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Love to All We Met

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

Love to All Those Children and Elderly Ladies We Met!

(How Lawside Romania Project changes the lives of many)

In 2008 my sister Ita and I spent a week in Romania with our aunt Sister Mary Aloysius over New Year’s. I have to say it was one of the most worthwhile and memorable holidays I’ve ever had. For years I’ve been meaning to go to Bucharest to see all the good work Lawside Romania Project is doing there, but seeing it in real life was amazing and it was lovely to be part of it all for the short time we were there.

Barbara McAteer

Paying our daily visits to the Oncology Ward of Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital, visiting little Floricica, Luis and Gabriel was truly special. The bond we formed with those little babies will stay with me forever. I look at their pictures regularly on my computer and they remind me about the simplicity of life, and how lucky I was to have parents that were always there for me. We spent an evening in the Recuperare (Rehabilitation Ward) with some older orphan children who were extremely excited about the bag of jumpers and little cuddly toys we brought in for them. They were so unspoilt and ready to smile for any little bit of attention that was shown to them.

Barbara McAteer and Luis

Another day with went with Rita Tudor on her visits to three elderly ladies who benefitted from the “Meals on wheels” Programme that was set up by the Lawside Romania Project. Seeing the poor conditions these ladies lived in was hard but it was so lovely to spend time with them and they all told us how much they benefitted from the food that was being provided to them and also from the visits that were set up by the team.  A younger person was going to their home on a regular basis to keep them company. I’m sure this makes a huge difference in their lives.

Traian Despa took us to visit a lovely family, a lady who was looking after her 11 children and whose husband had died.
Lawside Romania Fund had organised doing up their home for them previously which made it lovely and comfortable for them to live in. Although it was small it was very “homely”, and I believe it had pretty much been a ruin before being done up. This was a very special visit, as I too come from a family of 11 children and the children entertained us with songs and poetry the whole time we were there. They were the sweetest family I think I’ve ever met, so pleasant and good natured and very talented.

Traian Despa took us on a visit to “Nazareth” on our last day. There we met five little orphan boys who were being looked after by a carer family which had been arranged by Sister Mary Aloysius and her team. The carer family had two older sons who had been well educated and were a very good influence on these young boys. I was very impressed with the talents of these young boys, who were only too willing to show us their school work and entertain us with songs. They were very good fun to be around and it was obvious to see they had formed a very good bond together as a family unit being looked after in “Nazareth”.

I was inspired and humbled by the love and hard work Sister Aloysius, Traian Despa and the team of staff and doctors put into their work to make the lives of many children and elderly people a more pleasant place to live in. The people they help I feel would have very little hope without the love and support they get from the team. I will definitely be going back for another visit soon, hopefully in the summer time when the weather is a bit better. In the meantime I’m sending lots of love to all those children and elderly ladies we met on our visit and will be keeping them in my memory forever.

Barbara McAteer (itec, LCICI, ARCHTI)

Holistic Therapies Ireland

Let me introduce you to…

November 25th, 2009 No comments

A young 19 year old mother Cristina.  She really attends to all the babies’ needs but it seems she has need of mothering too!  Back home she has left her 2 year old son now she has a 5 month old baby with hip problems needing an operation.  As we see to the needs of little ones it is just as necessary to do all we can to ‘mother’ the mother!

In Oncology Ward too I get a daily shining example of living faith and Christian kindness with mothers sharing a room. Though they have their own child to care for they are ever ready to show love and attention to the others child. One very ill abandoned child Georgiana gets constant visits from children who copy the mums and come to say gentle things to her. Today I noticed she opened her eyes and seemed happy to have these visitors.  She even said her first word – “apa” meaning water. No one had ever heard her speak before!

Child at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

Child at Budimex (Marie Curie) Hospital in Bucharest

Benjamina ten year-old boy who weighed 5 kilos on arrival at Budimex (Marie Curie) Children’s Hospital, no exaggeration. Never have I seen such an emaciated little body! He has several health problems but the doctors and staff are doing all they can to improve his condition, actually I see a slight improvement and my biggest joy was to receive even a tiny sign that he got some comfort from my gently stroking his head, at least he is not totally abandoned!

Marcus too is an abandoned child. He is 3 years old and though he speaks little, he smiles and shows joy when he receives a gift. To get new pyjamas and also a boy’s suit complete with pockets thrilled him and he smiled into my face saying several times “ce faci?” (how are you?). He has pulmonary trouble but is improving with the care he receives.

Up in the Intensive Care Unit of Floor 7 little one year old Gabi lies in his cot unable to move due to his condition spina bifida. One little arm is paralysed but as I sing to him or leave the cassette recorder near him he seems happy.  He always smiles when I take both his hands and pretend to keep time to the music!

In a nearby cot lies Floricica. He too is very ill. He is so tiny and needs much care – which he gets. A little angel! Like Luis and Gabriel, Floricica is an abandoned baby.

Gheorghe is 15 years old and has several physical problems. He comes from far out in the country and has never been away from home. He becomes very agitated as, when given an injection, he thinks people will kill him in the hospital. I sat with him to reassure him. Luckily a young and very kind doctor came and talked reassuringly to him. I hope and pray he will settle down and sleep.


Sister Mary Aloysius

Youth of our Parish take care of elderly people

November 4th, 2009 No comments

My name is Oana Antaluta. I am 16 years old.
I go once a week to visit a man called Anton Blaj. He is married and he has a daughter. They live in one room.
The daughter spends most of her time at the country side.
She has the same mental illness as her parents – schizophrenia. Her illness is the reason why she doesn’t have a job.
I get along with all the members of the family. They are very communicative. I don’t need to do their shopping because they do that by themselves. Every time I go to visit them they tell me what happened in the time we haven’t seen each other and also if they need some help.
Therefore, our relationship is based on communication.
It is good to talk.

Oana Antaluta