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Blythswood Update – March 3rd 2021

Daniel Centre

André, Gaby, Cipri and Alix have found work in a local factory in Cluj.  Silveu has brought questionable friends back to the Centre and needs to improve his attitude.

Istvan  has moved out with friends, probably a permanent goodbye.  Alix has suicidal moments and has spent €2000, which he can ill afford, on a hair transplant which he doesn’t really need.

Covid infections are rising again in Romania.   There have been no tenders yet for developing the Blythswood’s depot.

Balazs hopes the Hungarian Presbyterian church will join the Hungarian government to help with the school Blythswood sponsor in Kenya.

Talita Kum

Adi has unfortunately lost an appeal against the local government’s removal of tax exempt status for Talita Kum and his proposal for EU funds for the running costs for TKs 1-4 has again been turned down.  Bureaucratic nit-picking is a major hurdle for projects like these in Romania.

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Blythswood Update – February 17th 2021

Daniel Centre

André, Gaby and Cipri still have no work but Daniel continues with online school and has a part-time electrician’s job.  The new resident Silveu has already found work with a construction company.

Soreen is now trying to move out with friends, not a good idea.  Marian has a job fixing tyres to earn enough to refurbish his new flat.  Alix will likely have to leave the Centre at the end of March because of his attitude.

Covid infections are falling in Romania.  Blythswood is now awaiting offers for the development of their depot.

Balazs has had an excellent meeting with the Hungarian government representative – they are very open to sponsoring 24 months of volunteering and also for building an extra room for the school in Kenya.

Talita Kum

TK1 is now back to providing afternoon care as the Romanian schools are open again for grades 1-4.   TK2 is still open the mornings as well in their normal afterschool mode.

Adi’s appeal has passed another milestone in acquiring EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4.  There is still a considerable shortfall, however, for getting TK3 and TK4 up and running.

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Blythswood Update – February 3rd 2021

Daniel Centre

The ambulance will no longer come for Cipri’s nose bleeds.  André and Gaby still have no work.  Daniel continues with online school.  Silveu has joined the Centre.

Soreen seems to be still in Italy.  Istvan had left to live with relatives but is now back, having been beaten up and put out by his uncle.  Marian will stay on for 2 months to earn enough to refurbish his new flat.  Alix no longer works in the Covid situation and causes conflict in the Centre.

Covid is generally under control in Romania but with fewer residents working and contributing to their keep, the Centre’s food bill is rising.  The re-development of Blythswood’s depot is now out for tender.

There is reasonable hope that the Hungarian government – the only European government that officially aids the persecuted church – will give a grant towards The Centre’s project to help adding rooms to a school in Kenya.

Talita Kum

TK1 and TK2 are, unlike the Romanian schools, open again.   Because the schools are still closed, TK1 and TK2 are now operating fully, but now in the mornings as well in their normal afterschool mode.

Adi’s appeal has been granted and they are waiting for a re-assessment of their situation for EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4.  There is still a considerable shortfall, however, for getting TK3 and TK4 up and running.

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Blythswood Update – January 13th 2021

Daniel Centre

The church’s FEBE old folk’s nursing home initially lost 3 residents to the Covid pandemic but the home is now Covid-free.  The number of daily cases in the country has fallen from above 10,000 to just above 4,000.

André, and Gaby are still without work.  Daniel continues to do occasional delivery jobs but is still very serious about his studies.  The Centre currently has 2 vacancies.

There has been no update on news over the festive season about Soreen in Italy wanting to come back to the Centre.  Cipri and  Alix need to see big changes in attitude if they want to continue at the Centre.

Two businesses have expressed serious intentions of renting in the re-developed Blythswood depot.

There are hopes that the new government will be less mired in bureaucracy than the outgoing one.

 Talita Kum

TK1 and TK2 are, like the Romanian schools, closed again. Over the festive period, there has been no progress on Adi’s appeal against the initial refusal of their application for EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4.

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Blythswood Update – December 16th 2020

Daniel Centre

The Covid situation in the church’s FEBE nursing home has improved significantly.

Cipri still struggles with his health, more emotional than physical.  André has lost his work for refusing to sweep floors.  Gaby still has no job and brother Daniel has had to give up his job.

Soreen has phoned from Italy, wanting to come back to The Centre.  Marian is not quite into his new flat yet.  Alix’s mortgage hopes are on hold because his working hours are reduced by the Covid situation.

The re-development of Blythswood’s depot goes out for tender in January with work to begin in March and the Blythswood shop there due to close in January.

Most of the residents watch an online church service and then eat together each Sunday.

Talita Kum

Adi is more positive again.  TK1 and TK2 are back in action in the mornings, with breakfast and online school lessons though schools themselves are still closed!   No answer yet to his appealing the refusal of their application for EU funds could well be a good sign.

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Blythswood Update – December 3rd 2020

Daniel Centre

The number of Covid-19 is levelling off in Cluj and a total lockdown may be averted, but 66 out of 68 residents at their church’s FEBE old folk’s nursing home have been affected by the virus and two have died.  Most of the staff are self-isolating but asymptomatic.

