The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992, is simply breathtaking. Covering an area in the south-eastern part of Romania with a surface of 5,500 square km and a population of only approximately 15,000 people, the Danube Delta is home to 300 species of birds and 45 types of freshwater fish, along with many other creatures great and small. Its most famous inhabitant of all- the pelican- presides over a vast array of lush forests and lakes. It’s therefore not difficult to understand why thousands of visitors flock to the Delta each year to bask in the unspoiled beauty and tranquility of the reserve and to catch a glimpse of the protected wildlife.
For the human inhabitants of the Delta, however, life can be harsh. It is one of the least inhabited regions of temperate Europe, and local commerce is mostly limited to fishing, agriculture and tourism. With much of it being subsistence only, many local communities lack basic services such as electricity and running water.
In 2004, Salvati Delta, a Romanian NGO, was founded with the primary aim of protecting the Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve and of improving the lives of the children and low-income families who live and work on the Delta.
Earlier this year, Monsanto Romania was asked by Salvati Delta if we would be interested in supporting a project in which presents such as books, toys and chocolate Easter bunnies were delivered to 982 children in communities around the Delta. Our team in Romania was more than happy to help.
Monsanto Romania organised a fundraiser to raise much needed funds for the presents, and on the 18th of April, volunteers from Salvati Delta left the port of Tulcea with a boat full of gifts to be delivered to schools in the towns of Maliuc, Gorgova and Partizani.
Part of our commitment as a company is to improve the lives of those in the communities in which we work and live. Monsanto employees in Romania–and indeed, around the world–are active members in their respective communities. Monsanto Romania hopes that this kind of contribution to helping local communities becomes a tradition, providing support and spreading a little cheer and happiness to those most in need.
Donations for the communities in the Danube Delta are always much appreciated and much needed; you, too, can donate here (in Romanian).