed mothers, families with lots of children, etc. This event is taking place especially in the following counties: Bihor, Timis, Arad, Hunedoara and Caras Severin. This year, this even was extended in Dolj and Arges counties as well. In Arad county we’ve helped especially orphan children and homeless old people. In Bihor county, over 30 homeless old people had received groceries from us. In Timis county, families with lots of children have received groceries. In Caras Severin county, our attention was focused especially on old and disabled old people. In Hunedoara county we’ve helped handicapped people. In Arges county there was a poor family with no income that has been helped. In Dolj family we’ve helped a poor family with no home that lives in a barrack at the edge of Craiova. In bucharest, approximately 120 children and homeless people had received groceries and a hot meal from us. Roughly around 400 people had received groceries from us due to Winter Holidays. In the item above we present you the thanking messages from those that have been helped. READ MORE…
In Misca village, Arad county, 8 old homeless people are receiving shelter, care and food from a family with a big heart that is taking care of these old people. Even though it is a small old homeless people shelter, the needs are big here as well. This organization has a humanitarian purpose, a big part of it needs our support to keep on going in optimal conditions. With your help, our sponsors and donors, we have offered those 8 old homeless people from this shelter consistent groceries packages and we’ve paid their bread for one month. Since this was our first collaboration with a homeless people shelter, we wrote done the needs that they are going to have next. We wish that in the time coming we could more active here and succeed in supporting as much as we can with groceries, which is their biggest need.
Our humanitarian association is supporting two shelters for old homeless people from Batar village, Bihor county and Cermei village, Arad county. In these 2 shelters, over 50 old homeless people are receiving food, shelter, care and the love of a family, from Tanase family. These 2 shelters have a humanitarian character, being the home for homeless old people that have no home or any kind of support from their families. All this activity for the old homeless people is taking place with the donations and sponsorships, without any tax for the ones receiving the support. For this reason, with your help, our sponsors and donors, our association is supporting this little organization of humanitarian help of Tanase’s family, who is helping the old homeless people. The biggest need here are groceries and bread. It is not easy to offer 3 meals a day for 50 people and take care of the administrative needs like: firewood, medicines, diapers for paralyzed old people, etc, with only donations and sponsorships. Due to the Winter Holidays, with your help, our sponsors and donors, we have managed to support those 2 shelters, once more, with a big amount of groceries and bread for one month. Those two shelters had received all the basic items they need for food: flour, oil, rice, beans, noodles, butter, cakes, sugar, etc. Thank you, those that made this humanitarian aid possible! READ MORE…
Mr. Ghergar is a lone helpless old man in Vidra village, Bihor county. He is over 80 years old and hardly moving. He’s got a small pension and the most part of it is being spent on medicine. Mr. Ghergar is under our humanitarian association’s attention since 2007. At the beginning of the Winter we’ve found that the stove that he had was old, cracked it only produced heat as long as you kept burning wood. Also, Mr. Ghergar had no firewood. He could not afford them with his small pension. Starting with 2007, his firewood is being bought by our humanitarian association. Thanks to our call, with the help of our sponsors and donors, Mr. Ghergar had received a new terracotta stove
Christian Aid – A poor family with 13 children had received 11 goats on Holidays for developing a micro-farm
One of the objectives that our humanitarian association is to identify and help the poor families to escape poverty through work, helping them develop a permanent source of income, this way they will no longer be depending on humanitarian aid. In Jamu Mare town, Timis county, we have identified Kis family. It’s a big family with 13 children. Their economic situation had gotten worse a few years ago when Mr. Kis Iosif, the father of those 13 children, had ended up with a paralyzed arm after he had saved a boy from death when they were working in a construction site. In that same year, their horse and cow died, which were their only sources of income that they had left after the tragic accident. Their economies had been spend in hospitals and eventually, they all had to start working anywhere within the village so that they would be able to cover the expenses that they had. Their biggest wish is that they would have a horse and a cow so they could take care of the land that they had. In the Spring of 2014, our association, with the help of our sponsors and donors, had bought Kis’ family a horse and a cow. Immediately, their situation has started to change. The older boys were working throughout the village because they were requested that they would use their horse to carry cereals, wheat, or wood. The cow is providing their milk consumption and they still have some extra milk that they are selling. Both the horse and the cow were bought pregnant, and in only a few months, the horse and the cow had “multiplied”. Someone from Arad county had personally came and offered Kis’ family a gift: another cow that is now pregnant as well. Due to the Winter Holidays, our association had decided that Kis’ family will be supported with goats for the developing of a little animal farm that would provide them a constant, permanent income and food. Thanks to our call, with the help of our sponsors we have managed to buy 11 goats for the Holidays, all of them pregnant.
