Following the adoption of a beautiful Romanian
child, and during the adoption of her second Romanian child, Lori
Scott, Little Miracles Executive Director had a God impressed
vision of continuing to helping the orphaned and abandoned children
of Romania. Several years ago, Little Miracles International,
Inc. a non-profit organization was formed, and the ideas began
to be put into motion. This dream presented itself finally in
the form of an opportunity even bigger than LMI ever imagined
possible. Little Miracles International would assist in opening
an emergency child care center in Romania. Lori and Little Miracles
International would play a vital role in the project and fund
raising. Now truly a big difference would be made in the lives
of the precious children in Romania. Now children could be helped
many at a time, and permanent solutions could be found for their
In a quaint village in Romania sat an abandoned orphanage building.
The work done previously by several Romanian humanitarian foundations
had been long ago deserted, due to the failing economy. Those
plans to turn the building into an orphan all-girl school were
never realized by the foundations nor the county that was so hoping
to see their plans materialize.
In a hospital in the same county lived infants
and toddlers, abandoned and
due to the deteriorating economical
situation of many families. Prior to our center opening the children
born in this county that had orphan status, spent their entire
first three years in the hospital setting. While the hospital
kept the children clean and healthy, and did the absolute best
job they could to raise these beautiful children, the stimulation
was minimal for the needs of a normal child, and when our staff
toured the facility, there were signs of developmental delays
in the children due to lack of stimulation and the children were
constantly lying in their cribs, reaching out for a human touch.
Something more had to be done to help the children! The proposal
was made that we take on the project of remodeling and modernizing
the building, and preparing it for an emergency child care receiving
center to assist the hospital with their overwhelming number of
children. Within a few months, after many planning meetings and
signed paperwork, the project was underway! The House of Angels
will be the temporary home to children 0-3 years of age until
a permanent solution can be found for them.
The photos to the right and left show
the incredible job the construction company did with their remodeling!
Such tremendous work was done and it was exciting to see the gutted
building come to life and transform into a haven! The building
had been through several stages of construction prior to our posession
and ther remodeling looked to be an insurmountable job! The construction
company that was hired did an fantastic job with the renovation!
No one could even believe it was the same building on the inside!
The outside still needs some new paint and repair, and there are
some plans once funding can be obtained to do the renovate the
second floor of the building as it is identical to the first floor,
only in much worse shape.
Following an intensive fund raising campaign
for renovation and remodeling, Lori Scott traveled to Romania,
April 11, 2002 for the grand opening of the House of Angels. Prior
to the opening, LMI was scurrying around to try to find last minute
items for the children such as bonnets and pacifiers and packing
suitcases full of humanitarian aid. Finally the day came for the
arrival of the first baby, shown in the photo below. This was
an extremely emotional moment, the moment we had waited for what
seemed an eternity! The opening marked yet another miracle and
dream realized for Little Miracles International. The opening
was attended by press, radio, and television media. Also in attendendance
were city and county officials and officials from the child protection
office and Carabella Romanian humanitarian foundation. The center
was given blessing by the local orthodox priest followed by a
ribbon cutting ceremony and the breaking of bread with salt in
the Romanian tradition. The group of about 60 people then attended
the press conference which was held in the playroom of the center.
Speeches in the Romanian style were given by all officials including
Lori. There was a brief question and answer session before the
reception, then the invited guests mingled and toured the center.
To view part of the blessing ceremony, click the photo of the
Our center located in a small village outside
of beautiful and historical Targoviste, Romania will serve as
the only temporary emergency placement center in the County for
children ages 0-3. The community has outstretched their hands
to our center and provided much volunteer work to get the project
done. Many leaders in the community are showing their pride in
our accomplishments and lending a hand when it is needed. The
food, culture and history of this area is ancient, rich and warm.
We are privileged to be able to call it home to our House of Angels.
goals of our center will be to provide Western-type child care,
in smaller individualized apartment settings with a "family"
type atmosphere, as opposed to the dormitory style orphanages.
The House of Angels, with high caretaker to child ratio will be
providing a temporary placement for children until permanent solutions
can be found for them in a true family setting, whether that be
foster care, family reunification or adoption. Some of our original
children living in the House of Angels have already been placed
into foster care. This center will also allow for the biological
mother to move in to the center with one child as an emergency
shelter. At this most important time in child protection law reform
in Romania, our center will hopefully serve as a model and encouragement
The renovation of the building was fully
funded at $15,000.00. A huge thanks to all of our supporters and
our wonderful sponsors and donors for all of their help in our
project. Our first
team of humanitarian workers have already traveled to the
House of Angels and we will be planning other future trips.
At this time it is
going to take about $2500.00 to run the center per month. This
includes staff of 15 care givers, a full time nurse, a physician,
a nutritionist, an administrator and a janitor. The children are
receiving the best care they can get in Romania and we are proud
of our accomplishments. The nutritionist will individualize eating
plans for each child and prepare the proper balanced meals each
day. The physician will spend several hours at the center each
day examining the children, and the caretakers will be responsible
for the ongoing care, nurturing and stimulation of the children.
As you can imagine, the renovation of the
orphanage along with the start up costs for the center and the
monthly utilities and running of the center have been enormous.
We are in need of many love offerings, gifts
from the heart for our center. We hope that the photos found below
will assure you of our intention and use of your donations. In
March 2002, the building was bare and the situation seemed impossible,
but we do know miracles do happen! By mid April 2002 the sounds
of laughter have filled the halls! The Angels are...the children...the
caretakers and staff, the administrators and planners and everyone
else who made this dream a reality! Our big thanks to God for
making His plan a reality, God is so good!!!! A final thanks to
our two friends and special Angels...Simona and Lisa, for without
them, we would have nothing.
Note: The none of these children are
available for adoption at this time.
We wish through our photos to
inspire you to help us do more for the children! We are
in desperate need of sponsors for the children in the center and
foster care, as a monthly commitment to helping our HOA center.
WON'T YOU PLEASE HELP OUR CHILDREN
FIND THE LOVE AND HAPPINESS THAT THEY DESERVE?
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