Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Delivering the packages to our contacts

Friday 24 Marc, together with the kids we broth 150 packages to Urmenis , district Bistrita. There social worker Elena will give out in the surrounding area ,to the most needy families.

 Monday 27 Marc, together with our kids we broth 90 packages  to Deda . There nurse Rodica Bandila is busy  with its distribution , her target people are mostly the elders from the area from the fallowing villages: Deda, Filea. Bistra, Pietris.
Rodica Bandila

In Voivodeni the distribution of the packages is ready

This is the link with the pictures from Voivodeni district Mures.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easter packages 2017

Tuesday evening arrived the truck from Stichting Promotie to Breaza with the the Easter packages with Siem Vertelman and Gerrit Dijkstra as drivers.
The unload went very fast in one and half hour it was ready.

The distribution of the packages to our contacts already started yesterday. The first 40 went to Voivodeni ,  Reformed Priest Denes Csaba is going to give out there between the most needy families.

The foundation  seeks to  help disadvantaged families with many childrens and the elderly , wich we identified in the surrounding arrea  .The packages are delivered to their homes .Here are the picture with the unloud of the truck.
Please folow the blog with the further posts.
Best regards,

Thursday, March 9, 2017

New Transport

Another transport we unload yesterday morning ,with hospital beds , clouds,biscuits,building materials , medical supplies, furniture, mattresses. BQQ souss, and food supplies for the monthly program .
The City hospital in Reghin will send the car  Monday to pick up 6 beds , one iron closet ,and other medical supplies.
30 mattresses are going to Cugir to the Psychiatric hospital.
The Christian Organization Diakonia had picked -up all the clouds , paart of medical supplies, stevia sugar replacement and furniture for their offices. Thank you again for the nice loud and success with the Easter Action !
Best regards,

Thank you letter from Togetherness Association


Thank you for making time watching the CD about the camp. We are truly honoured that after 4 years of horse riding camp, you are our first foreign supporter. We are delighted to let you know that we received the support sent from you. We were very happy when we saw all the awesome equipments and accessories in the packages. We were particularly delighted for the Handy Bike, which we will make good use of at our next camp this year for sport activities.
The association has two horses, so the drugs, vitamins and horse equipment will really come in handy. This year we would like to organize an integrated horse hiking, so the reflective gear sent by you will also help us out a lot. Additionally, the gaiters and the child-sized horse riding pants will also be put to use. Our non-profit non-governmental organization, since its establishment, has been maintained on itself so we are very pleased for any received support. Our organization has three founding members.
 Each founding member has their own job, next to this voluntary job. Year after year the number of the campers participating in our Christian Horse Camp is growing, but unfortunately the lack of financial background is forcing us to receive only a limited number of participants. Many young disabled people contact us. The camp's purpose is to provide wheelchair access physical and psychological rehabilitation for a whole week, at which even priests assist.
We achieved plenty of good results, and we received many positive feedbacks, especially regarding the horse riding, which helped the participants to become more independent when riding a horse. This experience made them to be more confident and it increased self-esteem and self-image in them.  It also improved balance and muscle strength, or improved visual-spatial perception.
 We plan to initiate a horse riding program held every weekend. For our plan to work, we would require a lifting device, so we could easily place a person from the wheelchair on the horse. Additionally, we would also appreciate a special harness, which would provide an extra safety measurement for people with muscular dystrophy. Unfortunately, there are

no such devices and harnesses in our country. There were a very wide variety of disabilities that could benefit from horse riding including spinal cord injury, or amputation.      Our organization also plans to form a Handy Bike team formed by ten members, who would help disabled people to get integrated in a community and also encourage them for active sporting. For our plan to succeed, we would require more Handy Bikes if available. Unfortunately, our association does not have sufficient financial background to buy these special wheelchairs. It would mean a great deal to us if you could also send us adult-sized horse riding pants, walking tools, sickbeds, prosthesis tools.
 We don't just welcome material goods, but also coming in contact with similar organizations and forming partner relationships, to learn from each other, sharing knowledge and experience.  To show our gratitude, we would also like to print the name of your organization on T-Shirts, which we will distribute to the participants of the camp. Wishing you God's rich blessing for all in your future activities. And once again thank you for your provided help.

