Ever since the birth of my son, I have become more aware and sensitive toward the underprivileged kids in our communities, and especially kids who don’t have a family. The first stroke of awareness came from an article that talked about neglected kids banging their heads against the walls in a Romanian orphanage. My son was just a month old then; I couldn’t stop my tears. I cannot imagine my son being in that situation – no parent can. And yet, the problem is very real.
The depressing state of Romanian orphanages has been in the news for quite some time now. So when I heard about an opportunity to volunteer with young adults who grew up in Romanian orphanages, I had to take it.
What I will do in Romania
With a team of 10 volunteers, I will be teaching English, computer, and life skills to young adults who grew up in institutional orphanages in Romania. Our hope is that these skills will help them find better paying jobs leading to a better future and will give them the strength to rise above their difficult pasts. Past volunteers have expressed that a heightened sense of community and trusting relationships being built was a major benefit for everyone involved. Several volunteers have chosen to go back for this reason, and I look forward to being part of this community as well.
How you can help
I would greatly appreciate any monetary contribution you can make in helping me raise the funds required for this opportunity. Because I will be working directly with the orphans, I will be able to give you a true account of our activities there, so you can evaluate the impact you’ll have brought in the lives of these orphans as well as in my life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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