Here's our latest
Trustees' report - for the year to March 2009
The trustees report is written for our auditors to
explain our activities formally. It is included in the accounts.
Please note. In
case you think these are outdated: our latest audited accounts are
for the year 2008 / 2009.
We will submit
the next accounts (09/10) in January 2011
THE RELIEF FUND FOR ROMANIA LTD
REPORT FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2009
The members of the trustees, who are the trustee directors of the
Relief Fund for Romania Limited present their report and the audited
financial statements for the year ended 31st March 2009 .
WHO ARE WE?
We are a British charity, based in the UK, that raises funds and
spends them in Romania.
We have 2 full time charity staff and about 30 charity shop staff.
At any one time, we are paying for the salaries of 30 - 40 charity
workers in Romania.
All our trustees are Romanian.
We were formed by prominent Romanian exiles resident in the UK
in 1989 after the collapse of the dictatorship and were instrumental
in publicising the appalling plight of orphans and others in need.
We played a major part in coordinating the enormous aid response
from all over the UK and transported huge quantities of emergency
supplies. We helped to network many independent aid efforts. In
recent years we have set up and run various long-term sustainable
WHAT WE DO
We support various charity projects helping the children,
the sick, the elderly and other groups in need in Romania.
We do this by providing financial and material aid, promoting awareness
and funding the training of suitable Romanian professionals throughout
We mainly fund those Romanian charities with whom
we work closely on long-term community based projects. Occasionally
we fund charity projects run by independent Romanian groups ie with
whom we aren’t so closely involved. In these instances we
ensure tight financial controls are in place and monitor the work
with regular reports and visits.
We maintain a role of close involvement, advocacy, support and
evaluation of all operations we fund. All organisations submit quarterly
financial and project reports and we visit the projects
REVIEW OF ACTIVITIES APRIL 2008– MARCH 2009
During 2008/2009, we continued to develop our work with the most
disadvantaged in Romania.
We continued to focus on enabling the Romanian NGO sector to develop
effective programmes of social support that can be contracted by
the state. In a country where few services are established and in
a climate of institution closure, we see this as vitally important
for Romania’s future.
M.S.Curie Hospital Bucharest
/ aka The Budimex. Our long standing association with this hospital
continues. We employ a psychologist to run a play therapy and educational
program with the children on the Surgical Unit / First Floor. Besides
providing toys, games, stationary and books the psychologist provides
counseling to the parents and children before and after surgical
In addition we also provide ad hoc funding to other parts of the
hospital and help to the medical staff – notably for training
We continued our support of FAST,
a very worthwhile charity based in Brasov, by funding their core
admin costs (ie salaries and office costs) of around £7000.
We continued the development of the Impreuna
initiative: This offshoot to our long standing Impart
programme, is the national Community Arts Network
which exists to bring together both practitioners and beneficiaries
who are involved in Community Arts
for people with special needs.
The network consists of several hundred members
from Romania and abroad, professionals working in various fields:
educators, psychologists, carers, doctors, nurses, and teachers
specializing in children with special needs.
Also in the field of special needs
we continued our funding of the Mental Health charity Estuar’s
“Cooking Time” project in Bucharest.
Estuar is the leading mental health charity in Romania which focuses
on provided sheltered housing and day care for the mentally ill.
The Cooking Time Project" at Estuar's Day Centre provides a
hot meal twice a week for 45 of the centre's users with mental
health problems or disabilities. The beneficiaries
are closely involved in the preparation and cooking and so learn
new skills and to work together in a team as well as benefiting
from a nutritious and sociable occasion."
Also in the Mental Health arena, we help the adult
psychiatric institution CRRN Gasteni, Bacau
– and by association other units – in particular by
funding the artist and musician Vali Racila to
work there as the Arts and community reintegration therapist.
Vali Racila organises
arts events and in particular operates the in house broadcasting
system where the several hundred residents can watch productions
produced with great enthusiasm in their own TV studio.
This results in a great community spirit and ensures that everyone
is valued as an individual with feelings and human
The “Theatre from Gasteni”
also perform in other similar centres, particularly this year at
(CRRPH Ungureni, 'Condorul' Bacau and CRRN Vermesti.
Our main partner organisation
is Fundatia de Sprijin Comunitar
In addition to the above, many regional community projects were
funded through our main partner organisation Fundatia de Sprijin
Comunitar (Community Support Foundation), Bacau: (FSC).
We formed FSC from our existing projects and senior staff in 1997.
They are now one of the leading charities
We now only fund about 30% of their costs, the rest coming from
local authority grants and their own fundraising. However our money
covers their crucial “core costs”
– salaries, office costs etc – which sadly most funders
still do not seem to think are an essential part of running a viable
project. So we need to keep supporting them.