Yours sincerely,

 Jancso Istvan, Kovacs Szabolcs and  Mathe Adel

News from the Organization Diakonia Reghin

Use of donations received from Van den Heerik Foundation Breaza

            1. Services provided by our foundation
            Socio-medical home-care includes monitoring vital signs (pulse, temperature, blood-pressure, blood-sugar levels), administering medication (procuring medication, monitoring the dosage, and controlling the intake), mobilization and massage, assisting the beneficiaries in completing their physiological needs (changing adult diapers, bedpans), caring for sores, wounds, lesions, eschars; active and passive mobilization for stroke victims, applying the TENS device for muscle stimulation in order to prevent bedsores; changing the urinary catheter; inserting nutrients through nasogastric feeding tube; drawing blood for lab work; managing and changing ostomy pouches; managing tracheal cannulae; administering endovenous perfusions; administering per os and intramuscular or intravenous shots.
            Basic home-care consists of washing, bathing, putting on clothes, undressing, washing teeth, hair-care, shaving, cutting nails, sitting the beneficiary in an upright position, arranging the bed, changing bedsheets, assistance in nutrition (preparing food, serving food in bed or at the table), movement exercises, instructing family members. In the cases where the beneficiary is entirely dependent, the assigned case worker does the grocery shopping, helps in preparing and serving food and cleaning the house of the beneficiary.
            Community services include home maintenance, attending the beneficiary to the physician, pharmacy, bank, authorities; informing the beneficiary about alternative means of support; helping/assisting with treatment; supplying aid materials; distributing food packages. Due to the large distances between various villages and the cities, we provide help in obtaining prescriptions for the elderly unable to do this themselves; we also pick up medication from the pharmacies, set up the monitoring of the correct dosage, and the administration thereof.
            Social services: initial and periodic evaluations; identifying persons in need; mental hygiene; counselling; providing information pertaining to social services; establishing the intervention plan; counselling for making the necessary administrative steps for obtaining social rights.
            Palliative services: (these are services provided to persons who are terminally ill. Currently the entire staff of the foundation is trained in palliative care): basic hygiene, monitoring and controlling symptoms (through drugs and other means which do not involve medication), counselling for beneficiaries and their family members; mental hygiene; providing information with regard to diagnosis and intervention options.

