My Romanian roots were the driving force to travel to Romania once again after decades. My husband and I discovered a few little villages and small towns in Transylvania. Of course we were enthusiastic about Brasov, the most beautiful town in Romania!
A few months later an article in a Christian magazine hit our eyes: ‘ The lost children of Brasov’. What a great idea these two young women had about ten years ago! Such a precious work certainly needs support! Celebrating our 50th birthdays we had the opportunity to collect money for FFR, then we got in touch with Steffi Vogel.
We met Steffi shortly after she had traveled with her three beautiful and sweet children to her hometown in Germany for a promotion-tour. Learning about her organization through video and lecture was very touching. Finally, I knew that I wanted to go to Brasov for helping to support the hospital with the kids.
My wish became true in September this year. It was wonderful that my daughter Mariana decided to come with me. It was such a wonderful experience! Sometimes we were impressed, horrified, surprised, thankful, sad, hopeful, motivated… I think we were well informed before starting as volunteers. We had studied the homepage and several times we had watched the video of Sarah’s sad but beautiful song ‘unwanted’. Each time we had tears in our eyes.
However, seeing little babies sit in their barred beds all day was heart breaking. There they would spend most of the days without Mum and Dad or any toys. Children want to get out, need movement, need love and care. So during the shifts all the helpers put the babies out of their cribs to play with them, to laugh with them, to change their diapers and to feed them. By playing with them, hugging the little children, you earn an enchanting smile. So we fell in love with them immediately. They are so cute, so beautiful and thankful for any care. It’s a sad moment when the shift is over and you have to leave them crying. The next day, everything is forgiven, they smile and look forward to the time you will spend with them.
Looking back, we are so happy that we had the chance to go there, and we are planning to go there a second time. We would be glad if our report called out some of you coming to help as well!
Thanks to the FFR-team, long- and short-volunteers, we wish you all the best, God bless you!
Constance & Mariana