The humanitarian work carried out by the Sovereign Order of Malta in Romania since 1991 is still a priority, Baron Jacob Kripp, the new ambassador of the Order to Romania, stated for the daily Romania Libera. The Maltese Aid Service in Romania has expanded to 17 branches countrywide and its headquarters are located in Cluj. 1,200 volunteers are conducting 100 social programs aimed at helping 4,000 beneficiaries. The projects focus on children and youths, elderly persons, and persons with disabilities. An annual budget of EUR 1 million is necessary to support these projects, Ambassador Jacob Kripp said. In this respect, funds need to be drawn from sponsorships, particularly provided by companies, but natural persons as well. All those interested can direct 2 percent of their tax to help the cause. One of our major concepts is called ‘meals-on-wheels,’ by which volunteers deliver food to elderly and ill people’s homes.