Working with various partners, I see a desperate need for storage space or logistic centre. Relief supplies or humanitarian aid is coming to Romania from various directions. They are often still needed, but good logistics and good organization is often a struggle. If goods can be used properly, there is a lack of storage space and I see things here and there, whether or not covered with a tarpaulin just laying outside, or cargo vans are used to store.
Sometimes objects are piled too high or there is no overview at all of what is actually received. As a result, there is also a lack of good distribution to the right people. If there are incidental promotions, such as Christmas gifts which are donated from abroad, sometimes storage space has to be rented temporarily and it is sometimes questionable whether it is a good storage space (sometimes it is too humid) and this also costs extra money. The space also has to be empty before the lease expires, so there is again pressure on distribution.
Because there is no overview available, I can often not answer the question whether certain things are necessary: is clothing needed? What kind of clothes? Can you still use a laptop? Are other things needed?
I personally believe that less is needed than years ago. There are also second-hand clothes shops in Romania, but sometimes people don’t even have the money to buy. Much is still needed, but if there is an overview, a list, in collaboration with partners and a safe place to store, it is easier to answer such questions and we can work more productive on the distribution of aid.
This resulted in a dream for the construction of a depot / distribution center in or near Oradea. A center that is easily accessible for trucks, whether or not from abroad, but at the same time also easily accessible for us from the city, so that we do not have to drive long. A depot where goods can be sorted and stored until they are further distributed to the people who need them, close by or further away, in Romania or Moldova or Ukraine.
At the moment there are two local organizations that I would like to share this depot with, but of course this can grow, for example create some space for rent. I see these organizations struggling, but I also see them reaching out to the right people who desperately are in need for those supplies. It seems they do this without getting tired!, with various people around them, volunteers and professionals. It reaches many people of all ages and backgrounds: children, the elderly, families, mothers with children, addicts, victims of violence, teenagers, etc.
If you have a dream like theirs, but you can’t build here yourself, or be in Romania, help to make it happen! This way you would be living out your dream and be a support for those who we can be reached also on your behalf!