International Volunteers – Testimony in English and German!

Everything started in October 2017. My parents attended a Sarah Vienna concert in my hometown. All excited, they told me about the organization that Sarah Vienna and Steffi Vogel founded in Romania. At that time, I was planning to spend a year overseas in 2018 and had already contacted different organization, but nothing had really captured my heart yet.

Then I read about Firm Foundations Romania. My heart started racing right away when I heard about their work, and I wanted to go there right away. It didn’t take long before I decided to go for ten weeks in the fall of 2018 to volunteer. And I can say – I don’t regret it for one second! I couldn’t really picture the country of Romania or the work I would be doing, but I was positively surprised. I was welcomed with open arms and immediately felt welcomed. When I got home from my first shift, I felt fulfilled. You give love and you receive it back 10 times more! Often friends from home asked me what I do for hours with the babies and if it gets boring. I can tell you, it’s anything but boring. We had dancing sessions with the babies, we sang and listened to Christmas songs, we read books to them, we played, we changed diapers and fed the babies, and we had full conversations with them (yes, it is possible to have conversations with babies!)

As volunteers coming together as a team, we encouraged each other to brave full diapers, helped each other in difficult situations and just enjoyed holding the babies. I love how every person in Firm Foundations Romania is respected. No matter if I was sick or I had an exciting experience – I always had somebody to talk to and someone who cared for me. With other volunteers or visitors from Germany, I got to explore the beautiful nature of Romania and I am totally smitten by the beauty of this country.

I can’t wait to see how big my babies have gotten when I come back! 😊

Alles begann im Oktober 2017. Sarah Vienna gab ein Konzert in meinem Heimatdorf, zu dem meine Eltern gingen. Sie erzählten begeistert von der Organisation, die sie und Steffi Vogel in Rumänien aufgebaut haben. Ich war in dieser Zeit dabei, mein Auslandsjahr für 2018 zu planen und informierte mich bei verschiedenen Organisationen, jedoch hatte mich bisher nichts so wirklich ins Herz getroffen. Ganz anders bei Firm Foundations. Mein Herz ging sofort auf, als ich hörte, was der zentrale Punkt der Arbeit dort ist und hatte Lust, sofort hinzufliegen. Es dauerte dann auch nicht lange, bis ich mich entschied, für zehn Wochen im Herbst 2018 als Freiwillige mitzuarbeiten. Und ich kann sagen – ich bereue keine Sekunde! Es war eine der besten und erfahrungsreichsten Zeiten meines Lebens.

Ich hatte kein Bild von Rumänien und wie das Land und die Arbeit wohl sein würde, und ich wurde so positiv überrascht. Ich wurde mit offenen Armen empfangen, fühlte mich sofort willkommen. Als ich von der ersten Schicht im Krankenhaus kam, fühlte ich mich so erfüllt! Man gibt Liebe und bekommt sie zehnfach zurück! Ich wurde oft von Freunden zuhause gefragt, was man denn stundenlang mit Babies tun kann und ob es nicht langweilig sei. Ich kann sagen, dass es alles andere als langweilig ist. Wir hatten Tanzsessions mit den Babies,  haben Weihnachtslieder gehört und gesungen, vorgelesen, gespielt, gewickelt, gefüttert und geredet (ja, man kann durchaus mit Babies Gespräche führen! 🙂 ). Man ermutigt sich gegenseitig, sich an volle Windeln zu wagen. hilft sich, wenn es zu kniffligen Situationen kommt, lacht gemeinsam, wenn man versucht Rumänisch zu sprechen und genießt es einfach, diese Babies auf dem Arm zu halten. Ich liebe es, dass sich bei Firm Foundations für jeden Einzelnen interessiert wird. Egal ob ich krank war oder ob ich ein aufreibendes Erlebnis hatte – immer hatte ich jemanden zum Reden und es wurde sich gekümmert.

Mit anderen Freiwilligen oder Besuch aus Deutschland habe ich die wunderschöne Natur von Rumänien erkundet und bin absolut begeistert von der Schönheit dieses Landes. Kann es nicht erwarten, zu sehen, wie groß die Babies geworden sind, wenn ich bald wiederkomme! 🙂

Year End Giving – Tax Write Off Opportunity!

