Optimism. Expectation. Belief. Anticipation. Faith. Confidence.
These words are all synonyms of Hope and that is what we as Good Samaritan want to bring about in this world. We want those who we support to have confidence to go out on the street with their heads high. We want them to have a belief in themselves that they can achieve their full potential. We want them to have an optimism that things will get better and that the future is brighter.
We ask you to be a part of sharing this hope and helping us to give a handup to those in need. Here are just a few examples of those in need of that handup today.
A is one of our beneficiaries who grew up in the state orphanage here in Beius. As many people know from the news when comunism fell in Romania, dental care has always been an issue for many in Romania. A is just one of several beneficiaries who we would like to help with their teeth. A nowadays has only a couple of teeth left after the rest had to be extracted. As you can easily realise, self-confidence is low as they rarely smile so that they can hide the fact they have no teeth or very few. The worst thing is that eating is not easy. Help us as we support A and others like them to have the dental treatment needed and provide dentures.
B is another beneficiary who also grew up in one of the state orphanages here in Romania and after leaving the orphanage at 18 years old, spent time sleeping on the streets. This took a toll on their health and they are now in constant need of medication and long term support. Their illness pension (disability allowance) doesn’t cover anywhere near the costs of their medical needs. Join us in helping B and others have a new belief in themselves, that their medical conditions can be kept under control and they no longer need to worry about whether they can afford to buy their medication or put food on the table.
Being ill in Romania today is a worrying situation if you do not have the financial means and contacts to get access to treatment. Treatments often require long waiting times and additional payments and/or “under the table” payments.
Good Samaritan's health fund supports our clients in:
- Liaising between them and the provider of medical services
- Paying for periodical tests/consultations for the chronically sick, surgeries when needed, as well as post-operational treatment and physiotherapy
- Purchasing of medicines
A medical sponsorship depends on the seriousness of the disease, the treatment needed and the medication prescribed. It varies between $100 quarterly up to $600 as a single payment for special treatments/medical tests or surgeries.
Donate to our medical program here:
“I believed that nobody is interested in my fate or wants to help me. I believed for quite a while that people are only interested in themselves and will do anything to get what they want, without taking in consideration what happens around them. However, this scholarship has offered me not only the financial help I needed, but also the chance to meet different people who showed me empathy, cared about me, encouraged and motivated me, changed my view of the world around me.” – says Georgiana, a senior high-school student who received a social and merit based scholarship, whose parents are divorced and is raised by her grandmother.
“God expressed His love and mercy towards me by the trust I have been shown by the team of Good Samaritan, a trust I didn’t deserve due to my past. I have understood clearly the definition of love by the way I have been treated with an unconditional love. I found a family. It’s something that I had never experienced before, something that I find to be quite phenomenal!” – emotionally shares Nistor, an orphan with a tumultuous past who has been helped to integrate socially and professionally.
Turning to be 50 years old this January, Adrian, the founder of Good Samaritan decided to celebrate by committing to raise funds for a house and a high school student scholarship for every God given year of his life. Namely 50 scholarships and 50 homes. Madness, you might say! It’s over 1,000,000 euros!
But Adrian’s not the only person with goodwill that is turning 50 years old and he’s inviting anyone who is celebrating this fine age to get involved. In fact, anyone can get involved and donate their birthday to help 50 high school students from low-income families and 50 low-income families to have a decent place to call home.
The campaign will run throughout 2017 in various ways and one of those is via the online platform called Galantom.
Irina is a blond petite girl who is often smiling, although she’s not had the easiest life to date.
Born in Oradea, she was abandoned by her parents at birth. In 5th grade she was transferred to the orphanage in Beius. She went to trade school where she learnt to be a seamstress and then at 16 years old she got hired in a textile factory in Beius. However, she didn’t have a home and slept wherever she could. Some nights she would sleep on park benches, other nights in bars, other nights on abandoned worksites and other nights in the hospital. Basically she would go to sleep for the night, wherever she could. It was really difficult as she also had to go to work. One day, she was accidentally injured on the sports ground by the river where she used to sleep. Her right hand was broken which later led to a hematoma.
Since she wasn’t eating much and was staying in the cold, her injury was healing with difficulty. After complications in the healing process, Irina’s hand had to be operated on twice in December 2003. Even though she was appreciated by her boss, her right hand was affected in such a way that she was no longer able to continue working as a seamstress.
Living on the streets, her illness was aggravated and other health problems appeared: ulcer, peritonitis and osteoporosis. Being chronically ill, with no place to stay and no income was a scary situation for Irina. During this time, Good Samaritan found out about her medical problems and accepted her into the program and for several years in a row started looking after her medical problems, offering her shelter and securing a sponsorship for her everyday needs.