In August we took an exceptional group of Young Volunteer Girls to Moldovia. Aid from the UK had been previously sent out to our contacts Cristi and Alina Dumbraveeanu who run a lovely orphanage in Botosani. Here is the story of their trip.
Day 1 Today we purchased the school supplies for the 100 rucksacks and then filled them all. Pens , pencils, rulers, felts, exercise books, rubbers, pencil cases and painting sets are just some of the required items.
Great team work from all the girls. We also shopped for the 200 sandwiches we are making up tomorrow and sorted out clothes that we are taking to the same families. We also visited a child protection unit. A busy day but most enjoyable.
Day 2 Today was a long tiring day physically but mostly emotionally. We began by making up 60 bags of mixed clothing and then made 220 sandwiches with an apple and some crisps and packed them into bags. Great team work by the girls, Ola and Laura.
We then distributed food, clothes, rucksacks and toys. It was distressing to see where the children have to live and the girls were affected. It’s hard for adult helpers so we can only keep reminding them that they really are helping changing lives, today they fed children, today they enabled children to go to school, today they clothed families.
What did you do today ?
Day 3 Today was our day off and a sightseeing day and we certainly made the most of it!
We went to the border of Ukraine, visited a pottery where we all had a little try at the wheel, some beautiful items of pottery on display, then off to the very stunning Monastery of Stephen The Great with its beautiful gold alter. Lastly, we climbed a mountain. This area has the most wonderful scenery and Cristi and Alina took us on a the most beautiful road trip. Thank you x
Day 4 Another busy day which started with sorting out YOUR donated clothes and putting them into bags for families. The girls had a little while playing with the children from the Orphanage but we can’t show all the photos for child protection reasons.
We then visited a sad situation with two mentally ill people who aren’t able to cope to see if we could help clear up a flat but they didn’t want any assistance!
We spent the afternoon visiting equally poor communities delivering backpacks to children and clothes to families.
Day 5 A long full day again. The youth trips are hard work, we pack in a lot ! We shopped for food to make 100 plus sandwiches and for sweets to take as gifts to the state Orphanage. The girls have got the sandwich making down to a fine art so we had time to play with Christi and Alinas children before setting off to visit a state run home for the elderly , a state Orphanage and many communities of families delivering food and clothes. There was much singing in the mini-bus and a meal out for the girls. They are all full of questions as to why there is poverty ?
Day 6 Last full day, so we spent it with the children at the Orphanage. In the morning we walked to the park and some went on the boating lake whilst the primary age children choose to go on the bouncy castle and trampoline. We had ice creams and the younger children purchased slime and water guns for endless hours of us being soaked ! In the afternoon we took nearly all the Orphanage to see Christopher Robin at the cinema which was much enjoyed by all. Interestingly nearly all the Children put on their new clothes which YOU had donated to go out in ! ( see photos ) In the evening we were treated to a farewell BBQ and one of the Children presented us with a framed photograph and a beautiful drawing . Our hosts have made us SO welcome, the children are a delight and so well behaved and polite. The older children are so helpful and we really will miss them.
We are home safe but exhausted! Ola, Laura and I took four anxious and somewhat nervous girls to Romainia and we brought home four girls full of compassion, totally aware of Charity issues and wanting to better the lives of children in poverty in the future.
The hotel had a swimming pool and games room but the girls worked such long hours we didn’t have a chance to use them.
They have been a pleasure to work with, always on time, nothing too much trouble and always wanting to do more. Absolutely fantastic ambassadors of Little Edi Foundation and their parents should be especially proud.
As previously mentioned, adults find these trips hard so no doubt these experiences will take a while to sink in for these young girls. The Little Edi Foundation does not stop here though, girls will take part in a “passing it on “ programme where they will participate in talking to other youth about these trips and their personal experience.
The girls have certainly changed children’s lives and in turn changed their own.