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Report from Georgi Opreanu, Director of Elderly Care  -
October 2016

What a month September was!!! So many things were happening, but I will just pick a few to report on.

In life, many times, unfortunately most of the time, we take things and even people for granted! We forget how blessed we are to have a roof over our head, a bowl of soup on our table, a friend to help in need, legs to go where we want, eyes to see the beauties of this world. We get to appreciate those things just when we lose them!!

At the beginning of the month we had a big celebration in our Elderly Care Home in Oradea. We celebrated the 104th birthday anniversary of Lady Ileana. Together with her family we had the vice mayor of Oradea and the Director of the Social Services along with all the new friends she has made in her new home.

It was a very emotional moment and we heard the secret of longevity: to do what you love all your life and be moderate in everything you do. She also gave us some advice - to be hard-working because then we will have everything we need.
Happy birthday, Lady Ileana, you are a blessing for us to know you!

On September 15th we start a new adventure. We left Romania for the UK Tour, visiting 9 different cities in the United Kingdom. We did something similar a few times before, but now it was something even more special. We took Lady Felicia with us. She has lived for 3 years now in the Elderly Care Home in Salonta, and unfortunately for few years ago she lost her sight and is now totally blind. I asked her impression about this experience, these are her words:

"
I am happy that I had the chance to be part of the team on this tour. I have no regrets for doing it. What I enjoyed most were the moments when I was encouraged by the people in the church. I felt that I have a family in the UK. I was also impressed by the friendship of the members of the team from Romania. I laughed a lot on the journey.

The challenge for me was to accept that I canít see all the beautiful things around me, but I learned how to enjoy the little things. I could hear the sound of the sea, the music and the good words that everyone encouraged me with. I felt the beautiful smell of the grass and flowers, and the good taste of hot chocolate, coffee and English tea, and of course good cakes :) I felt like a spoiled child. I was amazed by the bathrooms from UK, that they have special ones for people with disabilities, so I didnít have too many problems.

I loved the weather, that we had beautiful sunny days. For me it was a great journey, a real blessing. I will never forget those moments from the tour. I could stay another 10 days. Many thanks to everyone for everything you are doing for me and my family here at the Elderly Care Home in Salonta, we call JFL."

For me personally, this was a good lesson about how to appreciate what I have more, but also a humbling experience to see Lady Felicia how she enjoys life, even if she canít see, she will be thankful for what she has and not complain about her situation.

This tour was a great experience and was so encouraging to see so many people being part of the work that we are doing in Romania. God made possible another container full of supplies to come to Romania, and we were so blessed to see it leaving Ballymena. I donít have enough words to thank all those that were involved in making this possible. God knows each and every one and I am sure that His blessing will be upon them and their dear ones!

After such a busy month, we thought we need some relaxation, so in both our Elderly homes we had the clowns from World Wide Smiles. Both the elderly and the staff had a great time and lots of laughter.

 

My dear friends, donít forget to appreciate all the things and the people you have in your life, because nothing is forever, we can lose it all any day.

Thank you everyone because, in one way or another you are part of this great work that we are doing for the people of Romania. Actually, because of you and your support Ė we can continue doing the work each and every day!

With appreciation

Georgi

Georgi Opreanu
D
eputy Director of Smiles Romania

georgeta.opreanu@thesmilesfoundation.org


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

Please continue to pray for us to be able to bless the lives of the elderly that need our service.

  • For loving and committed people who will work in our nursing homes
  • For God to prepare the new residents who will come in the new centre 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 "Doris Centre".
  • For God's protection upon all of Smile's staff and beneficiaries;
  • For sponsors for the social cases that we care for;
  • For all Smiles staff to be a testimony of Godís 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 Ė urgent need for:

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

  • Wipes

  • Gloves

  • Toilet rolls

  • Kitchen rolls

  • Powder detergent

  • Cleaning supplies

  • Dressing, bandages (in date)

Previous Reports from Georgi:
 

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