ROMANIA: Hope for the Nations Romania

Helping the rural communities of Romania

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Hope for the Nations Romania was established in 2003 as an outreach to the community of Brasov, Romania. Our work began by helping rural families with their basic needs such as health, education, shelter and sustainable business. Although we still work with those families, we also facilitate a number of diverse projects in Romania and Eastern Europe.

Here are some of the projects that we are involved in:

Farms Project:

Following the revolution of 1989, the farm collectives of Romania realized that the land they farmed for the state would be sold to the highest bidder and that they were left to fend for themselves. With the realization that many farming families were illiterate and finding it hard to assimilate into modern society, our first major project was to rebuild a farming collective with over 150 beneficiaries. Following the completion of that initial project another collective 200 beneficiaries were added. Now that the construction is completed, we have a full time teacher at the collectives providing education and literacy to the children.

Mobile Classroom:

It is through our mobile classroom that we are able to reach out to the farming collectives. Each weekday our teacher has the ability to move her classroom between farms, offering flexibility to her work and a safe secure place to store all of the supplies needed. After school classes are held for those who need more teaching and the mobile classroom is a practical place in which to teach!

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International Medical Workshops:

Our work within rural Romanian villages brought to our attention the fact that many medical needs were not being met due to austerity measures. A specific case of a boy with a serious urinary malformation led us to develop international medical workshops, which are our largest projects to date. We are partnering with surgeons to offer life-changing procedures to children who suffer from malformations, and through workshops these surgeons are teaching doctors from various areas of Romania how to do successful procedures themselves.

Mobile Medical Unit:

After testing 400 people in the outlying villages of Brasov, we discovered that only 12 patients could be deemed healthy. Many of the patients had hypertension, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases even tuberculosis. We developed a mobile medical unit to immediately treat patients with serious infections and to help those who could not afford to pay for a doctor’s visit.

 

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Project Updates

  • This project began in 2009 with the case of a young boy in rural Romania who was brought to our attention because of a rare and severe urogenital malformation which intensely affected his quality of life. Though the organization did not have a specifical medical focus, we did have a small fund for difficult social cases where surgery or medical treatment was only possible outside the country. However, in the case of this child, the cost of surgery, travel, accommodation, nurse accompaniment, parental accompaniment etc., was to exceed $100,000.

    This was unfortunately over our budget to help.

    The idea arose to contact one of the top pediatric urological surgeons in Germany, Prof. Dr. Thomas Boemers, to see if he would be interested in coming to Romania to head up an International Medical Workshop teaching doctors in Romania and The Republic of Moldova, surgical techniques to accomplish these surgeries in their home countries. Not only did he agree, but brought with him other specialists, Dr. Mircia Ardelean of Salzburg, Austria, and Dr. Reza Vahdad of Cologne, Germany.

    In subsequent years, the workshop has now become an annual event alternating between Constanza, Romania and Chisinau, Moldova. To date over 50 children have been operated on successfully. A new West-East relationship in the surgical medical field has grown strong and effective.

     

    Highlighted Story:

    HOPE agent ‘Hope for the Nations - Romania’ shares some great news with us for one of the young girls from their Families Project in Budila. Back in March, Mark and Coreen Biech from HOPE Romania received the news that Angela had been accepted on the list in Bucharest to receive Cochlear Implant Surgery for free, courtesy of The Romanian Department of Health.

    A Cochlear Implant is a surgically implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing in both ears. The implant bypasses the normal hearing process by transmitting a signal to an array of electrodes placed in the cochlea (inner ear), which stimulate the cochlear nerve allowing the patient to hear. This procedure is now quite common in the US and is considered to be a remarkable advancement in medicine and technology. You can find videos all over the internet of people hearing for the first time after receiving the implant.

    Mark and Coreen were very excited for Angela and the opportunity this surgery would present for her. “It's so amazing and we are very excited for her,” said Mark and Coreen via Facebook, “We are raising sundry expenses for her travel to and from the capital, stay in the city, food, mother's travel etc. We expect to need about $1,000. A far cry from the $35,000 this surgery normally costs.”

    The week before the surgery was scheduled to happen the Romanian Department of Health made the decision to cancel the surgeries citing that the funds should be allocated elsewhere. With the surgeons from the EU flying in the following Sunday to perform the scheduled surgeries for Angela and four other children, the decision caused an outcry from HOPE Romania, the doctors at the hospital in Bucharest, and the parents of the children. A petition to overturn the decision was quickly formed and taken to the Department of Health. When there was no immediate response, Mark and Coreen spoke to the National Press about the situation who provided coverage including parent’s reactions and even interviewed the surgeons as they arrived at the airport.

