Following evaluation, the General Directorate of Social Assistance of Bucharest (DGASMB--part of the General City Hall within the General Council of Bucharest) agreed to finance ADRA Romania. This was done in order to support the Emergency Reception Center for Victims of Domestic Violence - ADRA House.
The non-renewable financing was granted from the local budget of the Municipality of Bucharest, part of which supports non-profit activities of local interest. The amount of 160,000 lei (US $37,952) was granted to the ADRA House for a period of 4 months, beginning September 2021.
With this funding, ADRA Romania will provide funding to support the center and assist its residents.
The application process for these funds started during the summer with preparing and submitting necessary documentation, and was completed in September 2021 with the approval and signing of the contract in accordance with the provisions of the awarding entity.
“What can be nobler than to extend a helping hand to your fellow humans, and to do this with sustained support, wholeheartedly, and with serious and dedicated people,” asks Cosmina Ioana Simiean Nicolescu, general director of DGASMB. “The partnership between the mayor's office and ADRA Romania came naturally, proving trust in our partners and encouraging activities to assist victims of domestic violence."
Robert Georgescu, executive director of ADRA Romania, adds: “We are happy, and gladly share this good news. Casa ADRA is more than a center; it is a place where survivors of domestic violence make a stop on their way to a quiet life after some of them endured for years feelings of humiliation, suffering, and fear. Together with the Bucharest City Hall, through the General Directorate of Social Assistance of Bucharest, we can offer these individuals a new start."
Starting in 2009, ADRA Romania has managed the Center for the Emergency Reception of Victims of Domestic Violence - ADRA House.” The objective of this project is the social reintegration of survivors of domestic violence through shelter, social counseling, psychological counseling, emergency medical care, food, and guidance to a lawyer. The lives of the beneficiaries housed in the center are changed because they experience a different way of life--one without physical, verbal, economic, mental, sexual, and religious violence, based on spiritual values, and cultivating healthy eating habits, exercise, training, and recreation.
Between 2009 and 2020, the center, which falls within the “Fight against domestic violence” initiative, more than 2,447 mothers and children were offered aid, of whom 979 received accommodation at ADRA House.
Currently, the amount invested by ADRA Romania for each resident of Casa ADRA is 2,500 lei (US $593).
If you’d like to join ADRA Romania and invest in the fight against domestic violence, you can do so through:
- material donations (especially hygiene products and medicine, but also clothing);
- financial donations to the ADRA account;
- donating directly on the adra.ro/doneaza website for the Casa ADRA project; or
- donating €2 (US $2.35) right now by texting “ADRA” to 8845.
Since 1990, ADRA Romania has been significantly involved in development projects that benefit the entire population. Leading in the projects undertaken following the motto “Justice. Compassion. Love,” ADRA Romania brings joy and hope in the lives of the beneficiaries by promoting a better future, values, and human dignity.
Accredited social services provider ADRA Romania is part of the ADRA International network, the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, one of the most widespread non-governmental organizations in the world, active in more than 118 countries and guided by a philosophy that combines compassion with practicality, addressing people in need without making racial, ethnic, political, or religious distinctions in order to serve humanity so that all may live as God intended.