SUS INIMA wins an OXFAM grant

SUS INIMA wins an OXFAM grant which will allow it to continue its work of providing information and free services to the Ukrainian refugees in Sibiu. The activity of Ukrainian Info Point Sibiu consists in keeping in touch with all members of the Ukrainian community, coordinating communication between the parties, including with the authorities, updating demographic statistics, producing FAQ content. It also coordinates local translators, provides occupational therapy sessions, organizes emotional support groups and creates development strategies. Facilitates access to information, access to medical and psychotherapeutic services.

Sibiu International Marathon 2022

This weekend, for the fourth year, SUS INIMA participated in the Sibiu International Marathon to give cancer patients a new chance at life, healthy food, accommodation and access to quality treatments. The link between the marathon and SUS INIMA is a special one, as the marathon is the instrument through which SUS INIMA was able to open its first home, a renovated, furnished space where patients meet and go through treatment together, and where close friendships develop. The first project was called "The first support centre for people affected by cancer in Sibiu", which raised 20,000 euros. In the following years, participation brought funds to maintain quality services (accommodation, hot meals, therapies). These needs became known thanks to the experience Carmen Chindriș had. For Carmen, the marathon has a special personal significance because it was the boost she needed to get SUS INIMA up and running. She invested all her heart in this project. Her father was an oncology patient and so she came into contact with the struggles that these patients face. She saw the deprivation and felt first-hand what it was like to go through it and how the system does not support people who need help, who wake up overnight with a diagnosis that affects not only the patient but also those around them, relatives and friends. The SUS INIMA organisation does not only relate to patients, but also to their families, friends and doctors, all those affected by cancer. Many do not receive treatment because their financial situation does not allow it. Through the association it has tried not only to give them a chance to get treatment, but also to make their treatment period much better and the community of Sibiu has answered the call every time. This year, among the 59 fundraisers and 296 runners, adults and children, there are also people who have benefited from the organization's help. People who after receiving free services from SUS INIMA, came and gave back so that those who now need help can receive it too. There are also runners who have become beneficiaries in one way or another. Many people found out about SUS INIMA through the marathon, so diagnosed people know where to go. If SUS INIMA services didn't exist, some of the patients who should be receiving treatment wouldn't and that could mean quick death. This year the target was 71502 RON, of which 66338 RON were raised (93% of the target), money that will be used to provide accommodation services for patients and their carers for the SUS INIMA 1 house in Sibiu, for a period of 6 months, and to make available all associated services: oncological navigation, psychological counselling, emotional support activities, etc., and one hot meal per day, for the SUS INIMA 1 and SUS INIMA 2 houses.

SUS INIMA goes to UN

SUS INIMA was invited to Geneva to participate in the meeting between UNHCR and NGOs. Carmen Chindriș, one of the founders and president of the NGO SUS INIMA, together with Lu Knobloch, funds&grants and founder of SUS INIMA, attended the meeting which took place from 7 to 10 June 2022. There were 80 NGO representatives from all over the world. From Sibiu, alongside SUS INIMA, the Sibiu Community Foundation was present, namely Ciprian Ciocan, Executive Director and Ana Bugneriu, Programme Director. What is UNHCR? UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced and stateless communities. Since 1950, through their work, UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) has ensured that all those fleeing violence, persecution, war or disaster in their country of origin have the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge. The organisation has more than 17 300 staff working in 135 countries, with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The theme of the meeting was "Climate change and localisation". The climate crisis we are currently facing, according to UNHCR, is creating difficult situations for millions of people who are forced to leave their countries, often already affected by internal conflict, in search of help and safety in neighbouring countries. UNHCR and much of the humanitarian sector are committed to "strengthening national and local humanitarian action" and therefore working towards more careful selection of intervention sites that include organisations formed and led by affected people, improving communication channels, supporting existing capacities and strengthening mutual learning between local and international entities. More attention should be paid to removing barriers in the way of participation. Both site selection and climate action are based on inclusive approaches and accountability to affected populations. It should seek to amplify local/marginalised voices in addressing related challenges and should strive to ensure equitable access to assistance and protection, and to decision-making for all people served by UNHCR. Main objectives of the meeting:
  1. Exchange information on progress on region-specific recommendations and commitments made through the 2021 UNHCR-NGO monthly and regional consultations; and review those that could be endorsed to become global recommendations.
  2. Develop new recommendations to inform future collaboration between UNHCR and NGOs to prepare and respond to protection challenges and solutions related to location and climate action.
  3. Feed into global processes such as UNHCR's Strategic Framework for Climate Action and preparations for the second GRF (Global Refugee Forum) in 2023.
SUS INIMA was invited because of its commitment to Ukrainian refugees in the conflict with Russia, setting up the Ukrainian Centre in Sibiu, where refugees can get help to find accommodation, jobs, educational opportunities and more. In addition, SUS INIMA opened the first Ukrainian school in Sibiu, giving over 200 primary school children the chance to continue their education, and is now working to give Ukrainian refugee children in middle and high school the same opportunity. Carmen Chindris, President of SUS INIMA, on this important experience: "I have wanted for a long time to see what is happening at the UN, at the "high level". What I saw were people like us, with NGOs like ours. The difference was unity. Many people, with many NGOs, together, make the world a better place for many, many people. I'm grateful that I could see that no matter how small you are or consider yourself, together with others who have the same goal, the power to change is great."

