Faith Arellano via Crowdrise
August 16, 2012
BENEFITING: FIRM FOUNDATIONS ROMANIA
EVENT DATE: Jul 10, 2013
Ever since I was about fourteen, I've wanted to go to Romania and work with abandoned babies. In Romania, children under the age of two aren't allowed in the orphanages. This law was implemented to cut back on the amount of babies being left on orphanage steps...however; this has led to another problem. Now, women are simply leaving their babies at the hospital. As you can imagine, this leads to an issue that the nurses aren't prepared for - an overrun of babies who need love and attention. Because many of the hospitals are so understaffed, the children don't get nearly enough attention. The primary human contact that these babies get is having a diaper change and getting poked with a needle. This results in failure to thrive.
I started researching the affects of child/parent separation a few years back, and the results moved me deeply. Within the first six months of separation from his mother, a baby has a decline in grey matter in the brain. The child is likely to develop attachment disorders and other mental illnesses. By the time the little ones are old enough to be moved to an orphanage, they have already developed various disorders and end up being institutionalized. I'll spare you the awful details of the institutions, but I will say this - No human child should be crowded into a cell with twenty other naked children that are screaming and hitting themselves. Period. If I can keep even one or two children out of that life, I'll have done what I was put here to do,
Some years ago, a handful of young women started an organization called Firm Foundations Romania. It began with a just couple of ladies who wanted to make a difference. They showed up at the Brasov Children's Hospital with a bag of diapers and compassion in their hearts, thus the beginning of The Hospital Project. They helped the nurses out by changing the babies' diapers. Over the years, the organization expanded. They now have a hand in a village ministry with the gypsy girls, as well as working in the hospitals with the abandoned babies and the terminally ill.
Last December I got in touch with the president of FFR (Firm Foundations Romania) and she started talking with me about volunteer options. I’ve been feeling pulled to Romania for years. In these past months, I’ve been planning a trip to Romania that could last anywhere from three to six months. My goal is to raise 4-8 grand before summer of 2k13 to cover travel and living costs. If, for any reason, I end up returning early I plan on leaving any leftover money with the mission to buy necessities for the babies.
This is where YOU come in. This page is a place for you to learn about my mission and contribute to a worthy cause. Are you ready to be a part of something great??? Donate!