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Review for Romanian Children's Relief, Reston, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

July 24, 2012 our service partner Romanian Children’s Relief/ Fundatia Inocenti welcomed us at the main headquarters in Bistrita. We met with the Executive Director, Marin Mic and his team where we learned about the history of the organization. After the international exposure of the orphanages during the end of communism, the organization was developed to address the debts that children and families paid for Chiosescu. Based on the needs of the communities, programs grew to address the problem of abandoned children in the hospitals, classes for new mothers, foster families and disabled children (early intervention). Outside of the programs, the NGO hosts two annual activities, the Special Olympics and a Charity Gala.
Following the introduction, the group divided into two where some students went to tour the hospital with Maria and Laura the 
Child Life Managers. They were able to visit the playroom for children in recovery and learn the responsibility of the Social Workers. Some even had the unique experience to see two of the five abandoned babies (3 who were premature and in the a different unit of care). It was heart heavy experience. Throughout our time the organization gave us great access to their personnel to learn from experts and opportunities to explore our personal interests. Also many of us enjoyed interacting with the children in a culturally sensitive way thanks to our great training and understanding of the programs.

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Role:  Volunteer