Happy Birthday! It’s a Celebration!

Do you remember as a child how exciting it was when your birthday was approaching? You’d start counting down the days, planning your birthday party, and making a list of what you were asking for. Then when the birthday past, the first question was “how long until my next birthday?”

Can you imagine not knowing your birthday or ever celebrating? It’s a hard concept to grasp, but many children in the village don’t know when their birthdays are and have never celebrated this special day. Some of the children don’t even know their own age.

At the After School Program, we know how important it is for a child to know his or her birthday and to know that he or she is special enough to be celebrated for being alive! Once a month we have a party for all the children who had birthdays in that month. The children get so excited and feel so loved. It’s a joyous occasion, filled with cakes and balloons and even party hats. So for all the children in our After School Program who will be celebrated this year, Happy Birthday!

Precious Moments – Volunteer Testimony

Volunteering for 5 weeks with Firm Foundations Romania was one of the most heartwarming and special experiences I have ever had. Caring for babies in need in the hospital, helping out at the After School Program in Budila and meeting all of the wonderful people driven by love and compassion was absolutely amazing.

When I first arrived I had such a strong sense of calm and despite Brasov being somewhere I had never been before, it felt so familiar like a second home. Everyone in FFR is so welcoming and dedicated, understanding and accepting. The foundations of this organisation are grounded in love and compassion. The wonderful people of FFR act upon their love for God and their actions are straight from the heart. Nothing warmed my heart more than holding and singing to the babies and nothing broke my heart more than leaving the babies at the end of a shift.

Overall, my time in Brasov is a collection of small moments that are so precious that they will remain with me. Thank you for this opportunity – I will be back!

~ Written by Merran from Scotland