When I phoned Alex from Mustard Seed Romania he laughed long and loud to hear we were only just up at ! But bear in mind that Romanian time is 2 hours ahead of Britain (so it was 7 am according to our bodies' Jersey time clocks!) and we have just driven 1500 miles, in conditions ranging from hard frost and ice to warm sunshine, and encountered various minor disruptions, frustrations and challenges on the way.
After a civilised breakfast we met Alex who was really excited about the donated car and already working on the task of registering it, even considering the possibility of changing the steering wheel over to the left hand side. Then we went out with him to CEFA. This is where our Mustard Seed kindergarten and homework project is, also the pensioners programme, the boys hostel, and most exciting where the foundations have been dug for the pensioners home and where the Americans Steve and Tom have partly built a house for the supervisor. All in all a very exciting site visit, followed by lunch.
We began visiting the kindergarten, where 25 children, mainly gypsies attend before they go on to the state school in the village. We played with the children and caused general havoc there.
After the children go home from kindergarten at the older children come to the homework club (main school ends at 1) and the children need support to get their homework done.
Mustard Seed Romania has a second homework club for 15
children aged between 7 and 14, at the next
After that we went on to the girls apartment. We met them all
and made arrangements with Flori and Gyonghyi (the ones who came to
Then we came home to the orphanage to a lovely meal Simona had prepared – Romanian cooking is wonderful.
We need an early night tonight – we are all tired and have another busy day tomorrow visiting sponsored families and pensioners and distributing donated food, toiletries, seeds and clothes.