The elderly from the Center for the Elderly in Calarasi, cared for by Nepalese

While hundreds of Romanian caregivers go to Austria to take care of the elderly, our grandparents are cared for by Nepalese. 23 caregivers from Nepal work at the Center for the elderly in Calarasi.

Some of them came as early as July 2019, others at the beginning of this year. The coronavirus crisis caught them in the country. They came on a double salary. And since they have food and accommodation provided, they also manage to put money aside.

We are in the town of Nuci, Calarasi county, 30 kilometers from Bucharest. 150 grandparents live in the Elderly Center here.

Mariana Melinger, owner of the Elderly Center: Many of them don’t even know what the coronavirus means, what the pandemic means. That they still watch TV, but practically they are not affected by anything. The same life as they had two months ago.

After the virus reached Romania, the center was closed. Visits were prohibited. As well as employee exits. It was not difficult, because most of the caregivers are Nepalese.

Mariana Melinger, owner of the Center for the elderly: Employees who only went home after two months. When they returned, they were quarantined and tested. Until the result arrived, they were closed. We are in no danger.
Babu is one of the 23 Nepalese who came to work at Nuci. The standard of living in his native country forced him to emigrate.

Khatri Babu, Nepali caregiver: You can find work in Nepal, but the salary is quite low. You can’t save. It’s different here. We send 50 percent to the family, 50 percent we save. I have been here for 15 months. At first it was difficult, because it was something new and I had problems understanding the Romanian language.
He has worked in nine countries, but here he feels the best.

Khatri Babu, Nepalese caregiver: He speaks in Romanian, then in English. After eating, we do sports. At 11 o’clock for a snack, after going to the bathroom, we take a bath. At 15:00 again at the table. Then we give them something to do, to keep them busy. At 17:00 we give them a snack, at 19:00 dinner. And then we take them to the room, dress them in pajamas.

And Dada left his family in Nepal for a double salary.

Pun Dada Sing, Nepali caregiver: Of course I miss my family. Our contract is for two years. I have a family, a little girl.
Mariana Melinger, owner of the Elderly Center: I started with four, six, eight, after 16. I kept multiplying them because I saw that it was good. The labor market has thawed, so Romanian employers are again looking for foreign workers.

Anne Marie Stavri, recruitment company specialist: Workers in Asia are much more conscientious. We are talking about cheaper labor. Workers from Asia come on salaries of 400, 500, 600 dollars. They are willing to work overtime.
30 thousand foreign workers would come to Romania this year.

Source: https://observatornews.ro/social/batrani-calarasi-ingrijiti-nepalezi-363235.html

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