DANIEL MURARIU‘s involvement in volunteer work goes back to his high school years when he first volunteered at a local hospital in Aurora, Illinois. His desire to help and find ways to become constructively involved in the community deepened during those years. In college, he volunteered for Tulane’s Emergency Medical Service (EMS), and while in medical school he volunteered at two homeless shelters in New Orleans and participated in a medical mission to an impoverished region of Nicaragua. He graduated magna cum laude with a BA in History as well as Classical Studies in 2003, followed by a combined Medical Doctor and Master’s in Public Health Degree with a focus on International Health in 2008, all from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Following his graduation from general surgery residency at University of Hawaii in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2013, he will continue his training in plastic and reconstructive surgery at University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. He is also an active member of the Honolulu Sunset Rotary Club where he served on the Board of Directors and as Director of International Service for the 2012-2013 year.
As a long time teacher, VIRGINIA MURARIU has always enjoyed the experience of helping others. Whether as a teacher in special education or volunteer at the Dupage Children Museum, Virginia states that ‘making sure children receive the best education and have the opportunity to succeed are some of the most important things that this organization aims to accomplish.
Nearing the end of her medical training, AMARIS is seeking ways through which to remain actively connected to public health needs in Romania and other developing countries, ways in which to offer time, expertise, and be a dynamic part of the many positive changes which have already begun to take place! She’s looking to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine, but also to be a part of local initiatives in health care and health education. She believes that being a physician is both a wonderfully empowering as well a very humbling commitment and that healing is a vocation most truly lived out by continuously giving of yourself to those in pain and need.
GEORGE is interested in making changes in his community. He believes that making a positive difference in someone’s life is remorable and rewarding. Throughout his intense political activity he often took individual claims and brought them to the congressman he worked for; these, in turn, were sometimes broadcast to the Romanian parliament. A few years ago he decided to switch from engineering school to law because he believed the law degree would help him do more for the public good.
MONICA characterizes herself as a sensitive person, especially when it comes to elderly or young persons. She thrives on helping those in need and underprivileged. Even though she hasn’t had too many opportunities to become involved in many such activities, she eagerly awaits the start of the campaings initiated by this NGO.
LILLY PIERCE was born and raised in communist Romania, an oppressive regime she fled as an adult. As the years passed and the regime crumbled, she returned to visit her birth country.Images of disadvantage and poverty in the former soviet satellite had been making headlines since the fall of communism in the 1990’s. Once in Romania, Lilly got to see first hand how great the need really is while visiting Ortisoara, the commune she grew up in. After witnessing such poverty and the meager living conditions in which some of the villagers were living, she decided she could no longer stand idly by while people were suffering.Thus, on cold February morning in 2009 Lillypad was born.