    Two days later, the day before the surgeries were scheduled to begin, Vlad Voiculescu, the Minister of the Romanian Department for Health came in person to the hospital to congratulate HFTN Romania for fighting for the children. Mark and Coreen took to Facebook to provide an update: “He announced at the meeting just an hour ago that, YES, the operations WILL CONTINUE. The doctors from Austria have arrived and are preparing the 5 patients. Since there was such a stressful start, the minister told all the families that they will be put up for the night in Bucharest at the expense of the ministry so that they can relax and regroup. The surgeries will be tomorrow.”

    On June 1st, Angela received her implant and the prognosis is good. She’ll be recovering over the next month and during that time the implant will be monitored before being activated in early July.

    Thanks to HOPE supporters and all the ambassadors, doctors, and people involved with HOPE and HOPE Romania, and members of the press who covered the controversial decision, Angela will hopefully be the first of many children to receive the Cochlear Implant in Romania.

     

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  • In a country where access to health care is heavily skewed towards the wealthy "Justice" is needed.  Enter HFTN Romania who has stepped up to fill this gaping need of “Justice” in the medical field for the poor.  

     

    Take a closer look at the incredible work that is happening in Romania.

     

    International Medical Workshops:

    This project was born out of the need of one little boy named Alexandru. His case was brought to our attention by a friend who discovered he had a severe genital malformation whereby his urethra had not formed correctly. This left him in a state of toxemia and on death’s door. The local doctor quickly operated and re- routed the shortened urethra he did have to his colon as a form of temporary relief.

    Alexandru lived, but he now had a whole new set of problems. We were asked if we could help find a way to restore some quality of life for little Alex through reconstructive surgery.

    We contacted several hospitals in Germany and found that there was only one doctor in Cologne who could perform such a surgery, however the cost of transport, surgery, accommodation and the necessary medical follow-up came to approximately 60,000 Euro.  The cost was prohibitive to us so it was necessary to come up with another solution.

    An inspirational idea came to us to contact the doctor in Germany and ask if he would be willing to come to Romania if we set up an International Medical Workshop. Using Alex as the patient, this workshop would teach the Romanian doctors how to perform the necessary reconstructive surgery. Generously, he accepted the challenge and agreed for us to fly him in to Romania.

    The doors swung wide open at this point. A doctor from Salzburg, Austria also volunteered and before you know it, there were doctors wanting to participate from several European countries. Many cases of similar malformations started to present themselves and we realized that this was not an isolated problem, only a hidden one from the shame attached. We are now into our 4th year of surgeries held in Constanta, Romania, Chisinau, and The Republic of Moldova, with hundreds of doctors and nurses attending from across Europe, and most importantly many children set on the path to healing from this terrible malformation.

    The benefits of these workshops are far-reaching as they provide life changing surgeries for people who would otherwise be left with no chance of surgery. They also provide incredible training for the doctors who are able to attend the surgery via live broadcast in the lecture hall, where they are able to ask questions and learn these new cutting edge procedures. During this last workshop a baby was born with his organs on the outside of his body, and the doctors that had been brought in for this workshop were able to save his life!!

     

    The Mobile Medical Unit:

    This project continues its endeavor to reach out to those who do not have access to proper medical services. As in the past, medical tests are expensive for the general public yet once diagnosed, treatment is covered by the national insurance program. The team of doctors we work with helps to bridge that gap by offering diagnostic services for free.

    After testing 400 people in the outlying villages of Brasov, we discovered that only 12 patients could be deemed healthy. Many of the patients had hypertension, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases tuberculosis. Patients with serious infections have been treated immediately while those with other conditions have been given doctors prescriptions to enable them to take advantage of the National Health Program for medications. Citizens in Romania must pay for doctor's visits (which in most cases they can’t afford), and then if treatment is needed, they are entered into the national program. The Mobile Medical Unit helps to break this barrier and bring people into treatment.

     

    The Optical Project:

    HFTN Romania is so excited to announce that we have just started our Optical Project this year. We have the ability to provide FREE optical testing for the marginalized, including free glasses which people have the joy of selecting themselves. It is so wonderful to see the look on the faces of those people who can finally see clearly!

     

     

  • International Medical Workshop

    170 doctors, 60 nurses, 11 surgeries

    This project was born out of the need of one little boy names Alexander. His case was brought to our attention by a friend who discovered he had a severe genital malformation whereby his urethra had not formed correctly. This left him in a state of toxemia and on death’s door. The local doctor quickly operated and rerouted the shortened urethra he did have to his colon as a temporary relief. The boy lived, but now had a whole new set of problems. We were asked if we could help in finding a way for reconstructive surgery to help restore some quality of live for little Alex.

