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Report from Georgi Opreanu,
Director of
Elderly Care

Celebrating care, love and people

C.S. Lewis said "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back, everything is different..." When I look back one year ago, two years ago, I realise how different things are now.

In October 2013 we opened the "Doris" Elderly Centre in Salonta and one year later we open the Elderly Centre in Oradea. So many things have changed in the last two years and for those of you that visit The Smiles Foundation during this period, you can confirm that. For us sometimes it feels like nothing changes but things, places and people are changing.

I’ve look back to see how many people were cared and loved by us in those two years at the "Doris" Centre in Salonta; it’s a total of 47. In Oradea we open just a year ago and since then, 90 elderly have benefitted from our care, love and support.

In Oradea, because we can provide medical care, we will have a lot of people that will come straight from hospital at the doctor’s recommendation but unfortunately for some, there is not much we can do, except treat them with dignity in their last days.

At the moment in both centres we care for 68 residents. But they are not just numbers to us, they are sweet people that bless our life, some just for few weeks, some for longer but everyone takes a part of our heart and when they go, we feel sorrow for their families and friends. My desire and prayer is that for the time we have them with us to give them the love they need and the care that they won’t get in any other place.

October was a celebrating month, as we had the honour of celebrating our residents birthdays: Felicia (64 years), Maria (84 years), Irina (86 years), Elisabeta (65 years), Moise (79 years), Teodor (81 years), may God bless their days with health and good care.

At the beginning of the month was the International Day of Smile and in Oradea, to celebrate this day a foundation organised an event – to create a Human Smiley Face. We decided to celebrate together with another 500 people and we took 13 elderly from both centres to take part in this event. We were the oldest participants to the event and we showed the youth that participated that you can smile even if you have wrinkles on your face. It is not about the age your body has but the age your soul is.

The organizer of the Human Smiley Face is a lady that has a big heart for the people and doing good to those around her. After the event she called me to say that she wants, if I agree, to bring two eye doctors from a private hospital to check the vision of those that are in need. We were so blessed to have them and they check 20 residents and made some recommendation, but overall they were pleased to see the care the elderly get.

Later in the month, together with Resonnance Foundation from Switzerland, we organised a Piano Concert for the elderly at the Oradea centre. The residents that participated in the concert enjoyed it so much, especially listening to the two children that were performing. We hope to see them later in the year for a Christmas concert!

We are blessed every time when we have mission trippers coming to the centres to spend time with the elderly, to sing to them, to participate in activities and most of all to show them the love of God. This past month we had several visitors in both centres and we want to thank you all for everything that you did for our elderly and I encourage you to came back, because possibly without realising, you have a big impact on their lives.

A big thank you to those that came and worked on phase two of JFL, cleaning, painting, moving soil, whatever was needed you were ready to do. Thank you for this and my God bless you and reward your efforts.

I left this subject to the end, not because it’s not important, but because the court case that we had with the neighbour for me was a big stress. God answered my prayers, our prayers and we WON, because He promises us He will never leave us and never forget us. It was a trial of our faith and I am so glad that God found us faithful in what we are doing and in this case, He showed us again that HE will be faithful to the END.

I don’t know what the following years will bring with them, but one thing I know for sure: God knows…and that is enough for me, it is all that I need to know.

My dear friends, thank you for all your prayers, for your time invested in Romania and the Romanian people. For all the financial support you give. Thank you for being partners with us in serving God and His kingdom.

May God bless you, your families and dear ones with everything that is good.

With great appreciation for all you do,



Georgi Opreanu
eputy Director of Smiles Romania


Elderly Centre Oradea (ECO)
Joint Facility of Love, Salonta; Doris Elderly Care Centre

 Prayer points:

  • To thank God for one and two years of service;
  • To thank God for winning the court case;
  • For the years that come, to not give up when it is hard but to continue doing good for God's glory, even when people around us will want to destroy what we do.
  • For God to prepare the new residents that will come in the centres and experience the love of God through the care we provide;
  • For the new residents to adapt in the centres;
  • For the future accreditation for the "Doris Centre", Salonta.
  • For God's protection upon all of Smiles staff and beneficiaries;
  • For sufficient money to be able to pay the staff and all the associated costs
  • For staff to be kind to those in need;
  • For health and well-being for residents and staff as we enter in the colder winter months;
  • For all Smiles staff to be a testimony of God’s love so others will get to know HIM.

Please pray for us because when you pray God hears more than what you say, answers more that we ask, gives more than we can imagine in His own time and in His own way.


Wish list – urgent need for:

  • Pampers – just size M and L (Pamper pantyhose)

  • Wipes

  • Gloves

  • Toilet rolls

  • Kitchen rolls

  • Powder detergent

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Dressing, bandages (in date)


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