Thanks to donors and volunteers, Firm Foundations Romania continues to provide arms of love for the babies, the hospital with diapers, and education for the children in the village.

As 2018 wraps up, we ask that you consider making an end of the year donation. Not only will you be supporting the children in Romania, but you will be able to benefit from a tax write off! It’s a win for everyone.

Checks made out to “Firm Foundations Romania” can be mailed to :

Firm Foundations Romania
c/o Group One Consulting, Inc.
13405 Folsom Blvd., Suite 511
Folsom, CA 95630

For other ways to donate, click here or please contact us at mail@firmfoundationsromania.com if you have any questions.

Blessings of Baby Clothes

Over the years, we have been so blessed with donations of clothes, shoes, and toys to pass on to those around us. One of the ways that we give these items out in the Children’s Hospital is through the Baby Closet. This is when we go to the moms who are staying with their little ones and bring toys, hygiene items, and clothes for their babies. We prepare bundles of clothes throughout the week, and then every Friday morning 2 or 3 of us go throughout a few of the wards to encourage the moms and bring these little gifts to brighten their day. Some of the moms have children who get sick often, so we get to know them after a while and visit throughout the week during hospital shifts. Their babies get to know us too and are so excited when they see us coming with the basket of toys! How sweet to be able to not only take care of the babies and toddlers who are there alone, but also encourage and bless the moms who are staying with their little ones?

Sometimes while going to the moms and their babies, we’ll also have toys for the older kids who are staying there alone. Recently, there was a 12 year old boy who came up to one of us in the hospital and said, “I know you! I was here when I was little and you gave me a toy!” Maybe a toy car doesn’t mean much to some, but to him it meant that we cared and that memory stuck with him. It was a good reminder to stop and visit with the older kids too, and since then we try to have more toys with us to give them.

Thank you to all who have donated so many wonderful items, and to our volunteers who have helped make and distribute these adorable bundles of clothes! You are a blessing to us and to so many families and children.

A Day in the Life of an FFR Hospital Volunteer

Calah recently came from Texas to volunteer with us for 3 months. We are so thankful to have her on our team! Below is an update she wrote after her first week in the Children’s Hospital.

Love can make a difference

Through our work in the Brasov Children’s Hospital, we have the opportunity to care for and love many babies and children. Some we know well and have watched them grow up back and forth between their home and the hospital since shortly after birth, and others are only in for a few days here and […]

Clownin’ Around in the Hospital

In addition to providing love to the babies in the hospital, our volunteers also provide much needed laughter and smiles! How can you help by giggle when you see these two clowns. Thanks girls for providing entertainment to the kids in the hospital, the staff, and to all of us! You are both amazing!

    

Real Men Love Babies – A Male’s Perspective on Volunteering

Born in Romania, Robert has returned to his home country for the first time after his family moved to Canada when he was eight years old. He and his wife are volunteering with Firm Foundations Romania for two months. Robert quickly noted that he was the only male volunteer at this time, as the majority of volunteers who come out are female. Through this interview, Robert wants to make it known that “Real Men Love Babies” and encourage more males to come volunteer as the babies in the hospital need father figures and good role models!

FFR Primetime Live: An Interview with Long Term Volunteers

If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please email us at mail@firmfoundationsromania.com!

Baby Closet – How to Donate for Romanian Babies and Moms in Need

Thanks to all the wonderful donations that we receive, we are able to bless not only the children in our programs and the babies in the hospital, but also the mothers who are staying in the hospital with their sick children.

Sofia’s back in town!

p1020503-2Thank you to everyone who prayed for dear little Sofia. After a temporary delay due to Sofia having the measles, she was admitted into the hospital and had a successful heart surgery. She is now back at the Brasov Children’s Hospital where she will spend the next month getting blood transfusions as needed. Due to her condition she will need to be on medication for life, but she is currently healthy and happy and remains the adorable little girl that all our volunteers love and cherish. Please continue to pray for Sofia as her body continues to heal and praise God for the work that has been done so far!