United Aid Foundation (UAF) is responding to the needs of Romanian communities devastated by summer floods. The disaster took place in Botosani County, in the northwest part of the country bordering Moldova and Ukraine. Read more from BBC News
The floods killed 22 people and left up to six thousand homeless. Many of those who lost their homes are temporarily sleeping in churches, restaurants and bars. Botosani County is the poorest region of the EU. The Romanian health care system is at a breaking point due to crushing poverty that has long existed in the country coupled with the current world economic crisis. Most of those affected lost everything, including their clothes.
UAF, which operates an orphanage in Botosani, is partnering with Medical Missions Foundation and Heart to Heart International to deliver basic over the counter medicines as well as antibiotics, pain relief and diseases brought on by unsanitary conditions. UAF donors will also send donations of clothing, shoes and children’s toys to the hard hit area.
UAF staff in Botosani has taken a lead in helping their fellow Romanian citizens, despite being a small organization. Staff members are coordinating the aid shipments through customs, and will document delivery of the aid as well.