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Here's our latest Trustees' report - for the year to March 2011
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 In case you think these are outdated we will submit the next accounts (2011/2012) in January 2013
May: The Impreuna Network organized a regional seminar in Bacau, we had 54 participants and we discussed about the development of the network.
May: FSC represents Romania in the European project "Trans-Care Special
- , a partnership between 9 European Countries
coordinated by Akon Services from Italy.
FSC conducted a significant national study on home care services in Romania, the results will be presented at the Transnational Conference "CARE SERVICES IN EUROPE: Learning from each other
- , which will be held in Italy.
June 2011: FSC received 3 awards in front of the most important actors of the Civil Society in Romania. (See above for details)
June: the beneficiaries of the Elderly day Centre Dr. Stefan Ciobanu celebrated 9 years from the opening of the centre. (This centre was named after Stefan Ciobanu, FSC's co-director who died tragically young).
Not so elderly
June: 75 children from poor
villages benefited from social grants and ended the school
year. We organised a nice meeting with the students and some of
The first graduate of the FSC social grants program is now a student at Medical School!
We managed to organise a real water and sewage system for The Glue Club from Panu.
They now have proper bathrooms, showers and sewerage and it is the only such system in the whole community. The children love washing their hand and flushing the toilets. ( see "before and after
- pictures below)
July-August 2011: the Summer School this year was a success. The numbers speak for themselves: 6 rural communities, 750 participating children, 37 volunteers from UK and 40 volunteers from Bacau.
Big Thanks to our partners from Libra and Life
UK for their participation and efforts.
September 2011: we organised the NGO Fest together with FDSC Bucharest.
The event reunited 20 organisations, recorded 5,000 visitors and presented 6 interesting seminars.
October 2011: we organised a strategic meeting. A delegation comprising FSC managements and the mayors of 8 local authorities and two senators went to Bucharest, to the headquarters of the Minister of Labour and Social Protection for a strategic meeting on developing social services in rural areas.
The delegation raised awareness on the need for developing and funding dedicated services (social) in rural areas.
COMMENTS ON THE ACTIVITIES
After the end of the grant we had to implement the sustainability plan that included: reduction of several job positions cuts in wages by 25% and also cuts on several expense lines.
The plan affects the beneficiaries on some scale as, for example; they receive less hours of care or less incontinence materials or cleaning stuff. We explained the situation to them and, although frustrating, it is more than nothing.
The situation is very challenging from the
management point of view, having to keep a balance between the expenses
and incomes, making sure there is enough cash.
Key indicators for the year:
FSC provided services to 12,266 people with
a team of about 95 employees.
Details of charity beneficiaries helped by our main partner FSC in 2011
|Services for elderly people||Day care Speranta-Bacau||219|
|Day care Motoseni
|Home care Bacau (City)||667|
|Home care villages (9 locations)
Services for children
|Glue Club Bacau||120|
|Glue Club Panu - Stanisesti||256|
|Sticky club Godinesti - Vultureni||104|
|Sticky club Podu Turcului||105|
|Impart – children with disabilities||140|
|Health promotion and education||1,560|
|Services for families||Social support||55|
|Mother and baby care||290|
|Services for rural areas||Community Transport||4,500|
|Services for youth||Social grant||112|
|Services for professionals||Impreuna Network||1,879|
The Financial Situation for 2012
The budget for 2012 is pretty slim and problematic as we still don't know what sources will be confirmed. We will probably know in the last days of the year or early next year.
There are big chances that we will continue to benefit from the Law 34 from the Ministry of Work and a contribution from Bacau County Council. There are other small grants in place.
With the exception of 2009 (when we knew we were going to have the Norwegian Grants) every year we have similar situations, big uncertainties on the budget of the following year.
This is why the help from the Relief Fund for Romania is so important and valuable, it helps with periods of gaps in funding or in covering expenses that are not eligible for certain grants (such as administrative costs or bank loan).
