With ILP's program in Romania, volunteers are helping at an orphanage in more than one way...
ILP volunteers help by serving in an orphanage in Romania. They have enough staff to take care of the needs of the children, but with our volunteers, the children are able to receive the attention, love, and interaction that they need to truly thrive. The workers are often very busy with feeding, changing, working with the children on their goals, and taking care of "household" things, and the job of the volunteers is to love, play with, and spend quality time with the children. Ummm...sign me up!
Along with loving attention, our volunteers also help the children with their goals. Each child has goals they are working on, which will help them develop according to their abilities and our volunteers are encouraged to work on these things with them. Some examples of the goals include helping the children with walking, sharing toys, holding a toy, sitting up and so much more. Most of the children at the orphanage need a lot of medical care and supervision. They have either small children with health issues or children with severe disabilities. The staff at the orphanage are there to provide housing and the recovery they need to develop well while they are at the orphanage.
The ultimate goal of the orphanage is to help the children develop while they are there. Some of the orphans may even develop and reach their goals enough to be able to go into a foster family.
The children that are usually placed in foster families do not need medical care and supervision. It is good to note that at the orphanage, they do not set goals just so the kids will be more likely to go into a foster family. They set the goals so they can do their best to help each child develop while they are there.
"One of the two year olds is particularly bright and especially loves learning new things: colors, animals, animal sounds, numbers, etc. He also adores music; it’s the cutest thing. He makes up songs about everything, quickly learns songs I teach him in both English and Romanian, and the second he hears music he drops what he’s doing and starts dancing."
With the help of Braelyn's service and other volunteers, happily this young boy was able to be placed with a foster family.
"I am so happy here. Serving these kids and trying to use every minute teaching them good things and having fun and making sure they feel loved and important is the most rewarding thing. It’s beautiful how readily they love us and let us into their lives. These kids definitely have my heart."
Our volunteers in Romania really do have the best job, loving and making the children feel important. Teo the Native coordinator told me, "The love, attention, and time that the volunteers give to the children is invaluable. I am so grateful for their service!"