The Salard Community
In June 2007, Dr Claudia Micula – The Smiles Foundation’s doctor to
the Family Care Project at the time – was visiting a sponsored family
in the city of Oradea when approached by a desperate lady asking for
help. The lady’s sister – married with 12 children – had just
experienced the horror of a house fire that destroyed the house and
claimed the life of their 5 year old daughter. The family were now
dispersed, with ones and twos staying in various homes with friends
and the parents with some of the children sleeping on a mattress in
the field beside their burnt out house.
The Smiles Foundation visited the scene and met with the family and
were shocked at what we saw. A small Community of 19 families living
in horrendously poor conditions and whilst it was reasonable to say
that the family who's house had burnt down were worse off - it was a
case of 'only just'!
of the housing in this community was as bad as our Chief Executive had
seen in 26 years of visiting Romania. The
Smiles Foundation immediately committed to building a new house for the
family that had suffered the fire. During the course of building, we
heard the stories of all the other families and wanted to see what we
could do to help.
face the Smiles Team daily but our CEO felt in this case – We Should, We
Could and We Would do something!
We have since
added families from Salard to our regular support as sponsors
have become available. We also started to re-house families, through a
housing project which in the first year built 3 new homes for families
with special needs in and around the community.
we launched the
and have purchased, renovated and fitted out eight 6 metre (20ft)
containers which are now better homes than they have ever known in
Salard. Perhaps most important is the Containers are rodent proof!
From 2017, overseeing the project in Salard is
Raul Gherle who has been with Smiles since 2011
managing the Homeless Project. He is supported by Social Assistant –
people of Salard are extremely poor and face many difficulties as a
result. Without help, they will make no progress as it is impossible for
them to even get on the first run of the ladder from their seriously
impoverished position. Smiles want to do more and will do more as
sponsors and support becomes available. If you can help, please
consider sponsoring a family now or contribute what you can each month
towards the Food, Medical or Housing support we are offering the Salard
Please help with supporting our Operating
Costs which are £420 / $550 per month.
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