English is a universal language; but after years of working with volunteers, we’ve learned that some words are not as universal. One example we run into in the hospital is that in America babies wear diapers, but in England babies wear nappies. Steffi, our German, decided to quiz Australia, England, and America to help us all learn a few more words and become more universal in the English language!
In this exclusive, Sarah Vienna interviews her sister Christine Pasta (Tina) about using her baking talents in Romania. Tina brought her supplies all the way from the USA to teach children and teens in Romania about how to decorate cupcakes. Everyone enjoyed learning how to make beautiful cupcakes, and of course eating them! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to see how you can use your talents to teach, inspire, and love the children in Romania.
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!
Firm Foundations Romania’s hospital project is successful because of the international volunteers who come to love and hold the babies who are there without parents. In 2016 we had over 70 volunteers from 10 different countries come to help and assist our projects. We appreciate each volunteer who comes, and we are especially thankful when volunteers return after their initial visit. Jackie Caetano first volunteered with us in 2014 and was able to return again this past February.
Jackie is the one and only volunteer we have had from Gibraltar! Many people have heard of the Rock of Gibraltar, but not many people actually live there. But Jackie is one of them and we were very happy to have her back. Jackie shared about her volunteer experience with her local newspaper and an article was printed about Firm Foundations Romania in the Gibraltar Chronicle. What a great way to spread the word about volunteering and about what FFR is doing in Romania! Thank you Jackie for sharing this article with us and we look forward to having you volunteer with us again soon.
Please click HERE (Gibraltar Chronicle) to read the full article.
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!
We would like to introduce our Austrian volunteer Teresa Brandstatter, who is volunteering with FFR for three months. Sarah Vienna interviewed Teresa about life in Austria and her volunteer experience. Read more
If you are interested in joining our volunteer team, please email us at email@example.com!
Two very exciting things happened at the orphanage in May and June! In May, we organized a scrub drive in order to give each nurse a new cute scrub top. The scrubs they normally wear are very plain and some nurses do not have any at all.