A builder has been found for the new storage centre and the parking lot and the work was due to begin on Monday 15th June.
The training sessions for 13 successful candidates for the Kenya project are now complete and the party is ready to set off from Budapest with the blessing of the Hungarian government on June 28th for a month.
There is no update on and therefore little hope for EU funding for the running of TK3 and TK4 projects within the existing TK2 building. Adi still hopes to get a kindergarten up and running. With school exam time now upon them, things are currently much quieter in TK1 and TK2.
Cipri’s health is not good, compounded by high blood pressure, but also by a good measure of drama. Ioan has lost his job, comes home drunk and aggressive and is likely to have his probation ended next month.
The demolition work on the depot has now been completed and all the rubble has been removed. The building of the new storage centre and the parking lot can be started.
The Blythswood property at the airport has been sold and they are waiting for the third and final tranche of the payment.
The 13 successful candidates for the Kenya project have an online training session this coming weekend and an in-person training in Hungary the following weekend. They now are challenged to raise €500 each in addition to the Hungarian government’s funding of their travel and living expenses in Kenya.
Though EU funding was not approved for a separate TK3 and TK4 building, it is hoped there will be funding for the running of these projects within the existing TK2 building. The issue now is whether a kindergarten in that same building can access sufficient funds to run for the first three years before it becomes eligible for local government funding.
Cipri may now need a pacemaker for his heart. Ioan has found work pushing trolleys at a local supermarket.
The Centre has an ongoing task of monitoring and assessing their performance with the young residents and most of the load falls on their resident social worker Danny. It is unlikely that the other social worker Zencu, currently on maternity leave will return to work any time soon.
The demolition work on the depot has run into a major problem in getting asbestos removed.
A lot of Balazs’ time 15 is currently taken up by answering questions from the successful candidates for the Kenya project. They trust that the Hungarian government will provide funding for the Kenyans graduating from the high school they support to proceed to university.
Schools have re-opened in Jimboliya so Talita Kum can return to its original afternoon programme. Adi is currently working on a project to start kindergarten work in the extra space available in the TK2 building.
André and Gaby are working well, Cipri is still having his ups-and-downs. New resident Damian is working now and in good form, having acquired a puppy for himself – a mixed blessing for the other residents.
All of the residents have had their first vaccination, and most of them their second. Alex the ex-night-watchman is settling to his new administration responsibility.
The demolition work on the depot has been frustrated by the fact that no landfill sites in the area meet EU specifications and the rubble cannot be removed for the time being.
The Hungarian government’s Volunteer League have now selected the 15 final candidates for 2 training sessions for the Kenya project.
There is no update at the moment on Adi’s situation with the future of Talita Kum.
André and Gaby are working well, Cipri is now feeling better and ready for a job in a bottle- and jar-making factory. Silveu is currently subject of a police investigation. New residents Damian and Ioan are showing more attitude problems and are not so keen on working.
Alix and Julian have been working hard to empty the depot and demolition work has now begun. The other Alix who had been night-watchman and was taken onto the care staff is struggling with the new burden.
The Hungarian government’s Volunteer League have received 27 applications for the Blythswood-sponsored school in Kenya and there are many extremely good candidates who will have to be whittled down to the final 8 or 10.
4 of Blythswood’s young people are due to take up rent-free accommodation at the end of May and there are already two new lads interested in moving in to the vacated places in the Daniel Centre.
The Blythswood board remain committed to the TK1 and TK2 and are seriously studying the conversion of the free space there for the TK3 and TK4 project since they already own the building.
André and Gaby are working well, Cipri is now on medication and has been offered a job in a bottle- and jar-making factory. Silveu’s time at the Centre has been terminated and he is possibly facing charges for theft. New residents Damian and Ioan are settling well and looking for work.
Damian, Ioan and Alix have all been helping empty the depot to prepare it for demolition to begin next week.
The Hungarian government’s Volunteer League have interviewed 35-40 potential volunteers for the Blythswood-sponsored school in Kenya and will select between 10 and 15 of them on April 10.
4 of Blythswood’s young people, including Alix, have now accepted offers of 2 years of rent-free accommodation, but Balazs suspects some will return to the Daniel Centre as there is no offer of any other kind of care.
It is possible afterschool activities, such as TK1 and TK2 will have to close because of the Covid situation but that some of the work originally planned for TK3 and TK4 will now be developed in the current TK2 building, the Blythswood Board having taken the decision to drop the whole TK3 and TK4 project because of the lack of local government support and lack of EU funding.
André and Gaby have currently found work but Cipri is in hospital for assessment. Silveu is no longer bringing friends to the Centre but did not come home one night.
There have now been offers for developing the depot and an offer by one tenant to take over those made redundant when Blythswood closed their charity shop.
The Hungarian government’s Volunteer League have not come on board to find volunteers for the school which Blythswood sponsor in Kenya.
More negatively, a social agency which offers 2 years of rent-free accommodation to young people, and receiving considerable EU funding for this, has been irresponsibly trying to lure young residents away from the Daniel Centre with no offer of any other kind of care.
The local government had voted 6-0 with 6 abstentions against retaining tax exempt status for Talita Kum, which has been demoralising for Adi.
The rejection of his proposal for EU funds for the running costs for TKs 1-4 probably means that the whole TK3 and TK4 project will have to be dropped.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.