SUS INIMA supports Ukrainian refugees

SUS INIMA made an appeal to humanity and many open-hearted people responded. With the funding received, the project to support Ukrainian refugees was able to continue. This project was implemented county-wide, with Ukrainian refugees from all over the county coming to pick up food and other items offered at the Zacaria hall. The beneficiaries of the project are people affected by the crisis situation, who have settled in Sibiu. They benefit from the help, support and capacity of the already created infrastructure (1350 refugees from Sibiu, 880 of them adults, aged 18-70 and 470 children, aged 3-18). Sus Inima organisation and the local community of Sibiu managed through sustained efforts to provide the basic needs of a decent living for refugees from Ukraine during the period 28.02-30.03.2022, providing an infrastructure for accommodation, transport, food, networking at community level with authorities and other entities, for the development of educational projects and job platform. The expenses covered so far reach 69182 RON, the food part being covered by product donations in 70%. These donations have started to decrease dramatically, so that the supply for the basic basket has started to be carried out by the own funds of the association and partners. The basic basket that Sus Inima provides every 3-4 days for each family contains: flour, oil, cornflour, pasta, buckwheat, non-perishable canned food (tomato sauce, peas, meat, pâté), musli, waffles, a jar of jam, a loaf of bread and two 2-litre bottles of water). The value of the package is RON 108. A family has access to an average of 8 such basic baskets per month. By purchasing food and making basic baskets, Ukrainian refugees receive mental comfort and a sense of security, which allows them to consider their options for the future, the possibility of applying for political asylum, integration into the workforce, into the educational sphere and active participation in local cultural life, without having to worry about tomorrow. Through this project 6256 basic baskets were made and 391 Ukrainian refugee families were helped.

SUS INIMA wins a grant from Kaufland

SUS INIMA WINS A GRANT FROM KAUFLAND The project was implemented countywide, with Ukrainian refugees from all over the county coming to pick up food and other products offered at the Zacaria hall. The beneficiaries of the project are people affected by the crisis situation, who have settled in Sibiu. They benefit from the help, support and capacity of the already created infrastructure (1350 refugees from Sibiu, 880 of them adults, aged 18-70 and 470 children, aged 3-18). Sus Inima organisation and the local community of Sibiu managed through sustained efforts to provide the basic needs of a decent living for refugees from Ukraine during the period 28.02-30.03.2022, providing an infrastructure for accommodation, transport, food, networking at community level with authorities and other entities, for the development of educational projects and job platform. The expenses covered so far reach 69182 RON, the food part being covered by product donations in 70%. These donations have started to decrease dramatically, so that the supply for the basic basket has started to be carried out by the own funds of the association and partners. The basic basket that Sus Inima provides every 3-4 days for each family contains: flour, oil, cornflour, pasta, buckwheat, non-perishable canned food (tomato sauce, peas, meat, pâté), musli, waffles, a jar of jam, a loaf of bread and two 2-litre bottles of water). The value of the package is RON 108. A family has access to an average of 8 such basic baskets per month. By purchasing food and making basic baskets, Ukrainian refugees receive mental comfort and a sense of security, which allows them to consider their options for the future, the possibility of applying for political asylum, integration into the workforce, into the educational sphere and active participation in local cultural life, without having to worry about tomorrow. Through this project 6256 basic baskets were made and 391 Ukrainian refugee families were helped.