A team of Japanese volunteers arrived at Habitat for Humanity site in Ploiesti to build houses for the less privileged families


13 volunteers from Tokyo traveled for over 12.000 kilometers to build homes for the eight families that Habitat for Humanity helps getting a decent roof over their head through the “Building together for the Community” (“Construim impreuna pentru Comunitate”) project.

For the first time on a Habitat for Humanity Romania construction site, the volunteers are going to work from the 17th of August until the 26th together with the beneficiary families, on the interior finishes, digging the sewerage and finishing the sidewalks.

All the 13 volunteers got part-time jobs, in order to cover all logistic costs (that include transportation, accommodation, meals and protection equipment) and a donation for the constructions as well. “We chose to do this because of the difficulties we had when we tried to organize the fund-raising events and maybe the reason is the fact that some of the Japanese believe that Romania is not a poor country.”, said Tomoki Takai, the leader of the Japanese volunteer group.

The reason behind this volunteer work was the curiosity of finding out how does Romania look like and which are the problems that the Romanians have. “This experience will give me the opportunity of finding out new things about Romania, as I don’t know that many things about the South-East European countries. I was very surprised to see that Romania was one of the options for doing volunteer work because I thought that as a European Union member it would be a very developed country, which would not need the help of other states.”

Besides the actual work, the Japanese volunteers are going to visit the Bran and Peles Castles, the Prahova salt mine and they are going to do a Bucharest city tour as well.