Cipri is still struggling with health issues and will have a week’s assessment in hospital.  André has now been working at a filling station for the last two weeks.  Gaby still has no job.

Soreen is making noises about wanting to return to the Centre from Italy but would have to go through the interview process again.  Daniel is getting weary at holding study and work together and may have to quit his work.  Marian has had his mortgage approved by the bank and has the keys to his new flat.  Alix is encouraged to do likewise.

The re-development of Blythswood’s depot has had final approval for go-ahead from the local mayor, but the architect himself has now contracted Covid-19.

 Talita Kum

There is no new news from Adi this month but they are still in a bureaucratic impasse in re-licensing TK1 and TK2 which could undermine their application for EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4 submitted last August.

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Blythswood Update – November 18th 2020

Daniel Centre

Finding jobs are more difficult with Covid-19 now at 10,000 new cases a day.  Alix has had one anger counselling online session.  Cipri has found a job but needs more health testing first.  André should start soon.

Istvan’s return to the Centre is on hold till he displays more motivation.  Daniel is doing well.  Marian is making progress with a loan approval for flat of his own.

The re-development of Blythswood’s depot now awaits final approval from the local mayor.

Schools are still closed, a full lockdown is possible in Cluj.

Talita Kum

Adi’s drivers are now clear of Covid-19 and back at work.

Adi is uncharacteristically demoralised at the moment because of a bureaucratic impasse in re-licensing TK1 and TK2 which could undermine their application for EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4 submitted last August.

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Blythswood Update – November 04th 2020

Daniel Centre

Alix would now like to receive anger counselling before he can find a place to rent for himself.  Cipri has developed a fever and was to be tested for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning.  André, who shares a unit with him in the Centre is finding it hard to self-isolate.

Istvan wants to come back to the Centre and Dani will interview him.  Daniel is doing well in combining studies with work.  Marian, who works in a car tyre centre, is working through the loan approval process to buy his own flat on a mortgage.

The architect is suggesting that Blythswood’s depot building should be only partially demolished to avoid damaging neighbouring properties.

Covid-19 cases are now at 5000 a day in Romania compared with 500 a day in May.  Schools are closed, some towns are quarantined and a 10 p.m. curfew is in place.

Talita Kum

3 of Adi’s staff drivers have gone down with Covid-a9 but are now recovering.  This has obliged Adi to drive to Austria himself to pick up textile supplies for the Blythswood shops in Jimboliya.

The original surveyor’s estimate for building TK3 and TK4 was not his mistake but was over-ridden when the structural engineer made a later more detailed estimate. 

They are now waiting for the result of their application for EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4 submitted last August before deciding how to proceed with the TK3 and TK4 project.

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Blythswood Update – October 14th 2020

Daniel Centre

Alix is still looking for a place to rent to move out from the Centre.  Cipri still struggles with diabetes but stubbornly  refuses treatment.  André is still looking for a job but the employment situation at the moment is very difficult.

Daniel who quit his job to attend school is doing well and the Centre is helping him set himself up in a self-employed capacity to earn enough money to fund himself while completing secondary school.  Marian has been approved for a bank loan to get his own apartment.

Plans to sell or re-develop three properties owned by Blythswood are moving ahead fairly smoothly.

Talita Kum

TK1 and TK2 are operating well. Jimboliya is less likely to go into impending lockdown faced by the city of Cluj, the home of the Daniel Centre, as Covid-19 cases rise again.

The original surveyor’s estimate for building TK3 and TK4 was far too low by about €150,000.  Blythswood needs legal advice in relation to the surveyor.  They may have to pull the plug on the project in which they have already invested €18,000.

Abandoning the project would invalidate the application for EU funds for running costs for TKs 1-4 submitted last August and so would severely impact TK1 and TK2.

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Blythswood Update – September 30th 2020

Daniel Centre

Alix, with his new security company job, has improved in attitude, and is now positive about leaving the Centre in a month to rent for himself.  Cipri struggles and takes days off work, refusing treatment for his diabetes.  André lost his new job, not reporting on time to sign his contract.

Daniel has quit his job to attend school for 6 hours each day to get a diploma.  He has the intelligence for it and has also been offered part-time work doing 4 hours a day delivering food by bicycle.

The average age of young people leaving care centres is 19, compared to 28 for young people leaving a stable family setting.  65% of care centre leavers don’t feel ready to move on and 50% have had no life skills training such as is offered by the Daniel Centre.

The Daniel Centre does not qualify for any of the €1 billion EU fund to help develop the depot.

 Talita Kum

TK1 and TK2 have re-opened again with a full quota of students.  Adi reports no problems with finding teachers, possibly as home-tutoring has decreased because of the Covid-19 crisis.  Covid-19 cases are increasing again.

Adi’s application for TK3/TK4 funding was refused because of failure to include the fire safety requirements in his application.  So he has to start a new application.