In January 1991, the White Cross Mission went to the assistance of
children locked away in a mental institution in Romania. The children were badly traumatised
and severely mentally damaged by all that had happened to them and for eight years
we sent volunteers to work alongside each child, to show them affection and to encourage them to
walk and talk and play.
In 1996 we began buying up small abandoned farmsteads on the nearby hillside. We renovated
the buildings, employed local housemothers and moved six or seven children in to each home.
In their new homes the children have flourished and grown. They are now in their late teens
and early twenties and have grown into charming young men and women. Although they are all
hardworking and capable there is, unfortunately, very little prospect of any of them finding work
in the community.
We believe that if work was available many of them would be able to live totally independent
lives. Both the Casa Delureni guest house and our original charity, the White Cross
Mission, are committed to giving them this opportunity.
We have bought a beautiful piece of land on a hillside about half a mile from the main road
through Romania and we have built our guest house - Casa Delureni - which opened in April
2008. We have also started training some of our young people to work in Casa Delureni and are
preparing the farms to grow some of the food that is purchased by the restaurant there.
We are looking forward to this project going from strength to strength. Bookings for the
first year have been very encouraging and in addition to the advertised holidays we are
confident of considerable passing trade.
We can't afford to stand still. Charity giving is drying up and we need to make the young people as
independent as possible as quickly as possible. Our next step is to build five little bungalows, each to
house two young people. We want to do this quickly. The bungalows will be built in an orchard
close to Casa Delureni and will be home to the young people we feel are ready to live on their own.
We are also hoping to create small business opportunities which will provide further income and possibilities
for employment. Prices are rising fast and we urgently need to put our plans in place now. Our Romanian
staff are all very capable and we are hopeful that the profits from these businesses will soon be sufficient to pay
the salaries of the reduced number of care assistants that will be needed to ensure that our young people are
supported into the future.
Should you be willing to make a contribution to this worthy cause and help secure the future stability for these
young people, please send your cheque, made payable to "The White Cross Mission", to : Rev.d Canon Pat
Robson, Mill Cottage, Mill Lane, Grampound, Cornwall, TR2 4RU. On behalf of these young people, we thank you
for your generosity.
If you are a UK tax payer and would like to Gift Aid your donation please download and complete the White Cross Mission Gift Aid Form and enclose it with your
donation. This will allow us to claim tax on your contribution so your generosity has an even greater
effect on the lives your money is supporting. Thank you.