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Romania: Vulnerable people struggle most

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Romania

Helping the most vulnerable in Romania


Help arrived at the exact moment Olga needed it

Olga used to live in a one room house with her eight children. She did not have a job and her husband could not endure their poverty and left her for another woman with a better economic situation. Olga’s story is a story about help that arrives when it is needed the most.
 

37-year-old Olga lived in a small one room house with her husband and eight children. The house was not heated. In summer time that was fine because the family was outside all the time. But the winter was a disaster. They improvised a stove with the material they had.

 
 

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Romania gained membership to the European Union in 2007. But while the country as a whole made considerable progress during its transition period, it has struggled economically since plunging into severe recession in 2008.

Since then, the country has felt the effects of drastic austerity measures: a 25% cut to public wages, job cuts, pension freezes, and harsh reductions in social security benefits. Purchasing power has dropped dramatically due to salary cuts and price increases.

Two-thirds of Romanians say they have been affected by lay-offs or wage cuts. Cut-backs to healthcare have resulted in rural hospital closures, lack of equipment, fees for previously-free services, staff shortages (related to low wages and high migration), and allegations of corruption and mismanagement.


Vulnerable people struggle most

 


Help arrived at the exact moment Olga needed it

Olga used to live in a one room house with her eight children. She did not have a job and her husband could not endure their poverty and left her for another woman with a better economic situation. Olga’s story is a story about help that arrives when it is needed the most.
 

37-year-old Olga lived in a small one room house with her husband and eight children. The house was not heated. In summer time that was fine because the family was outside all the time. But the winter was a disaster. They improvised a stove with the material they had.

 
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