(SEATTLE, WASH. - April 4, 2008) Going to summer camp is the highlight of the year for many children—especially for Romanian orphans. This summer, 800 children who are growing up without their parents, will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend summer camp in the mountains of Romania.
A volunteer construction team with Medical Teams International is making sure the camp is open and ready for business. The team of five from Chapel Hill Church in Gig Harbor, Wash., is spending two weeks reconstructing an industrial kitchen for the Camp of the Good Shepherd.
The group, which departs April 12, will work with Romanian staff to demolish the current kitchen, tile the walls, paint and install equipment. Their work will be labor-intensive, but the volunteers have previous construction experience and are ready for the task.
“Going to camp is the highlight of these children’s lives,” says team leader Craig Monson. “Many have been abandoned and I want to make sure this experience happens for them.
In addition to construction work, the team will also distribute “Gifts of Hope,” or packages that include hygiene supplies and other toys, to orphaned children in Sibiu, Romania. Chapel Hill church members and others in the Gig Harbor community have gathered the items so the children will receive a gift during the Easter season—most likely the only one they’ll be given.
Volunteer Jennifer Taylor has organized the gift gathering and will travel with the team this April. The mother of an adopted child herself, Taylor feels compelled to serve in Romania. “I’ve developed relationships with the children there over the years,” Taylor says. “I want to see them again, know how they are doing and encourage them.”
Founded in 1979 as Northwest Medical Teams, Medical Teams International is a non-profit humanitarian relief and development organization that exists to demonstrate the love of Christ to people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty around the world. In its 28-year history, Medical Teams International has deployed more the 1,650 volunteer teams and shipped more than $1 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 35 million people in 100 countries.