Local group supports children who live in Romanian orphanage
4:28 PM, Nov 25, 2010
10:30 PM, Nov 25, 2010
For nearly a decade, a devoted group of people from Kansas City
has made it their mission to support 14 children who live in a
Romanian orphanage known as Deb’s House.
The reasons are varied. Some do it because they were on track to
adopt one of the children, but were shut out when Romania closed
international adoption. So they advocate for a child the best they
For others, it is a chance to be an ambassador for the United
States with an Eastern European community.
But for most of the 20-some volunteers who travel to the
orphanage and raise money for the children, they do it simply
because they fell in love.
“They are just special,” is the way Pam Turner of
Kansas City puts it.
We discovered the children of Deb’s House back in 2001,
while on a trip with Medical Missions Foundation to the former
communist country where many people in the county named Botosani
(bow-tow-shawn) live in desperate poverty.
Some of the children were babies. Others were placed in
Deb’s House over the past several years.
All of them were abandoned by their parents either at birth or a
young age; mostly due to poverty.
The children range in age between 13 and 7. There are seven
girls and seven boys with two sets of twins.
All of their American sponsors have pledged to see them through
“My dream would be they grow up and be productive members
of society and live happy and healthy lives, normal lives,”
The Kansas City sponsors provide everything from food, clothing,
and medical care, to school supplies, dance class and tutors who
help with homework.
A caring Romanian staff works to provide a home environment that
is as close to a family as possible.
“You can’t be around those kids without being
affected by them,” said NBC Action News photojournalist Ben
He volunteered to shoot video on this year’s fall
“Even though I know some folks don’t have the
opportunity to go, I can definitely vouch for the good it is doing
for those kids and how important it is for them.”
We may not be changing the world. But our volunteers are
changing 14 lives.
“They are so loving, and they bring a lot of joy to
me,” said Dr. Vincent Hays who has visited the children three
“I feel like every time I come that I get more out of this
than I give back.”
Deb’s House is supported by donations and with help from
the Olathe Rotary Club.