    We contacted several hospitals in Germany and found that there was only one doctor in Cologne who could perform such surgery, however the cost of transport, surgery, accommodation, medical followup, came to approximately 60,000 Euro. 

    The cost was prohibitive to us so it was necessary to come up with another solution. An inspirational idea came to us to contact the doctor in Germany and ask if he would be willing to come to Romania if we set up an International Medical Workshop, using Alex as the patient, and teach the Romanian doctors how to perform the necessary reconstructive surgery. Generously, he accepted the challenge and agreed for us to fly him in to Romania. The doors swung wide open at this point. A doctor from Salzburg, Austria also volunteered and before you know it, there were doctors wanting to participate from several European countries. Many cases of similar malformations started to present themselves and we realized that this was not an isolated problem, only a hidden one from the shame attached. We are now into our 4th year of surgeries held in Constanta, Romania, and Chisinau, The Republic of Moldova, with hundreds of doctors and nurses attending from across
    Europe, and most importantly, many children set on the path to healing from this terrible malformation.  

    Hope for the Nations Romania is leading the way in providing creative and hopeful solutions for children in healthcare.  Join us!  

  • Another great initiative through Mark and Coreen Biech in Romania!

    Today the trench for the foundation of the Barn is finished. Tomorrow the wood structure for the cement foundation starts .... The Marcu family is very excited! It's getting closer closer to having a barn for the animals ...

  • Two cows change the whole picture!

    While Loralee Strauss was visiting this Fall in Romania, one of the families in our sponsorship program spoke with us about their desire to buy two cows in addition to the one they have. This would enable them to sell milk for extra income. This family is very hard working and it seemed like the perfect solution to help them advance their family situation. We agreed that somehow HFTN-Romania would try to raise some funds for this venture and see if we could help. A cow in Romania is expensive like everywhere else in the world. Here they are about 800 dollars. An exorbitant amount for a family in the village. This is where Loralee expressed her desire to bring this need to her friends in Kelowna, Canada. Before she even arrived back home, the money was already promised for one cow. The following month some extra funds have also come in and we have purchased the first cow just in time for Christmas!
     

  • Full Stomaches and Warm Feet!

    Over 400 beneficierias received food and provisions during our 10th anual Christmas Hampers Project. Every Year, it is a joy for all of us at HFTN - Romania to see this project realized. In addition, for the 2nd year running, we have added another component of buying and distributing shoes to over 200 children at the farms project. So much joy in such a practical project is a blessing all around.
     

  • 11 patients, 170 doctos, 60 nurses ... Extreme genital and urinary system malformation. Added this year Otolaryngology, Head Team: Dr. Thomas Boemers (Gemany), Dr. Steffen Maune (Germany), Dr. Mircia Ardelean (Austria), Dr. Christa Schimke (Austria), Dr. Tica Constantin (Romania). — in ‎‎Constanta‎, ‎Romania‎‎.

    Facebook Photos Here -> https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.506689879343795.119927.153017684711018&type=1

  • As you may have read on the news, Romania has had yet again, a very hard and long winter. The snow has been non stop. In the midst, our HFTN teacher Izabella (who is at the farm 5 days a week) advised us that many children were unable to attend school (3 kms away) because their shoes were leaking or they had no shoes at all. Sometimes the simplest necessities impede children from getting an education. As a team we realized this was an easy fix. Izabella got measurements for all 80 children and went shopping. Later in the week our team went to the farms and made sure all the children got a new pair of shoes. Cornelia, our jurist, made sure that socks were included.

    The classroom is full again!
     

  • Each year at Christmas we deliver much needed provisions to as many people as we can. This year, we have over 450 people on our list! It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for us. We provide all the main staples and then add lots of Christmas goodies. There is enough to last the families for several months, through the coldest and most difficult time of the year for them ...


    Bless you and Merry Christmas


    Mark and Coreen

  • Christmas 2011

    Greetings from Romania!

    Fall has arrived and with it came our first snowfall! That's always a good reminder that Winter is not so far away.

    We are gearing up for our annual Christmas Hamper Project to help the disadvantaged in our area through another cold Transylvanian Winter. Each year we help approximately 450 people with food staples and Christmas goodies.

    If you would like to partner with us this year to help bring the Joy of Christmas to those in need, we could sure use your help.

    Thank you very much and an early Merry Christmas to all!
    Mark and Coreen
    Hope for the Nations - Romania

     

     



     


     

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