Dumse family from Bihor


After a childhood in orphanages and on the streets, Elizabeth will have a new home for her family

Elisabeta Dumse had a hard life since she was born. By the age of 18 she lived in a foster care and after that she was sleeping on the streets. She managed, however, to find a job and start a family.

Together with her husband and their twin boys, Elizabeth lives in a house in which we could hardly imagine that there is a living family. They have no floor, and a rusty tin stove is also the table where they eat. Both parents and children sleep on beds of straws and you can feel the cold that blows inside the house through the windows and the door.

In this house Elisabeta and her husband raised their twins boys. The boys are 14 years old and one of them wants to be a carpenter and the other a mechanic.

The help

Because is life-threatening, the house where they live was demolished. With the help of Beius affiliate, Habitat for Humanity Romania started building, helped by foreign and Romanian corporate volunteers, a simple, decent and affordable house where Dumse family can live.

Everyone who steps into their home is so impressed of their kindness and their story that wants to help as much as they can. The same happened with the students from Saint Joseph College in Indiana, who came in Romania for 10 days. The first 3 days they stopped in Oradea, to help building Dan’s house, who is the father of 3 biological children and 20 foster children. Him and his wife have been married for 20 years and have always dreamed of owning their own home.

But the real experience started in Rosia, where the girls fell in love with the sights, they met Dumse family and find out their story. At that moment, they knew they had to do everything possible to help them with the building of the house.

The students from Saint Joseph College had the chance to literally provide Dumse family with the roof over their heads. When they started, the home had no roof at all and in just a few short days has been built into a completed roof.

“This build in Romania has opened our eyes to poverty across the world. Sometimes the need we expect is not the need we face and we are challenged to adapt. While this trip may not have gone how we all expected, it has certainly impacted the way each one of us will live our lives.” said Hanna Kane, graduating senior at Saint Joseph’s College.

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