Mission Without Borders (MWB) supports families and elderly people living in poverty to survive through the winter by providing warm winter clothing and boots, and firewood or briquettes. Ecaterina and her children are enrolled in MWB’s family sponsorship program – and as well as receiving practical support, they are also visited regularly by Pavel, the family coordinator.
For widows and single parents like Ecaterina, the state provides a small monthly allowance until the child turns three years old, after which he is able to attend kindergarten and the parent can theoretically get a job. In reality, it’s not easy to find work and juggle it alongside childcare. Ecaterina’s needs are great and without the support of MWB, she would struggle to manage.
Recently the family was delighted when Pavel arrived at their home with briquettes for the winter, as well as warm winter coats and boots for the children. He also brought the food parcel they regularly receive. The children were overjoyed, and Sebastian immediately put his new boots and jacket on.
MWB Coordiantor Pavel gives Sebastian a new donated winter coat.
“OK, tomorrow I'm going to school like this!” the little boy said happily, running through the muddy yard.
“He says that from today onwards, he will only wear this coat,” said Ecaterina. “And my new boots, too!” Sebastian added with enthusiasm. Ecaterina said, “I don't remember the last time my children got something new."
“I’m also thankful for the pasta and rice Pavel brings us; this helps us a lot to save up to buy other things we need.”
The twins, Alina and Carolina, also excitedly put on their new coats and boots and began running around. One took the cat in her arms; the other went to have fun on the swing. On this cold, muddy day, the children’s lively energy filled the gloomy yard with joy. Even their old house seemed to light up in their presence.
After all the excitement, Ecaterina and the children went inside to warm up. Ecaterina lit the fire, putting some heating briquettes on.
Ecaterina said, “We can keep our home warm now, thanks to these briquettes that Pavel brought us. Sometimes I still buy some firewood for lighting the fire, or I use twigs from the vineyard if there are any left, but the briquettes keep the ember burning for a long time. They save us and make our home warm enough for the three coldest months of the winter. This way I have enough money for kindergarten and school."