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!

Our Baby Closet Moms Thank You!

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!

Celebrating the Children

In Romania, June 1st is Children’s Day! Celebrations take place all over the country to make the day special for the children. The play therapists in the hospital organize games and events, such as face painting, magic shows, and balloons. This year we helped by providing 200 bananas for the kids to have a healthy snack for the day. In the After School Program, we let the kids have some extra play time, including using the parachute and playing kickball. But the best part of the day was the surprise ice cream that each class was able to enjoy! The Kid’s Club kids each received some special gifts for the day, like stuffed animals and umbrellas.

Our teachers and volunteers know how special the children are that we have the privilege to work with daily, but it’s still fun for everyone to have a special celebration and for the kids to be reminded just how loved they are!

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Baby in Need of Prayer

IMG_8668S is a baby who first came to us in February. She has spent some time in ICU and some time at home since then, but has spent the majority of the past 4 months with us. We have watched her learn to walk and learn to talk, been a part of her giggles and comforting her tears. She is an adorable bundle of joy, who enjoys company and always blows us a sweet kiss when we leave. We think she is around 18 months old.

Her parents have 4 other children at home, but visit as often as they can. They both have a strong bond with their daughter, but they have been unable to care for her at home because she has a condition called tetralogy of fallot. This is a very rare condition affecting 4 areas of her heart.  People with this condition, however, with the Sofia 3right treatment in early life, live relatively normally and into adulthood. S has already had one heart surgery, but needs another. At the moment her heart struggles to get enough oxygen around her body, and her hands and feet often have a bluish tint. Up to now, she has been too unwell for the surgery, and is limited on the antibiotics she can be given due to her heart condition. This past week, however, she has been recovering well, and it is possible that after one more check up her parents can book an appointment for her surgery in Targu Mures,  approximately a 3 hour drive from Brasov. Her mother will go with her.

Please join us in prayer for S and her family. For wisdom for the doctors and surgeons treating her, for God’s timing for the surgery and for Gods love and faithfulness to be displayed to her and her family throughout this difficult time.

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Unexpected Experiences of Volunteering

IMG_2283Six months ago I was sitting in a minibus riding from Bucharest to Brasov, very exited and not really knowing what to expect of my time volunteering with Firm Foundations Romania. At this point, I didn’t know anyone of Firm Foundations and I didn’t know much about Romania in general. Yesterday I was sitting again in the minibus, this time on the way to go back home. Read more