Tuesday, June 30, 2009


In recent months, the clinic in Tutova has been implementing a new sanitation regulation, through the use of Playtex DropIns in the kids' bottles. These DropIn liners are disposable, which keeps things more sanitary as well as providing a more comfortable feeding experience for the babies.

The problem? As I was informed yesterday, the Playtex liners are not available in Romania. With 20 kids and multiple feedings per day, you can imagine how many liners the clinic goes through, so I don't know how they'll manage this if volunteers don’t help out.

So my request to all of you wonderful people is that you send me a few dollars so that I can buy a supply of Playtex liners to take to the clinic with me. I found them at K-Mart for about $5 per package of 100 liners; however, I’m also going to check out Sam’s Club and CostCo to see if they have bulk packages of them for less.

If you wouldn't mind sending me just a couple of dollars to help with this, that would be awesome. You can do it through PayPal at alexandra.mckenzie@gmail.com or we can figure out another way, to avoid PayPal fees. Let me know which you’d prefer. I’d love to be able to raise at least $100 for this specific need.


Monday, June 29, 2009

As you might have guessed, this blog will tell the stories of my time in Romania this summer. Through Global Volunteers, I will be leaving on July 24 for a three-week volunteer stint at a pediatric recovery clinic in Tutova, Romania. There are approximately 20 kids at the clinic right now, and while there are aides there who take care of the babies’ major needs, there are not enough of them to give the children the individual attention they need to thrive.

As a result, the continuous stream of volunteers throughout the year is relied upon to feed, cuddle, and play with the children so that they don’t spend their days lying in their cribs with little loving contact. Mostly infants and toddlers, the kids have various medical and developmental conditions, from Down Syndrome to Dwarfism to hydrocephaly.

I have a website at http://axm9237.weebly.com/, but due to the severe annoyance I suffered any time I tried to update the site, I got this account for my journaling purposes. There is more information about myself and my trip on that site, though, if you want to look.

I'll be posting periodically throughout the time leading up to my trip--I leave July 24th. While I'm there, I hope to be able to update every day, but I make no guarantees.

Thanks for the support you all have given me, whether monetary or emotional. This is certain to be an adventure, and I could not have done it without you. :-)