Camp Kit for A Homeless Child!

It’s that time of year again!!! For those of you that don’t know, every summer, Hope Rescue Centre takes over 35 homeless children out of Bucharest for a week long camp in the mountains.

Not only do these children get to experience a camp with music, games and activities. But they get the basics that we so often take for granted… showers, beds and hot meals.

This camp is paid for and run by high schoolers from my home church in California, including transport, accommodation, food and field trips to local touristy spots but their basics necessities are not covered. These children show up to a week long camp with nothing but the clothes on their back.

With your help and support, I can make each child coming to camp a “camp kit” that includes brand new clothing such as:

– a pair of shoes
– pair of flip flops
– pajamas
– shorts
– shirts
– socks
– underwear
– track suit
– hat
– toothbrush
– deodorant

The cost of a fully funded “camp kit” is $50, 40 GBP or around 200 lei BUT any donation helps.  No donation is too small! Here is the donation link:

http://www.gofundme.com/camp-kit-for-homeless-child

For those of you in Bucharest who have the time to shop for a child, please contact me directly and I can give you the information you will need to do so! (Through Facebook is easiest!)

This time last year I was overwhelmed with the local and international support given to these children. Ill never forget how happy these children were to receive brand new clothing for the first time ever. I hope this year we can do the same for them.

Thank you in advance for your generosity and love for these children!

Camilla

Easter in Romania!

Easter in Romania is celebrated on the Orthodox Easter date which was yesterday! I hope everyone who celebrated both yesterday AND the week before had an amazing day! Thankfully, in Bucharest, the weather has turned and it has been in the 70’s all week! I was able to spend the day on my friend’s balcony playing dominoes and eating steak in the sun! Perfect Easter Sunday! In the Orthodox churches here, you go to church at midnight the night before Easter and light a candle with hundreds of other people! It is very culturally different from anything we do in the western world and I love it! It is one of my favorite traditions in this country!

This week we were able to bless over 60 families with food packages for Easter. It is always great to see their smiling faces when we bless them with the basics like eggs, oil, rice, peas, pasta etc etc. Here are a few pictures from the week:

 

Unfortunately, I am kind of jaded with the conditions these families live in. Nothing really shakes me like it did years ago. Its unfortunate but its also become my normal after almost 6 years here.

We were delivering our final packages to “Hasdeu” Hasdeu is an abandoned building near the famous People’s Palace with dozens of families and many many children.  Its where Gwynn Lewis gave his testimony, its where I first delivered Christmas gifts over 5 years ago. We have visited there for over 3 years for Christmas, to take some of the children to camp, and even to hold church there.  When we went to visit the entire vibe had changed.  There were NO children. All of the children had been taken to orphanages or foster homes because this place had become a complete drug dungeon. Mothers and fathers that we had visited for years had become so sickly and addicted, they were almost unrecognizable. It was hard to see.  But even harder to know that its unlikely I will ever see these children again.

 

Praying that their life now is better, happier and healthier.

Blessings from Bucharest,

Camilla

 

The Craciun Family!

Just a quick little update with what I have been up to the last couple of weeks.  The Craciun family is one in a million. I am not sure what I have shared about them in the past but this is a family with seven children, no father, and absolutely nothing.  Here are the conditions they live in.

These photos are from October when my cousin and her husband and children came out to donate clothes to them. The weather now is harsh! Last week was -16 and snowing every day. Thankfully it has started to warm up and spring has sort of arrived.  Thankfully some of the Market of Hope money was used to buy them fire wood so they could heat their one room “home” Like I said in my last post, with the MOH money I am also able to buy them food so they have lunch to take to school and start their day with a good breakfast. Here is what my cart looks like every week or two!

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Along with providing them food for the week. I also cook lunch for them when we meet a few times a week. All of this money so far has been donated from Market of Hope so thank you to all of you who were involved.

Because last week was a snow week, we were able to meet everyday. They are stuck in a one “room” place with seven family members so its good for them to get out and meet at our office daily.  We played lots of new games last week (all in English of course) like Bingo, and Go Fish. And on Thursdays, all of the kids take showers. They usually share the same old towel (all 5 of them!) so I posted on Facebook to see if anyone would consider donating money to buy them each one-  the next day I was able to buy them each a new towel for Thursdays! Here is what we were up to last week!

 

This week we celebrated “Women’s Day” and each of them made their mother a card and surprised me with flowers and these:

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They are all soooo well behaved, polite and smart.  They attend school every day, and their mother makes sure they look clean and well dressed.  Their mother is desperate for them to have a better life than she has and is ding everything in her power to make it happen. They are always on time, in a good mood, and excited to learn.  Its such a privilege to help a family like this.  Like I said, they are truly one in a million!

Here we all are: Alberto 15 (next to me), and from left to right, Gabi 11, Andreea 8, Eva 6 and Alexandra 10!  And at home with their mother is Sorina 4 and Nicolas 1!

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Please remember to keep this family in your prayers. If you want to donate money for food for them, educational supplies, clothing or any other essential needs they have, please email me directly.

Camilla