Thursday, February 10, 2011

Romania Service Program

I leave tomorrow for Romania. There are 5 of us on this team - going to care for abandoned or disabled infants and toddlers at the Tutova Clinic. As a single mom myself, I can only stay for 1 week. Others on the team will stay for 2 or 3 weeks.

My travels will take me through Amsterdam to Bucharest. My Romanian colleague, Dan, will pick us up at the airport Saturday afternoon. Then we travel to Barlad, which I believe is a 4 to 5 hour drive. The actual service program begins with our evening meal on Saturday. I can't wait to see my other Romanian colleague, Mihaela, and meet the volunteers.

The Tutova Clinic cares for severely underweight babies who arrive shortly after birth to be nurtured back to health. The babies are generally scheduled to stay at the clinic for about a year, or until they can be reunited with their families. Unfortunately, in 25% of the cases, the parents never return.

Stay tuned for daily updates - that's the goal anyway!



Anonymous said...

Bonnie, I will be following your blog as Ed and I think that Romania will be our next Global Volunteers trip. Safe travels. Pam Ward

Pat's Romanian Journal said...

Hi Pam -- I hope that you and Ed are able to go to Romania. I was there in February 2010, and again just this past January. It's a wonderful program! If you would like to see some pictures, or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me.

Pat Biswanger
Romania Volunteer from Bryn Mawr, PA

M Maida said...

Bonnie, looking forward to reading about what you're doing and seeing during your week! Mary M