Members of Business Against Poverty, a community of local businesses which seeks to engage it’s members in reducing international poverty through its charity Robin Hood Ministries, have made a difference to the lives of the poor in Romania.
Trowbridge-based Business Against Poverty have enabled £5,000 to be sent to the Way of Joy Centre in Romania where Freedom House has been built to provide a safe place for impoverished families in the Iasi area to go to have a break from the difficulties of their daily lives.
This summer, day camps have been run for the children of these families who are part of the project’s child sponsorship scheme. These children eke out an existence in a society who have totally rejected them.
Business Against Poverty are aiming to complete the remaining work on the house by next year so that in 2011 the children can go for residential summer camps and the families will be able to access their first community centre, enabling them to receive basic care and teaching in social skills.
The first stage of this was to complete all external work on the building. Thanks to the subscriptions of the Business Against Poverty members, the external work has now been completed.
The cost of completing the inside of the house, including providing running water, kitchen and bathroom facilities, lighting and furnished rooms is £25,000.
One Business Against Poverty member, Sarah Hewitt from The Pole Company, has already agreed to provide all the window dressings, including all poles for the house and will be going out next year to fit them.
For more information log on to www.businessagainstpoverty.com