Ever since 1986, the first Monday of October has been declared by the UN as being the World Habitat Day. Every year, Habitat for Humanity Romania celebrates World Habitat Day with BIG BUILD, an accelerated build and volunteering event, through which brings focus over the need of a safe, decent and attainable shelter and gathers stakeholders from around the world to bring joy in the hearts of the families that live in precarious conditions.
Between the 5th and 9th October 2015, 8 houses were built in 5 days in Bacau, from the foundation to the roof, with the effort of over 200 volunteers arriving here from the USA, Slovakia and Northern Ireland, employees from companies Dedeman and Holzindustrie Schweighofer, local authorities and personalities.
The volunteers worked for 7,000 hours so that the 8 beneficiary families would have a place to call “home”.
Behind the numbers though, there are the emotions of over 200 volunteers that worked together for the same goal: a place to call “home”.
Stefania, Romania, Habitat for Humanity local volunteer
From the sound of the hammers that were “singing” simultaneously the first morning of the event to the shouts of joy given by the placement of the last tile, these were 5 days of losing track of our daily lives. We forgot for a moment about how far from home we are here, about our work, family and friends, because here be built a new family and created new friendships.
Five days. Hundreds of hours of hard work, of strong will, of pure happiness, with children’s smiles, with our helmets always on, with personal fulfillment, with American, Irish and Slovak accents, with new skills, with love stories; 5 days of being among extraordinary people.
Big Build 2015 was itself a place to call “home”. And this “home” wasn’t about the materials, the time or even about the build. This “home” was about hope, about dreams, about selflessness, it was about the wonderful people we’ve met and about the greatest reward: the tears of joy and hope of the families that now have their own place to call “home”.
”Sponsors and stars”
We want to thank the international and national volunteers, our sponsors Dedeman, Kaufland, Tondach, Kronospan, AdePlast, Teraplast, Politub, MTI – Saint Gobain Group, AkzoNobel, DB Schenker, Fiskars, Epics Photobooth, Aqua Carpatica, the journalists from the national television Prima TV, our VIP advocates Speak, ADDA, Cabral, LORA, Andrei Leonte, Ionut Iftimoaie, Proconsul, Ioana Maria Moldovan, Livia Graur, the teams from Trasnitii and Cronica Cârcotașilor, the local authorities of Bacau county and to everyone that has contributed to this event.
See you with fresh energy and drive at the 2016 BIG BUILD!