On 18th September I had the privilege of accompanying an excellent team of volunteers, Trudie Dadd, David Widmer and Louise Weston on another mission to Bucharest. This time our task was to refit and brighten up another abandoned babies room in Matei Bals Hospital. This room is home to three small babies all under the age of 3 months and born addicted to drugs and suffering from the effects of withdrawal.
Thanks to Trudie’s planning and design, in just a few hours we had transformed this very basic, functional room with metal cots, plain walls and bare windows into a much warmer, vibrant and stimulating environment for its occupants. This transformation was not just for the benefit of the babies, we could also see how much it meant to the staff at the hospital by the reaction on their faces.
Working on these projects and witnessing the devastating effects of HIV, drug addiction, poverty and abandonment is very tough but that is tempered by the love, compassion and commitment I see given by the doctors and nurses on a daily basis, day in-day out, it’s truly humbling.
I would like to thank the following people:-
Georgie and Sean Nolan (Brighton Friends of Justri) for the funding of this particular project by hosting a fundraising event back in January. At Justri we rely on the generosity of people such as Georgie and Sean and their friends to be able to continue doing projects such as this.
Accept for allowing us the use of their van whilst in Bucharest.
Alina Dumitriu for her support.
Jacqui Haughton for making the lovely cushions and curtains.
Trudie, David and Lou for all their hard work and humour.
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Below is a collection of pics from the project featuring the team, our stop off at Ikea Bucharest and the before & after pics of the work.