Habitat for Humanity Romania and Kaufland are launching ”Empowering communities”, a prevention and intervention project to reduce the risks associated with natural and domestic disasters

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Habitat for Humanity Romania and Kaufland Romania have partnered up in order to empower the communities with a high risk of natural disasters, e.g. earthquakes, floods or snowstorms, and domestic disasters, e.g. fire.

Over the course of eight months, through the project “Empowering communities we will active in vulnerable communities in Bucuresti-Ilfov, Iasi and Bacau Counties. What we will do:
•Training for 3,000 highschool students. They will learn, through interactive activities, the right behavior before and after an earthquake or fire.
•400 families who live in disadvantaged areas will be helped to remove the improvisations in their heating and electrical installations, which currently put their life at risk.
•300 intervention kits will be purchased, in order for Habitat for Humanity Romania to quickly intervene in case of disasters.
•An awareness campaign, through which at least 250,000 people will be informed about the steps they need to take in order to save their lives and others in case of earthquakes and fire.

With this project, we are developing an integrated resilience model, through which we are strengthening the capacity of disadvantaged communities to quickly rehabilitate themselves after disasters. The inhabitants of a a resilient community are educated to have a preventive behavior and their homes, the first long term “victims” in case of disasters, are protected and safe.
The model of the resilient communities needs to be multiplied and promoted on a national level, in order to avoid the loss of lives and important material damage. We thank our partners, ISUJ Bacau for the support and Kaufland Romania, because they understood the importance of prevention and integrated action in communities at risk.
(Gabi Pascal, Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Program Manager)

Kaufland is amongst the biggest retail companies from Europe, with over 1.200 stores in 7 countries. The social responsability programs are a key component in the company’s strategy. The biggest part of our CSR (Corporate Social Responsability) projects are done in partnership with local or national non-profit organizations and we are aiming at implementing complex social programs which adress a big group of people. More information: www.kaufland.ro

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization, with offices in 70 countries, with the mission to eradicate poor living. For 20 years now, Habitat for Humanity Romania has is been building new homes, rehabilitating dameged houses, offering technical support, providing energy efficiency programs and prevention and disaster risk response programs for vulnerable groups.

In 2005 Habitat for Humanity Romania initiated the Disaster Risk Reduction and Response program (DRRR), in order to reduce the disaster risk through the analysis and control of risks faced by families in vulnerable communities.
Habitat for Humanity Romania earned the Public Utility Statute in 2008 and, as a reusult, the organization can take over some of the responsibilities assumed by the public authorities in disaster response issues related to prevention and reconstruction.

Through the DRRR program, Habitat for Humanity Romania has helped, until now, over 45.000 people from 10 counties. www.habitat.ro

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