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Remembering Romania

Just when you think volunteers forget their experience of volunteering in Romania with FFR, a Facebook message comes in like this from one of our treasured volunteers, Shawny.

Brighten Up the Staff at the Orphanage

Have you ever been in a hospital or doctor’s office where the nurses wear printed scrub tops? These cute patterns and bright colors make everything a bit cheerier! In Europe it’s very difficult to find printed scrubs tops, so nurses are always commenting on the cute scrubs that our volunteers wear. We know how hard […]

A Sweet Swedish Volunteer Comes to Romania

I come from a wonderful little place, far, far away.. It’s white and snowy as far as the eye can see, mostly dark all day long this time of year and its cold so you’ll need layers of clothes when you leave the front door. This wonderful little planet of make-believe is called Sweden.

Feel at home at Calvary Chapel Brasov

casaThis past Sunday Calvary Chapel re-opened its doors in Brasov, Romania! Nicu Hagiu, who assists with our projects and is the husband of Silvana, one of our After School Program teachers, has been praying about starting a church plant. Read more

Party With A Purpose

Tis
the season for eggnog, cookies and parties galore. It’s also the season
for family, giving and goodwill. We were blessed to be the recipient of
such goodwill in Raleigh, NC where an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was
held in honor of Firm Foundations Romania.
 
The
Zorzi family – Heather and Abrianna Zorzi being volunteers for FFR –
threw a lovely house party, inviting all of their friends to come
celebrate the season while also giving back.
 
Food
and drink were flowing, neighbors chatted and played games and a good
time was had by all. Halfway through the evening, Sarah Vienna, Heather
Zorzi and Jennifer Peterkin were able to share about FFR and sing one of
Sarah’s songs, “Seeds For Destiny”.
 
 

Through
something as simple and fun as a house party we were able to get people
together, share about Romania, raise funds and recruit new volunteers!

Party With A Purpose

Tis the season for eggnog, cookies and parties galore. It’s also the season for family, giving and goodwill. We were blessed to be the recipient of such goodwill in Raleigh, NC where an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was held in honor of Firm Foundations Romania

Romania Fara Orfani by Sarah Peters

Sarah Peters is one of FFR’s interns. She, along with fellow intern Izzy Hathaway, manage the volunteer apartment, help organize donations, supervise shifts in the hospital and lend helping hands wherever they are needed. We are so thankful for our interns!
 

This November, Izzy, Rachel
and I had the privilege of attending a conference organized by the
alliance Romania Without Orphans. At the conference, we heard from
Romanian politicians, a director of social services, social workers,
families who have adopted, charity workers, church pastors and young
adults raised in institutions, now supporting other orphaned and
abandoned children.
Here discussions revolved around these views:

  •  Children should not be raised by the state, but in a family.
  • Adoption
    is not currently viewed as a priority by many in Romania, so we need to
    motivate a culture of adoption across Romania, to care for the children
    in institutional care.
  •  All children have a voice, and where some children may have lost theirs, we should help them find it.
  •  Children who have experienced trauma in their lives need love, support and safety – all children deserve that.
  •  Supporting
    families so they don’t have to leave the country for work, or abandon
    their children, putting preventative and early intervention models in
    place.
  •  ‘Because God cares about the orphaned and abandoned children, ‘si noua ne pasa’, we also care.
It
was a wonderful opportunity for us to network with other people working
in Romania with the same heart, and it was so inspiring to see so many
people, especially Romanians, committing to working towards ‘Romania
fara orfani’, Romania without orphans.

Meet Our New Teens!

Autumn is in the air! And with the change of season comes a new school year full of possibilities. We hope that the teen girls that have joined our High School Mentorship program this year will reach their goals and taste the sweetness of brand new experiences. These girls have moved out of their homes in Budila into our second teen apartment (we are so blessed to need more space). We ask that you pray for these girls, their studies, their relationships with each other and their personal relationship with Jesus. Pray that they would be undaunted during this new adventure!

 

Diana Denisa Burmaru
Diana is 15 years old and has just started 9th grade, studying culinary arts. She loves to cook and one day would like to be the chef at her own restaurant.

Denisa Florea
Denisa is also 15 years old and has just started the 9th grade, studying culinary arts, as well. She and Diana go to the same school and have the same dream of owning their own restaurant. They encourage each other and are close friends, even sharing the same room in the teen apartment!

Rebeca Denisa Lingurar
Rebeca is 15 years old and just started 9th grade. She is studying electromechanics at the moment, but hopes to one day become a secretary and a make-up artist.

 

Rebeicca Marias
Rebeicca is 15 years old and just started 9th grade. She is studying to become a hair dresser and one day she hopes to be the principal hair dresser in her own salon.

 

Izabela Brumar
Izabela is 15 years old and has just started 9th grade. She is studying social studies and hopes to one day become a police officer. We ask that you keep Izabela and her dream in your prayers as her family does not want her to pursue that line of work.

Estera Constantin
This is a face many of you may recognize! Estera is 19years old and has just started 11th grade, studying fashion. In her free time she loves to do
different hair styles. Estera has a gift for both fashion and hair and one day she hopes to be qualified in clothing design and hair dressing so that she can run her own business.

VNO – Volunteers Night Out

One of the best things about working in Romania is all of the different people we get to meet! We have volunteers from all over the world come to hold babies in the Brasov Children’s Hospital and to love on our kids in Budila. Every once in awhile, though, we get to take a break from that and spend time together as a team – having fun and getting to know each other! Thursday proved to be one of those times at Cafe Mado on Republicii.

Abrianna & Andreea
Raluca, Abrianna & Andreea
Dominique, Derrick, Ashley & Lauren

Erin, Becky & Holly
Rachel, Steffi, Melanie & Mary
Sarah, Heather & Loredana
The whole crew!
Costel with his sister, Andreea