The Norwegian grants will probably be launched again later in 2012 with direct applicability in 2013. This delay is purely created by the style of the Romanian authorities that move the responsibility around or impose tons of papers.
We are prepared to apply to every possible source
even though chances look slim
Care of Elderly
Our recent research on the situation of population ageing/the need for dedicated services in Romania, looks pretty similar to our study back in 2009.
Some facts from the study:
- 15% of Romania's population is over 65 years
- In 2030 this will increase to 30% (similar
with European tendencies)
- 45% of Romania's population live in rural areas
- The total number of towns (cities and communas)
are 2,948, of which 2,685 represent rural places
- There are only 78 day centres for the elderly
in entire Romania, less than 1/town and only 36% of their costs
are covered by the state
- There are only 8 protected living projects
in entire Romania, and only 47% of their costs is covered by the
- There are only 149 residential homes for the
elderly in Romania, less than 1/town and only 19% of their costs
is covered by the state
Home care services
- are provided in only 27 counties out of 42
- only 15,600 people benefit from home care services in all of Romania
- the real need is for 1 million people
(there are 5 million people over 65 years in Romania)
- this could bring jobs to 100,000 unqualified people
- home care is 10 times cheaper than other care services
The indicators of the year for Bacau city:
TOTAL BENEFICIARIES 2011: 886
Total beneficiaries home care services:
- 87 home care
- 270 nursing care
- 71 incontinence care
Total new requests: 325
- 219 day care
- 131 socialising
- 101 physiotherapy
Integrated services in rural areas: Podu Turcului area
It is very interesting that after 20 years of Relief
Fund for Romania -FSC intervention in the villages on the East
side of the county, the poorest in Romania, we remain the only
NGO committed to make a difference.
Care of the elderly
The programme has been quite successful and needed. All the local partners made some financial contributions and would like to continue the services.
2 new communas, Rachitoasa and Colonesti would like
to become partners as well which means that the services are slowly
We had a journalist from a national newspapers visiting our programme and after the visit wrote a very good article.
Total number of beneficiaries: 932
After the end of the grant we donated the minibuses to the local communities conditioned that they continue to provide the same service. They paid all the costs and kept the activity going at about 75%.
Key Indicators for 2011 Services for rural areas / people helped
Community transport 4500
Family planning 147
Specialist doctors 97
IMPART: COMBINED ART TECHNIQUES
Key Indicators for 2011
New members 818
TOTAL members 1879
Postal addreses 1525
Emails to members 540
Phonecalls from members 130
Phonecalls to members 170
The IMPREUNA magazine - 3 issues
Research on autism 6
The IMPART TEAM
- Total number of trained people: 547
- Direct beneficiaries 265
Unfortunately one of the Impart team members, Mariana Diosteanu, left the organization to work as a special needs teacher
THE GLUE CLUBS AND MOSAIC CENTRE
KEY INDICATORS for 2011:
- 583 children attending the educational centres
- 200 parents benefited from the School for Parents
Specialized Mobile Services
- 112 Social Grants for High School Children
- 55 Social Care and Psychological Services
- 147 family planning sessions
Grand Total helped 1,097
KEY INDICATORS for 2011:
TOTAL ACTIVE VOLUNTEERS: 280
We managed to end successfully a problematic year from the financial point of view and we look ahead with hopes that life will be better again and that things will improve.
The employees are very grateful to have a job in such difficult times even though payment is so low. The beneficiaries are also grateful for all we do and we hope they understand how difficult it is for us to keep helping them.
We know how difficult it has been for the Relief Fund for Romania to raise money for Romania when Europe and UK are facing troubled times with high unemployment and social issues.
Please accept our sincere thanks and appreciation for all the support from the Relief Fund, please convey our gratitude to all the board members, the Relief Fund remains a special partner and a serious one and that is reassuring too.
We thank the Relief Fund for continuing to care
Many special thanks to Edward Parry for his efficiency, advice and friendship.
For FSC Board,
Gabriela Achihai, President
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 great Romanians and thank all our supporters in the UK and around the world for helping us fund this work.