The story of Aurel and Mariana.

Aurel (b1976) and Mariana (b1974) Baeram were abandoned at birth. Both suffered mental and physical disabilities. Mariana was nicknamed 'Princess'' by the volunteers working in the 'orphanage' Camin Spital at Plataresti in Calarasi district of Romania. Mariana could not walk, spending much of her time confined to bed or the floor, rarely getting outside, feeling the sun on her face. Her brother Aurel, took much care of her in the many institutions they were sent round. The RAP Foundation supported Aurel and 4 other Camin residents to have the opportunity to live in a social apartment in Bucharest Sector 2 and find work in the community. Aurel still maintained strong links with Mariana who remained in the Camin. Aurel from his own money, would weekly visit Mariana and take her food, drinks and goodies.                                                                           In summer 2012, it was noticed that Mariana's sight was quite bad. She was assessed and established she had chronic cataracts. RAP Foundation raised funds for Mariana to have the first eye repaired. Aurel was with her most of the time in the hospital and the Camin when he wasn't working. During the recovery phase, Mariana died from pneumonia in November 2012.                                                                                                   As a resident of the Camin, Mariana 'belonged' to the General Direction of Sector 2. Mariana was buried in the Paupers section of the large cemetery at Cimiturul Straulesti 2, 12km outside Bucharest. Aurel stood alone at the graveside that day.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Aurel visits Mariana as often as he can afford. He has to arrange his own transport a couple of times a month to care for his sister's grave, the journey takes him over an hour on public transport. Aurel is adamant that he wants to keep his sister safe in her resting place. Aurel wishes to be buried with his sister when he dies - "Mariana was my only family in my life and I want to be with her in the afterlife"                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Due to the over-crowding of the Paupers section, every 7 years the graves are recycled, the remains of the person removed, crushed and another dead person is laid in that place. The General Direction of Sector 2 have stated that Aurel cannot have his sister's plot unless he pays for the original cost of the burial. He then will get the ownership of the plot and he will have peace in his heart that they will be together as a family forever.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Aurel receives a small salary as he's employed through the 'disability works scheme' and the cost of purchasing Mariana's plot is £500. Aurel is also extremely keen to save as much as he can to place a covering on the burial site and have a headstone to honour Mariana and mark that both of them existed and were part of our lives.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Aurel Aurel grieves for his sister every day of his life. A few weeks ago, Aurel secured a magnificent tattoo (at a discounted price and sponsored from a private donator in Scotland), of Mariana on his right arm. At the end of the 4 hour ordeal, he 'spoke' to his Mariana tattoo and said "at last, Mariana, you will be with me always'.....                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Hopefully through our network we can help Aurel find the funds to buy his sister's grave and ensure that she remains safe and has a fitting memorial recognising her short life.