Project sunflower - Helping people to help themselves

We help people to help themselves and support those in need.  For a better quality of life, dignity and independence.

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Poverty in Romania

Ana’s story

Ana is a 64-year-old woman with walking disability. She lives alone in an old house with cracked walls that could collapse on her at any time. With a monthly income of only 30 euros in social assistance, she cannot afford to pay all the utilities. She has to choose – water or electricity.
She chose water. The electricity was turned off.
She performs her physical needs in a bucket because she has no toilet.

But what we notice about her is that she keeps her house very clean. Once a week she visits a grocery store, which she can barely reach because of her mobility problems. Occasionally she gets a piece of blackened fruit or an unsold loaf of bread there.

For Ana, bread is vital in addition to water, which she is fortunate to already have. A freshly baked one would certainly bring her a lot of joy. She could experience that someone cares for her.

What is it about?

Our daily bread …

In Oradea and Cluj, 1000 to 3000 people struggle for their daily bread.

Few available jobs, only casual jobs, underpaid, no training opportunities. These are the main reasons for the chronic lack of money.

There is a lack of role models to show them the way of life, education and income. People are born into an environment of scarcity, receive insufficient support from the government. The constant lack destroys family relationships, fosters disease and epidemics, domestic poverty and violence. Lack of mental support and less supportive friendships are the result.

Improving the lives of families struggling to survive and giving them the opportunity to get bread every day.
They should also learn to bake their own bread and thus earn their own living.

Where: baking in Cihei (village near Oradea) & handing out in Oradea / Cluj

Who:Asociatia Vieti Schimbate (Change Lives Association) with financial and advisory support from bisonaide

How often: 2 times a week

Quantity: 500 bread loaves / month

Target group: 150 poor families from Oradea and surroundings

Estimated cost to start the project:
approx. €17,500 Purchase of oven, stirrer, baking table including accessories
(sheets, brushes, drainpipes, knives, blades)

approx. €1450 running monthly costs for operation

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