Plea for decent housing: 50 lawyers are building homes for low-income families in Cumpana


50 volunteers, employees of Addleshaw Goddard, one of UK’s leading law firms, will work on Habitat for Humanity worksite in Cumpana to help eight low-income families to have a safe and decent home. Between the 6th and 11th of August, the volunteers will work together with the beneficiary families at building the brick walls and at the interior and exterior insulation of the houses.

Besides the 2,000 hours worked on the site, the Addleshaw Goddard volunteers are also making a donation that will be used to help building the houses in Cumpana.

The partnership between Habitat for Humanity Romania and Addleshaw Goddard started ten years ago. Since then, more than 425 lawyers have volunteered on the organization’s worksites and approximately 1.8 million RON were donated to support decent housing in Romania.

Working on the site, to help families in need, it’s also a great teambuilding experience for the Addleshaw Goddard employees. The time spent in Cumpana will help them getting to know each other and become friends.

“I really like working with my colleagues on the site. On the first day we plastered, and today I worked on a scaffold, I was a little bit scared, but I overcame my fears. I think this is what Habitat for Humanity is all about, it helps you do things you don’t think you are able to do. I am glad that I had the chance to meet and work with the families at making their dream come true, to have their own home, said Sofia, 23 years old.

One of the families helped by Addleshaw Goddard is Sorin Luzinschi’. Sorin, 36 years old, works as a docker. His biggest wish is to offer a healthy and safe home to Dana, his wife, and Ioana, their 5 years old daughter.

„We have lived in my parents’ apartment for so long. They are working in Italy now, they want to return home, but there’s no room for them. I mean, if they come back, we wouldn’t have a place to stay”, said Sorin.

Over 200 volunteers, from abroad and Romanian companies, such as Raiffeisen Bank and ADP, have worked so far at building the eight homes. The houses are built in quadruplex system, with Porotherm bricks, donated by Wienerberger Romania. Other construction materials are donated by Siniat Romania and Tondach Romania.

Habitat for Humanity is active in Constanta County since 2006, through its affiliate in Cumpana.