Stefan Ciobanu RIP
1967 - 2005
It is with immense sadness that we announce the death
of our friend and colleague Dr Stefan Ciobanu
of our partner charity in Romania Fundatia
de Sprijin Comunitar (FSC). Stefan died in
a car accident in Pitesti, near Brasov on 7/10/05.
He was driving to visit and help a sick relative -
a typical act of kindness - with his brother-in-law,
when they were hit head-on by a van. Stefan's brother-in-law,
Ovidiu Munteanu, also died.
Stefan was just 38 years old. He leaves
behind a devoted wife, Ioana and son,
Cosmin, who is 16. They were an extremely
close family. He was a very good father.
Stefan joined us in 1997 as doctor with
the Mobile Health Progamme in Bacau. He went on to start
up and co-ordinate the Home Care of the Elderly Programme
which he ran to an amazingly high standard, despite
the lack of resources that are available in rural Romania.
Just last week Stefan sent us a report saying that the
National Accreditation Commission had visited
the project and remarked that the work was "unique
in Romania as regards standards and dedication to the
beneficiaries". This could well apply
to Stefan himself - always devoted and dedicated to
the good of the people served by FSC.
Stefan went on to become Executive Director
of FSC. He campaigned tirelessly for good working partnerships
with local and national authorities, other NGO's and
local businesses. He was very proud that FSC were the
first NGO in the region to become registered by national
government departments as an accredited service
provider. Stefan recently coordinated relief
efforts for flood victims in the north east.
Stefan will be enormously missed by
his loving family, by all his colleagues at FSC and
the Relief Fund for Romania and by the thousands of
beneficiaries who benefited from his personal intervention.
He was a gentle, honourable and very kind soul with
a lovely sense of fun. He remained calm and friendly
at all times, notably when under pressure.
We can only be thankful that Stefan
had such a productive, unselfish life. His kindness,
patience and help for the less fortunate marked him
out as an exceptional person.
His work will have untold good results in the future.
This is a blow not only for our partners, FSC, but the
entire charity sector in Romania - in which Stefan -
already highly regarded - was clearly going to be a
major force for the good in the future.
If any one would like to make a donation
for Stefan's family, including his sister, Magda,
who has been doubly bereaved and is left on her own
with a 12 year old son, you can do so here.
Please let us know your donation is in Stefan's memory
May he rest in peace
Charity Worker; Family Man; Friend
to the poor and needy