Thursday, April 8, 2010

April 3rd-8th

This week began with the start of a new Global Volunteers team in Tutova, and my fourth week here with the children on this trip. We have had nine volunteers this week, but three will be heading home to the U.S. on Saturday. Our orientation day happened to be on Easter, and we were able to participate in a Romanian Easter tradition involving cracking hard boiled eggs against each other until one person is left with a whole egg. After a good run by Amanda, our winner was John, our youngest teammate. Some of us were also able to view a midnight candlelit walk to the town cemetery by the village people on the night we arrived (Easter morning). Romanians celebrate three days of Easter, lasting Sunday-Tuesday. Wednesday was National Healthcare Workers Day, so the many of the staff members at the hospital were given the day off then as well. Let's just say the new volunteers were pros at multitasking and feeding multiple children at once within our first few days! We have also been very lucky the past few days to be able to take many of the children outside. The children love exploring the hospital grounds and resting on blankets in the sun!

Some events that past volunteers may be interested in:
-Denisa Elena went home with her mom
-Sammy will be leaving for the CPS institution in Barlad as early as next week
-Andrei will be going home with his mom soon
-Daria Roxana's mom has visited three times in the last week
-Andreea's family on her father's side visited on Easter Monday
-Ionela is doing very well back with her family

Swinging In The Sun

Daniela and Ion

Outside Playtime

Alina and Alexandra

Me with Alina

Amanda and Dorothy Stretching Maria

John and Roxana

Denisa Heading Home With Her Mom

Sunday, April 4, 2010


I am now back in the States after another fulfilling trip to Tutova. It was just over 24 hours ago that I was saying goodbye to the kids, my new friends (both human and canine) and Romania. In our last week, Spring had sprung in the countryside. Flowers and trees were budding, the days warmer. Three weeks seems so long at the beginning and so short at the end. I am already missing Andreea's twinkling eyes and smile, being charmed by the new babies, Sami's outrageous faces and walk (dead-on impression of Frankenstein) and Cristi's funny vocalizations....gung-gadong, gung-gadong, gung-gadong.

My teammate, Laura, wrote this in our daily journal.

"I would like to thank the babies of Tutova. We've talked about how sad and difficult their lives are (and this is true) but in many ways, they've already done more to impact the world than many people ever will. These babies unite strangers from all over the world with different life experiences, religions, political views. The babies have opened our hearts to love more, understand more and to do more. So thank you to all the babies of Tutova- past and present. The world is a better place because you exist."

I couldn't have said it any better.

I will see you soon, Romania!