Family Care & Housing Project:
Family Care is the Cornerstone
Project of the Foundation’s work in Romania. It was the first project
with a commitment to visit and support the family each month. The
project is underpinned by Sponsors for the Families who are supported
and such sponsorship gives real hope and security to those we assist.
The project is now managed by Nelu Cioara who has been with Smiles since
Family Care Project supports many families living in very poor and
difficult circumstances. Under the caring supervision of the project
manager and a qualified Social Worker – families in special need have
both Smiles and a Sponsor as their Special Friends.
The core support for most families is food. Each month, the family
receives a visit by the project manager who delivers a vital box of food
which can literally help the family survive month to month. At the same
time, between the Project Manager and the Social Worker – they will
consult with the family on the special needs and see how we can help
The Smile’s Team will assist with legal paperwork to ensure the
family receive any state benefit due and where possible, assist with
obtaining employment. Smiles will also monitor the family as to how they
are responding to the assistance we provide. We do not want the family
to become dependent on Smiles where it is possible to get the family
back into self-sufficiency. We always want to avoid becoming a
‘Hand-Out’ that people become reliant on. We remain committed to being a
‘Hand-Up’ wherever possible.
We recommend basic family sponsorship of
£30/$40 per month as part of the Smiles 200 Hope Club. Any amount can be
given towards the Family Care Project and all will be used to support
those families in need.
To provide the
extensive professional care with both a Project Manager and Social
Worker plus additional help for the Family with Medicine or other
assistance as assessed best by the Smiles team, we need at least 2
sponsors per family, or £60/$80 per family, per month.
Through the Family
Care Project, the Foundation soon discovered the desperate needs of many
Romanian families, living daily life without running water, electricity
or heating fuel for the harsh winters. Many are facing eviction onto the
streets due to economic pressures they have no hope to overcome.
authorities will take children into State Care when family life becomes
the welfare and safety of the child is at risk. Seeing families in this
situation inspired The Smiles Foundation to begin the
getting houses sponsored, then renovated and turned into Homes for
families to live in the peace and security of not facing eviction or
loss of this basic requirement in life.
As that security and
stability is restored, so the Foundation can approach the authorities
for the return of children to their family and the family unit can begin
to re-build their lives once more.
begins at £7,500 /
The average price being £12,000 / $15,600
A great Fund-Raising Challenge for any team!
costs depend on the initial price paid for the property. Average costs
could be up to £6,000/$7,800.
Often mud floors
and/or mud walls need replacing with concrete and then plastering.
Electric wiring often needs updating and outside rendering can be in
need of repair. The costs vary subject to size of the house, but on
average, a further £3,500/$4,550 is budgeted for
can purchase and adequately renovate a house, providing a wonderful home
for a family to live in.
Please sponsor a Family or
a Home and change their World!
"IF I WAS HUNGRY ............ WOULD YOU FEED ME?"
Please help with
supporting our Project Operating Costs which are £2,450 / $3,185 per
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