We promised transparency, and we did. We have been at the forefront in this period, aligning and meeting the needs of the most affected by the pandemic that has hit the world.
We have responded in new ways to new challenges!
Starting with March 2020, just before the establishment of the state of emergency and until now (end of state of emergency – May 15, 2020), the Romanian Salvation Army mobilized exemplary in the fight against the effects of the pandemic and its impact on the disadvantaged population in the localities where we operate and also of other nearby localities.
The support provided consisted of:
- 2,358 emergency food aid;
- Hot meals
- Food packages
- 947 of people to whom we served food packages;
- Most of these people were either elderly people who could not travel to buy necessities, or children and families from disadvantaged backgrounds or families in self-isolation due to returning from abroad.
- 7,904 clothing and footwear distributed to people in difficulty;
- 1,268 educational support sessions for disadvantaged children (lessons in Romanian, Mathematics, English and French, music and creative arts) held online through various platforms;
- 650 support phone calls and emotional counseling for people in solitary confinement at home;
- 140 social counselors;
- 38 medical consultations offered on the street to homeless people;
- 494 packages of hygiene products, sterile masks and medicines distributed on the street, to homeless people, but also to disadvantaged people;
- 16 Support groups for different ages: children, young people, adults and seniors. (Prayer, Bible study, children’s club, Sunday school);
- 700 of participants in online support groups;
- 258 showers for the homeless and disadvantaged;
- 140 plush toys offered to children from disadvantaged backgrounds;
- 510 coffees and sweets;
- drinking water,
- furniture and small items that can have a major impact on the lives of those who are missing.
All these were obtained through the organization’s projects, sponsorships of companies or their employees (Amazon Romania, SOS Ploiești, ArhiDesign, Aprozărești Ploiești, 5toGo), own funds but also through hours of volunteering offered by brave and courageous people under the guidance of The Salvation Army officers and our employees.