Each year, on the Pascal holidays, the humanitarian association “Misiunea Speranta pentru Romania” offers a hot meal to the homeless children of Bucharest that live in sewers. This is one of the projects that we have on our heart and that we organize since 2007 a few times per year with your help, our sponsors and donators. Orphan children, abandoned children, children that have fled their home because of their drunk and violent parents, children whose childhood has been was stolen, children that do not know what does the love or a mother, or the care of a father means, those are and were receiving a hot meal on the Easter holidays. A hot Easter mean is not a big of a deal in comparison with the needs of those homeless children, that are so big. But our help that is repeating several times per year with your help represents our love and affection for those children. Whoever stops at least 10 minutes from this rioting life to listen to the story of a child raised on the street cannot be not touched by the drama that those children have been through and probably will go through for the rest of their lives. Seen from the outside, our Easter hot meal support may look so tiny, so insignificant. But our hearts, the ones that are a part of it, as in the hearts of those homeless children, this little help matters so much that there are not enough words to be expressed in. We thank in the name of those children and in the name of the “Misiunea Speranta pentru Romania” association for your help, the ones that have made it possible for these homeless children to receive a hot meal on Easter. READ MORE…
Mrs. Marioara lives in Bradisorul de Jos village, Caras Severin county. She is a lone, ill lady that has no one that would take care of her. Neither children nor nephews. In her loneliness, 2 cats and 2 dogs are his company that she’s taking care of. Mrs. Marioara has a very small pension, and most of it is spent on medicine. Most of the times she manages to survive from month to month by her neighbors’ money that are being borrowed. Because of this, it is impossible for her to get her firewood for this Winter just from her small pension. We know Mrs. Marioara since 2007. Ever since, every year with your help, our sponsors and donors, we’ve managed to help her with her firewood and groceries. Last year, 2013, Mrs. Marioara needed a new stove so that she could get warm and she would have something to cook on. With the help of our sponsors we’ve managed to help her with the stove that she so much needed. Due to this year’s Winter Holidays, Mrs. Marioara had, again, received from us the firewood that she needed, a consistent package of groceries and her bread was paid for 1 month. We thank all those that made this humanitarian aid possible!
Swizen is a young man from Uganda which is studying medicine at “Victor Babes” Medicine University of Timisoara. He came in Romania in 2010 with a wish to study medicine and become a cardiologist. He left Uganda after he found that there is no scholarship fee for studying medicine and health sciences and he would be able to work for 7 Euros per hour. His plane ticket was bought by his father after he sold his cows, their family’s only source of income (In Uganda, at the countryside, your wealth is represented by the number of cows that you own). His dream to become a cardiologist doctor when he got to Romania and he found that he had to pay 3200 Euros scholarship fee, and that he could not work like he’s been told and he believed. In desperation, he called his father that eventually sold a house that he had inherited and sent the 3200 Euros so that Swizen could pay his first year of studies. But even so, he had no money for food or shelter. A young student from, with a big heart, from Oravita, Caras Severin county, offered him a place to stay, food, and introduced him to his friends and family. After his first year of studies had finished, our association found him working at a cow farm in Oravita, Caras Severin county. Swizen had forsaken any thought of pursuing his dream, believing that he would be a Romanian cowboy. But the farms’ owners have seen in Swizen a valuable boy, they said he’s “too responsible, too intelligent and too serious that he would stay and make a living out of cows”. We’ve met Swizen on a field, taking care of cows, being called by the farm’s owners that would have wanted to see him at school, not with the cows. READ MORE…