This is the fifth year of our hugely successful Christmas Shoebox Campaign, and this year, we are asking for donations for orphaned children, in our Giving appeal:
Today, many of the children at the orphanages arrive like the abused dogs in the public shelters.
They are scared, they shy away, they don’t know how to talk, and they cannot be touched. It is the daily love of their amazing carers, and desperately hard work, to try to make these children “normal”.
Casa Iulia is an orphanage in a house, with 40 children. It is hugely overcrowded, but the children have the love of the lady looking after them all. It is the most basic of lives, yet still the innocent children smile.
Casa Mara is a poor house in a small village in the south of Romania. There are 40 children in the care of one blessed man. There are no facilities or money and there is no one local to help educate these children. Their food is almost all donated by good people who go to the church, life is so hard.
At Casa Madalina there are another 35 children, living in cramped conditions in a home. As poor as dirt. Ages from newborn to 14, they are children who are classed as functional orphans because their parents abandoned them long ago, whilst they went away to find work. The local community support these children when they can, but treats simply do not exist.
Our friends in the north of Romania, near the Ukraine border, help at a safe house where there are 12 abandoned children. Sadly, the children are a mess – products of disgusting neglect over the years. The children are aged between 10 and 16, and are the hardest work, none of which is their fault. They are violent, they have serious issues with almost all humans, but they do respond well to animals – and this is how our friends have been working with them – not giving up on them – like the rest of society has. This year, we hope that 12 people can donate a football shirt.
If you would like to help and donate a shoebox for an orphan, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for postage or a collection point near you.
For it is in giving, that we receive… thank you for your support.