This year our work together directly helped just over 10,000
people through the following programmes;
Care of the Elderly sick and infirm
Health Care to Disadvantaged Rural Areas
Children’s Rescue, Refuge and Rehabilitation
combined arts therapy for children and adults in institutions and
- Emergency grants and social support for the very poor
- Mobile Pharmacy to isolated rural areas
Highlights of FSC’s activities during
2007 / 2008
FSC spent the year, as usual, acting as a model of good practice
with several successful projects in the area of social care, health
In February 2009 FSC organized the 8th Community Awards Gala and
the 4th Volunteers Gala. Both events had a great impact in the Bacau
community attracting over 250 volunteers, parents, authorities,
many local and multinational companies. It raised 13,000 Euros.
They finished the development of their new building premises in
Bacau, the “Mosaic centre” and moved in. The centre
is in a deprived area of Bacua city and is used for both admin offices
and also outreach work with local children, families at risk and
others in need.
They continued their outstanding educational work with underprivileged
children in rural areas with the Glue Clubs project and 5 summer
They organized several successful fundraising events.
FSC participated in many national and local seminars, conferences,
meetings maintaining their leadership role among Romanian NGOs.
FSC secured a significant long term grant form Innovation Norway
for specific projects in rural areas.
FSC provided services to 10,098 people with a team
of about 100 employees.
- Home care services for 998 elderly during 144,000
hours of home care
- Covered 144,000 kilometers mainly in the remote and socially deprived
Podu Turcului area providing health, social and educational services.
- 2,176 children benefited from services in clubs: hot meals, camps,
- 4,847 families benefited from health and social care
Details of charity beneficiaries
helped by our main partner FSC in 2008
|Services for elderly
||Day care Speranta-Bacau
|Home care rural areas
|Home care villages (8 locations)
Services for children
|Sticky club Bacau
|Sticky club Panu - Stanisesti
|Sticky club Godinesti - Vultureni
|Sticky club Podu Turcului
|Impart – children with handicap
|Services for families
|Mother and baby care
|Services for rural areas
||Community transport and specialist doctors
|Mobile team of specialists
|Services for youth
|Services for professionals
In addition to their regular activities
FSC also did the following during 2009:
* FSC received an award from Erste Group in Bucharest on
June 25, FSC being the first NGO in Romania
(out of 6 finalists) but the first 3 prizes went to NGOs from Serbia,
Macedonia and Kosovo at the S-E Europe .
Awards for Social Inclusion
* FSC received two special awards at the Civil Society Gala
* We organized the eight Bacau Community Awards Gala (26 February)
– event reuniting over 200
participants at the Arkadia Restaurant, representatives of the civil
and business community, and also local and
national personalities like Mona Nicolici ,CSR Manager Petrom, and
Mr Edward Parry, Director Relief Fund
* We organized Impreuna's third International Conference
on arts programs for people with special needs
“ TOGETHER THOUGH ARTS FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES”
- 10-12 September 2009 in Poiana Brasov;
* We completed the work on the new “Glue Club” in Slobozia
Noua, Stanisesti, with funding
* We organized 4 regional seminars with the Impreuna Network
* We delivered accredited training sessions to 311 people
* We processed, and printed the third edition of the guide “Work
techniques through combined arts”
in 1000 copies.
* We launched a new model: the community transport to assist elderly,
pregnant, people with
handicap, children for accessing services in our outside their communities
in 8 large communes
* We organized multiple summer activities in the villages (5 large
summer schools projects) with partners
from UK (Libra Foundation and CAST)
* We designed and printed brochures for health promotion and education
in all schools from the 10
* We designed a brochure for “parents” with useful information
and advice regarding communication,
hygiene, healthy habits, etc.to be used in the work in the villages
* We are refurbishing a large building in Motoseni which will become
a community centre to assist children, elderly and youth from an
isolated, poor area
* Thanks to the Norwegian grants we trained and employed 50 new
people from the villages as home careers, social workers, drivers
or educators, increasing the number of employees with 50%. For 80%
of these people this employment is a first time ever, it is so motivating
to see the enthusiasm and real change for better in the lives of
these simple women.
* At the end of the year we organized a general meeting and the
new colleagues introduced themselves with great pride and so much
more self confidence.
* We are very pleased with the relationship developed with the
local mayors from the villages. With few exceptions they are more
communicative, committed and engaged in dealing with the social
cases in their own communities. It is for the first time that they
communicate better among themselves at the meetings that we organise
even though they share principles of different political parties.
Developing their abilities and commitments will eventually increase
the chances of these villages to the needed change.
Please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the support
from RFFR, please convey our gratitude to all the board members,
RFFR remains our special partner and a serious one and that is reassuring
For further information see the quarterly charity
project field reports
The staff and trustees of the Relief Fund for Romania are
proud to be associated with such exemplary young Romanians and thank
all our supporter in the UK and elsewhere for helping us fund this
See last year's trustees_report for 2007 / 2008 Click here