In the 36th week of implementation of the project "Humanitarian Support COVID-19", the ADRA team reached 602 people of which: 348 are adults are fighting to ensure decent living conditions; 150 are single elderly people with acute subsistence need; 100 are children from disadvantaged backgrounds, but who have exceptional academic results; and 4 are victims of domestic violence.
Therefore, in the week of November 08–14, the ADRA project “Humanitarian Support COVID-19” actualized the specialized services adapted to the specific needs generated or accentuated by the COVID-19 context for 602 beneficiaries, as follows: 583 people received basic food for a decent living, to be able to get through these days of crisis more easily, of which 75 received a hot meal at home, every day; 10 people received help through shelter provided; 9 people benefited from social assistance and psychological counseling for the crisis.
“Following the official opening of the Educational Center, ADRA's activity [among] immigrant families has mostly moved here,” said Mihai Brașov, Assistant Volunteer Manager and Project Coordinator for "Hope for Immigrants", at ADRA Romania. “There are 12 classes of a minimum of 8, maximum of 12 beneficiaries, which work at least weekly training students in the field of Romanian, English, [and] Arabic languages, music, tailoring, barbering, and skincare. I am preparing for the next few weeks of programming and nature exploration courses. Since schools met online due to the pandemic, the number of students has halved. The ladies have to stay home with the children, and it is difficult for them to participate. We hope for a relaxation of this situation,” concluded Brasov.
“ADRA Romania's activity in Southern Transylvania, during the state of alert, takes place under the same conditions,” said Vasilica Mettler, Assistant Volunteer Manager and Project Coordinator for Southern Transylvania, at ADRA Romania. “People are no longer as panicked as at the beginning of the pandemic. But the truth is that some people are thinking about what the future will be like. We are trying to complete the construction projects so that the families can move into their new houses. We also think of disadvantaged people who will freeze in the cold if we do not help them with firewood. Winter is approaching and they will need thick clothes and shoes. Children are used to receiving gifts, so we [want] to make them happy by sharing packages, through the project "Children help children". We pray that these times of crisis do not bring a crisis of soul among the population and that people [will] be united, to remember that others have even less, being on the verge of poverty. In the Holy Scriptures, we have the example of the poor woman who gave her last penny,” shared Mettler.
Within the project “Humanitarian support COVID-19”, specially created for the current situation, ADRA Romania aims to reduce the risks generated by the COVID-19 virus among the population. This objective is achieved by promoting prevention measures and socio-economic adaptability and by ensuring the provision of needed commodities to maintain safety.
Since 1990, ADRA Romania has been involved in special projects to provide care for beneficiaries in the whole country. Leading its project under the motto “Justice. Compassion. Love.”, through which a better value and human dignity are promoted for the future, ADRA Romania brings joy and hope to elderly beneficiaries. As the provider of accredited social services, ADRA Romania is a part of the ADRA International network, the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of the most wide-spread non-governmental organizations in the world. The network is active in more than 130 countries and projects are implemented under the philosophy that caring combines compassion with the practical spirit by addressing people in need, without them being of a particular race, ethnicity, political orientation, or religion, just to provide a human service so that the world can coexist as planned.