Container for Romania
Emmaus Cambridge has just sent a container of furniture, household goods and clothing to the Emmaus Satu Mare and Timisoara communities in Romania. The container will enable the Romanian communities to earn between 8 and 10,000 euros by selling items that they would struggle to collect. Some of the goods will also be used in one of the communities itself as they are just starting up and have very little in the way of furniture.
Emmaus Satu Mare and Timisoara are both young communities which provide home and work for up to 40 companions, many of whom were brought up in the orphanages of the Ceausescu regime. Now adults, they are doing their best to gain an education and the skills to live a normal life. Emmaus Cambridge has been working to build a lasting relationship with the Romanian communities and as part of that relationship several Cambridge companions have undertaken exchange visits with Romanian companions. Two Romanian companions, Danni and Christie, are currently staying at the community as part of the exchange programme and they were excited to be part of the team loading the container. Danni said ‘This means so much to us. We would like to thank you for making us so much a part of your community and for enabling us to earn the money we need to build a strong community back in Romania’.
Some of the Emmaus Cambridge companions have been in Romania when containers have arrived and have seen first-hand the value that they have for both the Satu Mare and Timisoara Emmaus communities and the greater community around them. There is no doubt that the container programme is proving to be an important way of building relationships and broadening horizons.