Wednesday 15 November 2017

Emmaus Cambridge sends goods worth £10,000 to Romania


On Wednesday 15 November, we are sending a 40ft shipping container with 250 boxes of household items to the Romanian Emmaus community based in Satu Mare. The donation is worth approximately £10,000.

Romanian companions (formerly homeless), Roland Banyi and Vilimos Marosan (pictured) were invited to work at the Cambridge community for a month days to help choose the contents of the container, which will hopefully arrive by the weekend.

We sent our first container to Romania in 2014 and have continued to make regular donations (bi-annually) to our less fortunate sister community ever since. Companions living with us are encouraged to go and visit Satu Mare as part of an exchange programme to see how things are done in Europe. Typically, companions living at the Satu Mare community are under 25 years-old and are encouraged to stay in education. As residents of the community, they have access to health care and support in finding permanent housing.

Mark Boden, Deputy Manager at Emmaus Cambridge says:

“At Emmaus Cambridge we understand the importance of Solidarity and working with other Emmaus communities. Working with Satu Mare has been an extremely valuable experience for Emmaus companions as it highlights that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.”

Sorin Onica, Community Lead at Satu Mare, Romania, says:

“On behalf of the Satu Mare community, I would like to thank Emmaus Cambridge for this act of solidarity, which helps our community. The impact of this gesture will help sustain our community's needs for a whole month and would not be made possible without the companion's involvement and help, to whom we would like to give our special thanks.”