            2. Short description of the social-medical situation
            We have eight working points from which two are cities and the rest are villages. A village working point has four to ten other villages that we attend because they administratively belong to that “comune” (the main village who administratively holds all the other small villages). In the villages there is an acute need for home care services because there are no permanent medical facilities. There is one or maximum three doctors in the comune who planes a day for each village that administratively belong to them. There are also no pharmacies in the small villages like: Petrilaca Mura Mare, Mura Mica, Sacalul de Padure , Iara ,Ilioara, Cinta, Tirimioara, Fitcau so the home care giver has to buy the medications based on the prescriptions and bring them to the patient. The above mentioned small villages have also another problem, and that is the fact that they are “out-elders villages” which means there are no young families and everyone is old. The community cannot help its members because they are all old and sick so there is an acute need for a caregiver and a nurse but it would also be useful to have volunteers that maybe help out with garden work in summer or wood cutting and bringing water inside the house in winter. Another provocation in these villages is that around 80 percent of them have no water inside the house and the toilets on the outside.
            Another problem we encounter is that most of our beneficiaries are people with minimum wages or even smaller who are not able to care properly for their sick beloved ones because they don’t have enough money to buy all sorts of special wound care gausses. The same money problem is sometimes the cause of bedsores: the family doesn’t have enough money to buy adult diaper so they change the diaper only once a day or once in two days so the skin doesn’t breathe and wounds easily appear. It also happens that the families sometimes believe that wounds will heal themselves and they don’t call for help until the wound is already infected or necrotic.
             In the cities the patients we care for are palliative patients. Paliative care is the care you give to people dignosed with terminal disease who are close to their death. In these cases it is important to care for wounds in order to prevent infection and have a good pain control management. Paliative care is relatively new here in Romania so we have to explain and negotiate with families what it actually means to control symptoms in order to maintain life quality rather than healing.    
            3. Donations received from Van den Heerik
            In 2016 we received medical aid materials that we could use in our work with the patients. We have received sterile gauze swabs, special wound care materials, fixation dressing, fixation bandages and cleaning bandages.
Special wound care materials:
            We have received hydrocolloid dressings, silver dressings, and calcium alginate dressings which we all used to treat infected wounds, ulcers and bedsores. We do not include photos in these reports because they are explicit content. If the donator would like to receive progress photos of the wounds and their healing process please inform us and we will send a wound care management report that contains explicit wound care pictures and anamnesis.
            We work with a lot of leg ulcers and diabetic ulcers that usually need extra support bandages and a lot of wound care dressing that most of the time the elderly cannot buy because they have low pensions.
            Having special wound care material allowed us to care for a deep post-op infected wound of which the surgeon said it will take a year to clear. The nurse used silver dressing and fixated with special bandages. When the patient went to the mandatory visit the surgeon said it is beautifully cleaned and he didn’t think it would go that fast. If it wasn’t for the received materials we would have treat with simple sterile gauze swabs and betadine and the wound healing would have been a much longer and tiring process.
Disinfectant solutions:
            We received a big number of disinfectant solutions these are very useful because some of them stay at the caregiver to disinfect wounds, clean wounds or clean the skin before starting any sort of intervention. Some of the disinfectants we leave at the patients home because we have villages were we are able to go only once a week and we leave dressings in case the dressing applied by us falls down or something else happens.
Special ointments:
            Special ointments are the ones that help us prevent infection of the wound, and sometimes even the appearance of a new wound. These ointments are very useful because the caregiver can have it all the time with her and this way she is able to moisturize skin or use it on some small bruises.
Our activity in 2016 in numbers
In the table below you can see the number of services we provided the last year. Theserepresent the total number of services realized in the 8 working points that totalize a number of 51 localities.

·         Monitoring vital signs: 23358
·         Administering medication: 7845
·         Wound care: 8864
·         Bedsore care: 2370
·         Managing and changing ostomy pouches, drain tubes, tracheal cannulae: 380
·         Managing catheters: 144
·         Drawing blood for lab work: 237
·         Therapeutic manoeuvres: 8795
·         Assisting the beneficiaries in completing their physiological needs: 2654
·         Auricular washing: 29

Basic home-care: 17050
·         Washing:3811
·         Bathing: 189
·         Changing clothes: 2722
·         Washing teeth: 22
·         Hair-washing: 982
·         Shaving: 245
·         Cutting nails: 967
·         Sitting the beneficiary in an upright position: 1623
·         Arranging and changing bedsheets: 3226
·         Assistance in nutrition: 316
·         Movement exercises: 1410
·         Instructing family members: 1537

Community services: 12018
·         Home maintenance: 1582
·         Physician office/pharmacy visiting in the name of the beneficiary: 2468
·         Attending the beneficiary to the physician/pharmacy 422
·         Act as authorized delegate instead of the beneficiary at the bank/authorities: 790
·         Attending the beneficiary to the bank/authorities: 164
·         Attending the beneficiary to events: 215
·         Shopping: 1141
·         Informing the beneficiary about alternative means of support:1875
·         Helping/assisting with treatment: 546
·         Supplying aid materials: 2503
·   Distributing food packages: 312

Community services: 17224
·         Social evaluation (initial and periodic): 3807
·         Identifying persons in need: 351
·         Mental hygiene: 24
·         Counselling and affective support: 5468
·         Providing information pertaining to social services: 3097
·         Establishing the intervention plan: 753
·         Counselling for making the necessary administrative steps for obtaining social rights: 382
·         Administrative social activities: 3342

We thank you very much for your support and all the good things we received from you. Our beneficiaries are very grateful for all the products you sent us. Thank you very much.

Szekely Anamaria Stefania

CEO Diakonia Reghin 
Filiala Reghin a Fundatiei Crestine Diakonia

Adresa: 545300 Reghin, str. Oltului nr. 69
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Fax:  +40265 513 718
e-mail: diakoniaregen(at)