Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Tuesday, November 3 (Mary Beth)
Back to masks, the children don’t like them and neither do we. We understand the need for them thought, the kids don’t.
Mihaela and Ionela sitting potty chairs twice a day amid a lot of hoopla.
Evan sent her pictures of Andreea to Andreea’s family who have taken her home. It was her 4th birthday and they are a nice gift for the family. Evan, as usual went the extra mile.
I’m grateful for finding this microcosm of generosity and love.
Friday October 23 (Evan)
Thought for the Day (Mary Beth)“I, like most people, long to feel at home, wherever I go.” Maya Angelou
I can’t believe a week has almost passed. The babies continue to be mostly charming, sometimes cranky, and always keep us busy. The food continues to be surprisingly good after some of my previous experiences. And the company is congenial. So all in all, things are going well. Ion is close to taking his first steps. In fact, he may have although it is sometimes hard to tell what is accidental. Petre won’t look me in the eye but I’m working on it. And much to our dismay, sweet Ema Elena went to the hospital Wed. night for severe constipation. Mary Beth thinks it may be a side effect of her seizure medication. We hope she is better and back soon. The room is not the same without her. I’m dealing with not having “Big” Andreea here. I gave two pictures of Andreea with Nicoletta to Nicoletta and that made me happy. Too tired to walk at lunch yesterday. I’m hoping the babies given us enough exercise! Time to check email. Elizabeth sent me the Thoughts for the Day I had compiled so we’re in business.
Monday, October 19th (Mary Beth)
Thought for the Day (Evan) “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)
We got to tour the hospital today courtesy of Dr. Delia. It’s efficient, clean and quite well equipped: I’m impressed. All the babies knock my socks off.
- I had extra arms.
- We could go outside.
- The world was peaceful and they all had loving homes.
But for now, I’ll use the arms I’ve got, stay inside, and hope for the best. How happy I am to have found Global Volunteers and what a good choice they made hiring Dan (and Mihaela I’m sure) and organizing everything well enough to bring Evan back for the 4th time. Here’s to the next 14 days with the princes and princesses of Tutova!
Sunday, October 18 (Evan)
Here we are – a team of two. Well, let’s say three counting Dan. Small, but mighty. I feel very fortunate to be on this team with Mary Beth. Not only is she a nurse with 30 years of experience, she reads the New Yorker just like me. And, just like me she was behind in her reading and brought several with her. After breakfast we had a lovely and not too chilly walk through the village. I was excited to see more foliage than in my previous visits during winter. Dan did orientation with us – which went remarkably quickly given our small numbers.
Our team goals:
- To help the babies
- To learn about the clinic and culture
- To let the nurses and aides lead the way
- And, my personal favorite To have fun
I am excited to be so close to the clinic. A 5-minute walk and we were scooping babies out of cribs. Lucky to have a bit of get to know you time with them. There are both familiar and new faces. And of course I am missing my little, also known as “Big” Andreea, who has gone home. All in all a good thing for her I hope. Here’s to 3 wonderful weeks!
Monday, August 24, 2009
As with every Global Volunteers team, our projects in Romania are geared toward meeting our commitment to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Our Romania Partnership addresses three of those goals: To Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; To Reduce Child Mortality; and To Achieve Universal Primary Education.
Every volunteers works eight hours a day in project preparations and on-site work. We're committed to full-time assistance to the work project. During the July team:
19 children were fed and cared for
1720 Hours of childcare provided by volunteers
$800 USD in food was donated
20 students were taught English
8 Childcare workers salaries were provided
$1800 USD provided for childcare worker salaries
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
This posting by a Global Volunteers team member describes an optional weekend activity during our standard service program. For a description of our service program work projects, please refer to previous posts available through the "older posts" link.
Hello! I have so much to write since I last blogged!
Saturday morning Erin (my roommate) and I hurredly got ready (because we both overslept for the first time since being here.) We met our driver and tour guide at 8:30 in the parking lot of the hotel and departed for our weekend. It was a VERY long trip to the painted monasteries, however watching the beautiful countryside of Romania was enjoyable along the way. There are hills here that are beautiful! It seemed as though we traveled through a valley most of the way, so there were hills all around us. The road was very windy and bumpy (2 lanes the entire way). I can't remember the names of the painted monasteries, but we arrived at one and got to look around at the little stands outside. The monasteries were incredible! Painted on the inside and outside of the monasteries where pictures that told biblical stories. Also, on the inside of one of the chambers were 365 pictures (each representing a day of the year). I could go on and on about the things we learned about these monasteries, but it is too much to type.
Next we had lunch at a Romanian home. We started out with a "shot" of plum brandy. Whew! That warmed my insides! We also had homemade wine that was good. The food was also good, but much like what we have had everywhere else. Then we shopped at their little stand. They have beautiful shirts that they sew. I saw one that I thought was cute (looked like a baby's dress). Apparently, it was a shirt. My team members urged my to try it on, and I did and then they talked me into buying it. It was 60 leu (translates into 20 bucks). I guess it will be my Romanian souvenir for myself. Next we went to the black pottery workshop. Again, many beautiful items for very good prices. Our last stop was at another painted monastery. It was a short stop because it was raining fairly hard. I think we were gonna stop at another monastery, but we opted not too because of the time. We went to Iasi ("yash") and spent the night. Most of the group stayed at a 2 star hotel, which according to American standards would probably be a 3 star hotel. Our tour guide, Radu, is my same age (24) and was kind enough to accompany the girls out to a local pub. He also brought his roommate with him and we all had a great time. I'm pretty sure that without their help, we would not have been able to order anything from the menu or find our way home! It was obvious that we were Americans, because when songs in English came on, we were the only ones going crazy on the dance floor! We got home pretty late, but Radu let us sleep in since we were on "vacation". We met Radu and the other women (who stayed in different, 4 star hotel) at 10 on Sunday and began our tour of "Iasi". It is a very beautiful city and there is much to do and see there . We saw many different places of worship including a Catholic church. We were not able to go inside though. We ate lunch at a nice place and souvenir shopped for a few minutes in the mall there. We arrived back in Tutova around 6:30 and had a relaxing evening.
Friday, May 29, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
No, I haven't been changing dirty diapers. This is the Romanian word for little kisses on a cheek. We have been giving the babies lots of "poops."
We arrived at the clinic today to find our little twins Mihaela and Gabriela off to the hospital in Barlad for tests. Hopefully they will be back soon. Maddy, the 6 week old in isolation is going to Iasi the big city for surgery. He was born with his rectum outside of his body. There is another baby in isolation who was born without most of her limbs. She is not expected to live. They are in isolation because they are new and are kept separate to ensure they don't get germs from the other kids.
Other clinic news: a cute moment yesterday when the pre-school teacher arrived at 2:00 and little Alexandra saw her and immediately stopped what she was doing to go with her. Alexandra is the little girl with dwarfism and brittle bone disease. She is 6 years old but quite small and doesn't walk. Another cute moment when 2 year old Alexandru called out "Anna" to another Anna Maria and motioned for her to walk with him down the hall. Most of the kids don't speak.